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How to Grow Moonflower Plants


Annual, Perennial, Ipomea

Moonflower plants produce bright, huge, delicately fragrant flowers for all to see. And, it happens at night! Yup, these terrific bloomers are on display at night. The blooms open after sunset, offering up a wonderful sight and smell for you to enjoy during a moonlight stroll. At sunrise, the show is over, and the fragrant blooms close up for the day.

Easy to grow Moonflowers are a vining plant, perfect for a trellis or fence. These climbers are related to Morning Glories. Perennials in their native tropical homes, gardeners grow them as annuals in many areas. The fast growing vines can reach 12-18 feet in a single year.

To enjoy these plants, grow them along walkways, paths and near the house. Or, plant them near the front sidewalk, where neighbors and passersby can envy you for the nighttime blooms.

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Plant Propagation:

Moonflowers are a fast growing climber, that is grown from seeds. Sow Moonflower seeds directly into your flower garden. Or, start indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost to get a jump start on the season.

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How to Grow Moonflower Plants:

Moonflower plants prefer full sun. They do well in average to poor soils, and tolerate dry conditions.

Cover seeds with 1/4" soil. Water thoroughly. They germinate easily and sprout in 2 - 3 weeks.

Thin or space your plants to at least 6" apart.

Add mulch around the plants for appearance and to keep weeds down. Fertilizer can be applied, but is usually not needed.

When growing Moonflowers, provide a trellis or fencing for the vines to climb. Pruning is not necessary.

Moonflower are annuals and susceptible to frost. Often grown near a house or building, they may survive a light frost.

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Insect and Disease:

Insect and disease problems are infrequent. Apply insecticides or fungicides only as needed.

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