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How to Grow Morning Glory Plants

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Annual, Ipomoea purpurea

This speedy climber is the ultimate in old-fashioned charm! Depending upon variety, vines grow up to 20 feet in a season. Morning Glories have dark, heart-shaped leaves and produce breath-taking trumpet flowers up to 3 inches in diameter.

The big, fragrant Morning Glory flowers unfurl to greet the morning sun, then close up in the afternoon. Colors include white, red, pink, purple, blue, and bicolors. Give your Morning Glory plant something to climb up. They will entwine themselves around obstacles. They are perfect grown on a fence, lamp post or trellis.

Did you know? The Morning Glory family includes Moonflowers that only bloom at night.

Plant Height: 8' - 20'

Popular Varieties: Clark's Heavenly Blue, Choice Picotee(blue and red), Grandpa Ott,   Blues Brothers, Flying Saucers, Early Call. More about Morning Glory varieties


Plant Propagation:

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Morning Glory are grown from seeds. The seed coat is thick. Nick Morning Glory seeds, or soak it in warm water for a couple of hours, to soften it. This will increase germination rates, and speed the time to germinate the seeds..

Sow Morning Glory seeds early in the season, and cover lightly with 1/4" of soil. Water thoroughly once. Thin or space plants to a final distance of 6" apart. They will tolerate a little crowding, if there is ample supports for their vines to spread up and out.

Tip: Seeds have a very hard coat. Nick seeds. or soak overnight to improve germination rate. 

Days to Germination: 5 - 10


How to Grow Morning Glory Plants:

Growing Morning Glories is easy. Morning Glory plants like full sun. Add a general purpose fertilizer when planting them, then once a month after that.

Once your Morning Glories are established, they should grow well, even if left unattended. Soil should be moist, but not wet. Water them during dry periods, once or twice per week. Mulch around them to keep weeds down and improve appearance.

Morning Glory are half hardy annuals. They will often survive the first frost, especially if grown along the house or other buildings. They will not survive a hard frost or freeze.

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Flowers Bloom: Summer through Fall


Insect and Disease:

Morning glories have few problems with insects and disease. If insect or disease problems occur, treat early with organic or chemical insect repellents and fungicide.


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