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Morning glories are not immediately obvious "house plants." They are common outdoor vines, especially used as ground covers, either in tropical regions or temperate areas. In the tropics, where most morning glory species hail from, they are typically perennial. In temperate regions, they are more commonly used as annuals.
Common name: Morning Glory
Color: pink, purple-blue, magenta, or white
Bloom time: early summer to the first frost
Height: Morning glory vines reach a height of 10 feet or more
Difficulty level: Easy
Planting & Care
If you want to cover your fence FAST, the best choice would probably have to be Morning Glories. Morning Glories are very fast growing plants, that depending on the species, may be annual or tender perennial vines with light green, heart shaped leaves.
They produce a non-stop show of large, blue, pink, purple, red, or white trumpet shaped, sometimes fragrant flowers from early summer until the first hard frost. Each flower only lasts for a single day or night. The Moon Flower, Ipomoea alba is a night blooming species with fragrant white flowers.
Moon Flowers may also open on overcast days.
Morning Glory flowers will attract both hummingbirds and butterflies to your gardens. They may die in the winter, but Morning Glories readily re-seed themselves each year, and will rapidly cover your fence the next spring.
Sunlight: For best growth, the morning glory flower plant requires full sun.
Soil: Plant in moderately fertile, well-drained soil.
Water: Water during dry periods.
Fertilizer: When first planting your morning glory flowers, include a slow-release fertilizer in the potting soil. When the flowers are blooming, use a high-phosphate fertilizer while the flowers are blooming.
- Garden conditions: Best in good soil which does not dry out and with plenty of sun when it will flower all summer on a fence or wall.
- Some are unsuitable for cold summers.
- Needs support from wires, trellis or mature shrubs.
- Thrives in large tubs, some also good trailing in baskets.
- Sowing indoors: Sow the seeds of tender forms in mid spring, in pairs, in 31/2in/7.
- 5cm pots of fresh potting compost and cover with their own depth of compost.
- Keep moist and germinate at 75F/22C.
- If both seeds germinate, remove the weaker of the two.
- Hardier forms can be sown later and cooler.
- Growing on: Once the plants are growing well, provide a cane for support and reduce the temperature to 60F/15C.
- Low temperatures will stunt growth and cause cream streaks in the foliage.
- Potting on: Move on into 5in/12.
- 5cm pots as the pot fills with roots and provide extra support; pinch back to prevent lank growth.
- Pruning: Dead head the spent flowers and she will keep flowering all summer long…from July until October.
- Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer after planting and monthly.
- Support climbers and trailing species.
- Morning glories are low-maintenance.
- Water during dry periods.
- Mulch to retain moisture and avoid weeds.
- Pests: Aphids, leaf miner, spider mite, caterpillar (leaf cutter) Disease/Fungus: Rust, fungal leaf spots, and Fusarium Wilt Critters: Deer can be a nuisance.
These plants are known as vigorous climbers, able to scamper up almost anything you can offer. Although they look delicate, their tendrils are surprisingly strong, which is a good quality in an indoor vine. For best results, provide some kind of structure and give them plenty of light and moisture for a mid-summer bloom, right in the warmest seasons.
Morning glories are vulnerable to pests including aphids, mealy bugs, scale, and white fly. If possible, identify the infestation as early as possible and treat with the least toxic option.
http://www.almanac.com/plant/morning-glories http://www.balconycontainergardening.com/plants/86-grow-care-morning-glories http://www.thegardenhelper.com/morningglory.htm
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