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How to Grow Morning Glory Flowers


Annual, Ipomoea purpurea

Want to fill a trellis or fence in a flash? Try fast growing Morning Glories. These popular vining plants, grow 15 to 20 feet during the gardening season. They  produce an abundance of big blooms. These easy to grow climbers, readily reseed the areas they are planted each year.  

Morning Glories have dark, heart-shaped leaves and an abundance of trumpet shaped 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 bicolors.

Morning Glory needs something to climb. They will quickly grow and cover obstacles with leaves and flowers. Try them on a fence, lamp posts, or a trellis.

Did you know? Morning Glories are considered "noxious weeds" to some folk. They are against the law to grow in Arizona!

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Plant Propagation:

Morning Glory are grown from seeds. To increase the germination rate and speed, nick the thick seed coat or soak it in warm water for a few hours to soften it.

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How to Grow Morning Glory Plants:

Morning Glory plants like full sun.  They will grow in average to poor soils. Add compost prior to planting, if your soil is poor.

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

For optimum growth, add a general purpose fertilizer when planting them, then once a month after that.

Established Morning Glories require little attention. Ideally, the soil should be moist, but not wet. Water them during dry periods, once or twice per week. Mulch around the plants, to keep weeds down, and improve appearance.

Morning Glory plants 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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Insect and Disease:

Insect and disease problems are infrequent. Apply insecticide or fungicide only if needed.

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