How to Grow Moonflower Plants
Annual, Perennial, Ipomea
Moonflowers are nocturnal bloomers, perfect for night owls and late night
strollers. After sunset, these huge white flowers bloom and glow all night
in the moonlight. Then, as the sun rises, they close their fragrant blooms.
Moonflowers are a vining plant, and can grow as much as 12-18 feet in a single
year. They are perennial in their native tropical homes, and used as annuals
in more northerly areas.
Moonflower plants are prolific climbers with attractive leaves. When growing
moonflowers, make sure to plant them where they can climb quickly towards
the moon. Plant them along patios and sidewalks, where people are likely
to be in early evening hours.
Plant Height: 10 - 20 feet
Moonflowers are grown from seeds. Sow Moonflower seeds directly into your
Sow Moonflower seeds early in the season after all danger of frost. Cover
seeds with 1/4" soil. They can also be started indoors 3-4 weeks before the
last frost to get a jump start on the season. Water thoroughly once. They
germinate easily and will grow quickly.
Tip: Soak seeds overnight to improve germination rates.
Thin or space your plants to at least 6" apart.
Days to Germination: 5 - 10
How to Grow Moonflower Plants:
Moonflower plants like full to partial sun during the daylight hours. You
will like the fact that Moonflower thrive in poor, dry soils. That makes
them useful in areas where many other popular plants just won't grow. It
also makes them easy to grow with little care or attention. Just plant them,
and away they grow!
Add mulch around the plants for appearance and to keep weeds down. Fertilizer
can be applied, but is usually not needed.
Moonflower are susceptible to frost. They may survive the first light frost
with only a little damage. Moonflowers are most often planted near a house
or building. So, a light frost may kill the plants away from the house, yet
spare your Moonflowers for another day. They will not survive a hard frost
Flowers Bloom: Summer through Fall
Insect and Disease:
Insects and disease problems are not a major problem. If problems occur,
treat early with organic or chemical insect repellents and fungicide.
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