Morning glory vines are speedy climbers. And, they are the ultimate in old-fashioned charm! Depending upon variety, the vines grow up to 20 feet in a season. Morning Glory flower plants have dark, heart-shaped leaves and produce breath-taking trumpet flowers up to 3 inches in diameter.
The big, fragrant flowers unfurl to greet the morning sun, then close up in the afternoon. Colors include white, red, pink, purple, blue, and many bicolors. Give this vining plant something tall to climb up. They will entwine themselves around any obstacles in their path. 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.
Flowers Bloom: Summer through Fall
Plant Height: 8′ – 20′
Popular Varieties: Clark’s Heavenly Blue, Choice Picotee(blue and red), Grandpa Ott, Blues Brothers, Flying Saucers, Early Call.
Annual, Ipomoea purpurea
Today’s Quote: “A morning glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.” – – Walt Whitman
Morning Glory is grown from seeds. The seed coat is thick. Nick the seeds or soak them in warm water for a couple of hours, to soften them. This will increase germination rates and speed the time to germinate the seeds.
Sow the 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 are ample supports for their vines to spread up and out.
Tip: Seeds have a very hard coat. Nick seeds. or soak overnight to improve the germination rate.
Days to Germination: 5 – 10 days.
Growing Morning Glories is easy. The plants grow best in full sun. Add a general-purpose fertilizer when planting them, then once a month after that.
Once your plants 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 Glories are half-hardy annuals. They will often survive the first frost, especially if grown along with the house or other buildings. They will not survive a hard frost or freeze.
Ideal Soil pH: 6.0 – 7.5.
Plant Problems – Identify the causes and find the cures.
The plants experience very few problems with insects and disease. If insect or disease problems occur, treat early with organic or chemical insect repellents and fungicide.