Morning Glory Print

 

Morning glory is a common name for over 1,000 species of flowering plants in the family Convolvulaceae, whose current taxonomy and systematics is in flux. Morning glory species belong to many genera, some of which are:

 

  • Calystegia
  • Convolvulus
  • Ipomoea
  • Merremia
  • Rivea
  • Astripomoea
  • Operculina
  • Stictocardia
  • Argyreia
  • Lepistemon

 

Grow Morning Glory from seeds:


Most morning glory flowers unravel into full bloom in the early morning. The flowers usually start to fade a couple of hours before the "petals" start showing visible curling. They prefer full solar exposure throughout the day and mesic soils. Some morning glories, such as Ipomoea muricata, are night blooming flowers.


In some places such as Australian bushland, some species of morning glories (bindweed) develop thick roots and tend to grow in dense thickets. They can quickly spread by way of long creeping stems. By crowding out, blanketing and smothering other plants, morning glory has turned into a serious invasive weed problem.


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.

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 them 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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