Morning glory vine forms twining vines with bell-shaped flowers, and its varieties have also become intertwined botanically under the name "morning glory. These rapidly growing vines are closely related to the sweet potato. Flowers are white, blue, pink, purple, red, and multicolored. There are even double forms. Because they're quick, easy, and dependably colorful, morning glory is the most popular annual vine. Annuals Image Gallery.
Description of morning glory vine: The vines grow quickly to 10 feet or more only two months after seeds sprout. The leaves are heart-shaped, and the flowers are normally open from dawn to midmorning, but new varieties will stay open longer, especially on overcast days.
Growing morning glory vine: Requirements are undemanding. Morning glories will thrive in full sun in any soil, especially if it is not too fertile or too moist. Sow the seeds outdoors when all danger of frost has passed.
Provide support. Because they grow by twining, they need extra help if planted around large posts.
Plant morning glory 8 to 12 inches apart. Propagating morning glory vine: Start new vines from seed. Soak the seeds in water for 24 hours before planting to speed germination.
To reduce re-seeding and control unwanted spreading, simply remove spent blooms as they fade or all the dead vines after the first killing frost in fall. Read more articles about Morning Glory. Keep up to date with all that's happening in and around the garden. Sign up for our newsletter. Friend's Email Address. Your Name. Your Email Address. Send Email.
Morning Glory. Image by Rosana Prada.
Morning glory is the common name for over 1, species of flowering plants in the family Convolvulaceae, whose current taxonomy and systematics are in flux. You can order Morning Glory seeds in our online smartshop What is Morning Glory? The seeds of several varieties of Morning glory (Ipomoea violacea) contain.
By Nikki Tilley Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden Morning glory flowers Ipomoea purpurea or Convolvulus purpureus are a common sight in many landscapes and may be found in any number of species within the Calystegia , Convolvulus , Ipomoea , Merremia and Rivea genera. How to Grow Morning Glory Flowers. Did you find this helpful? They will tolerate some very light shade, but bloom their best in full sun. Because of their rapid growth, choose a location that will allow for its mature size. Morning glories will readily self-seed if allowed, so make sure they are in an area that is accessible for cutting back spent blooms before they go to seed or an area where self-seeding is acceptable.
Read More. Main article: Ergine. It is a subspecies…. Our guarantee Contact Store location Forums. Morning glory is easy to grow from seed. I find that morning glories grow well in South Florida.
Be considerate of neighboring yards and where the seeds might fall. If planting from seed, file seeds to break the outer shell and soak for 24 hours prior to planting to help with germination. Cover lightly with one-quarter to one-half inch of soil and water thoroughly. Water deeply for several days after transplanting to help the roots get established in their new home. Helpful hint: If starting from seed, use peat or other disintegrating pots that can be planted directly in the soil to lessen the stress on the root system. No pruning is required; but to prevent unwanted self-seeding, old flowers should be thoroughly removed before they form seedpods.
Morning glories prefer moderately fertile, well-drained soil that is kept consistently moist until the plant is well established. Although usually not necessary, you can apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly during growing season. Be careful not to fertilize too much as this can produce more foliage than flowers. Water freely during growing season and once or twice a week during dry periods; but again, established morning glory plants can tolerate drier conditions. Cut back watering in winter. Softwood cuttings of perennial species can be rooted in spring or summer.
Harvest mature seeds in the fall.
Morning glory vines are sturdy and not generally affected by disease or pests, but can occasionally be susceptible to white blister, rust, fungal leaf spot, stem rot, and wilt. They can also be bothered by aphids , leaf miners, spider mites, and caterpillars. All morning glories should be grown with care and you should check for locally invasive species. Here are a few of the more widely acceptable types:. Trumpet-shaped purple flowers open in the morning and close in the afternoon, which is what gives morning glories their common name.
This fast grower grows up to 10 feet in one season. See more on the invasiveness of this species. This tropical native is noted for its fragrant nighttime blooms and broad, deep green leaves. Flowers open in the evening and close before noon the following day.