A true old-fashioned beauty! Home flower gardeners are growing morning glory (Ipomoea) for their vibrant colors including purples, reds, pinks and blues. This vigorous vining plant (up to 15 feet) is often found covering country fences where their delicate flowers greet you with the morning sun.
Perfect for covering walls, privacy screens and lattice, so give these hardy annuals support and watch them grow! Dwarf varieties, with their multi-colored blossoms, are especially unique! Try them in containers set against a trellis. Since these climbing beauties are self-seeding, you’ll probably get them coming back in the same spot year after year. Birds and bees love their large fragrant blossoms.
Fun fact: The seeds of morning glory contain psychedelic properties similar to LSD. Eating them in large doses (200-300 seeds) will produce a similar effect.
Morning Glory Seeds
A true old-fashioned beauty, morning glory yields large, trumpet-shaped blossoms.View all
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Quick Guide: Planting, Growing & Caring for Morning Glories
- Colors range from bold purple to pink, red and blue
- Self-seeding annual; climbs 6-18 feet high if supported
- Direct seed after last frost, but seed must be prepared for best results (see above)
- Needs full sun and consistent moisture
- Blooms in late summer to early fall
Sunlight: Full sun
Maturity: 75-110 days from seed to flower
Height: 6 to 15 feet if grown on a trellis
Spacing: 4 to 6 inches apart in all directions
Select a planting site that has full sun and moist, well-drained soil. Work organic compost or well-aged animal manure into the ground prior to planting to help retain moisture and prevent plants from wilting during the heat of the day. Read our article on garden soil preparation for more information.
How to Plant
Morning glory is easy to grow from seed. Plant outdoors 1/2 inch deep after the last frost and keep moist while germinating. Seeds will germinate in 5-21 days. Seeds can be nicked and soaked in water for 24 hours before planting for better results. Thin seedlings to 4-6 inches apart. Provide support so the young plants can climb.
If you have trouble getting morning glory started, make sure the planting site is in full sun and that the seedlings never dry out until they become established. Provide an organic bloom fertilizer two or three times during the gardening season.
Insect & Disease Problems
- Remove weeds and other garden debris to eliminate alternate hosts.
- Discard severely infested plants by securely bagging and putting in the trash.
- Release commercially available beneficial insects — ladybugs, lacewing — to attack and destroy insect pests.
- Spot treat pest problem areas with neem oil or other organic pesticide.
- Avoid overhead watering whenever possible (use soaker hoses or drip irrigation)
- Properly space plants to improve air circulation
- Apply copper or sulfur sprays to prevent further infection
- If problems persit, remove and discard infected plants
Seed Saving Instructions
Morning glories will cross-pollinate. Gardeners should only grow one variety at a time to save pure seed or isolate varieties by 1/4 mile. Seeds are ready to harvest when the seed capsules are completely dry and brown. Read our article Saving Heirloom Flower Seeds to learn more.
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