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Morning Glory

A true old-fashioned beauty, annual morning glory vines with their large, trumpet-shaped flowers are easy to grow from seed.

Morning Glory​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

Morning Glory Seeds

A true old-fashioned beauty, morning glory yields large, trumpet-shaped blossoms.

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All the heirloom flower seed offered by Planet Natural is non-treated, non-GMO and NOT purchased from Monsanto-owned Seminis. Planting instructions are included with each packet and shipping is FREE!​

Quick Guide: Planting, Growing & Caring for Morning Glories

  1. Colors range from bold purple to pink, red and blue
  2. Self-seeding annual; climbs 6-18 feet high if supported
  3. Direct seed after last frost, but seed must be prepared for best results (see above)
  4. Needs full sun and consistent moisture
  5. 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

Site Preparation

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

A couple of the garden pests, including aphids and leafminer, are found attacking morning glory. Watch closely and take the following common sense, least-toxic approach to pest control:

  • 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.

Foliage and flowers are susceptible to fungal problems including rust and Fusarium wilt. To reduce these plant diseases:

  • 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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14 Responses to “Morning Glory”

  1. Vonnie LegoreVonnie Legore on August 12th, 2016 at 9:18 am #

    This is the second year in a row that I have lovely leaves but no flowers on my morning glories. Any reason that you know of why this happens? This year I even started them inside.

    • Hanna on September 22nd, 2016 at 3:56 am #

      I have the same problem. On one side of our terrace is lovely cover, a lot of bads and every morning I am waiting for my Glory. But Summer just is over today.

    • Kyle on March 18th, 2018 at 9:44 pm #

      Do you have your plants in full sun? Are the plants in a container and if so is it large enough? Have you provided any fertilizers – paying special attention to providing ample phosphorus and potassium to encourage blooms.

    • Anonymous on May 29th, 2018 at 7:22 am #

      If you have lush growth and no flowers stop watering.

  2. Amy Doud on September 29th, 2017 at 4:21 am #

    Can I take a piece of the vine of morning Glory and replant it? Thanks Amy

  3. Gregg L. Friedman MD on January 13th, 2018 at 9:10 pm #

    I find that morning glories grow well in South Florida. They will do well in Full Sun and Partial Shade. They do not seem to have many problems with insect pests. By Gregg L. Friedman MD

  4. THR1211 on February 7th, 2018 at 3:13 am #

    How long do they normally take to seed?

  5. PJB on March 31st, 2018 at 9:13 am #

    If I have two morning glory plants in the same pot, will the still thrive? Or will one kill the other or maybe they will both be stunt? Should I plant only one per pot? Thanks!

    • Gracie on July 17th, 2018 at 3:08 pm #

      You should be safe to put 2 or more morning glory plants in one pot, as long as it’s large. I have one big pot in which I keep 2 to 4 plants in each year. I’ve never had trouble with them growing together.

  6. Anonymous on May 30th, 2018 at 9:13 am #

    You need to give them bloom nutrients.

  7. Haha on August 14th, 2018 at 6:37 pm #

    Wow, psycho active properties? I don’t believe it.

  8. Dee on February 15th, 2019 at 9:47 am #

    I always thought that morning glories would only thrive in soil that was not rich or fertilized. I thought they would be green and full of foliage but without flowers. Is that not true?!

    • E.S. on July 3rd, 2019 at 10:48 am #

      That is true. I’m really surprised and confused by this article suggesting using fertilizers or even adding compost when you initially plant. Fertilizing is a nearly foolproof way to ensure that you DO NOT get any blooms. At least that has Always been my experience having grown morning glories for over 25 years.

  9. Alyssa M Holt on March 3rd, 2020 at 8:12 am #

    How many seeds do you get per flower when you go to harvest them?

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