Growing Morning Glory From Seed
If you’ve ever wondered how to grow morning glory from seed, bedding out or wrapping up can put your mind at ease. It’s not difficult and young morning glory plants are easy to bring indoors for winter. Gardeners and morning glory plants share a common passion- bringing things to life. So, let’s start with the basics.
What is morning glory?
It’s a common name for some hardy flowering vines in the Convolvulaceae family. There are about 200 species of these woody morning glory vines, nearly all are native to warmer climates including Asia, Africa, North America, and the Caribbean. Morning glory flowers have evolved with adaptations to attract hummingbirds – the only pollinators powerful enough to reach their nectar. When they fully grown, they usually look beautiful and bright like the morning sun
Types of morning glory plants:
Morning glory is a flower that blooms in the morning and they come in different varieties. There are many different types of morning glories, including:
* Ipomoea alba: This is the most common type of morning glory and can grow up to 10 feet tall.
* Ipomoea tricolor: This is also known as scarlet creeper because it has red flowers.
* Ipomoea pandurata: The leaves of this plant are heart-shaped and it has white flowers.
Growing morning glory from seed isn’t as easy as growing a tomato or basil from seed, but it certainly is easier than growing kiwi from seed. The steps below will show you how to grow morning glory from seed and then grow the beautiful flowering vine you came to expect to see at your home.
What you need:
- 1 packet of morning glory seeds (you can find these at your local farmers’ market) and you can make sure to see that each morning glory seed is healthy
- Fungicides and pesticides to clear off the garden pests.
- A sunny spot with fertile, well-drained soil—you want to make sure the soil is rich in nutrients
- A water source nearby that isn’t going to dry out quickly (if you’re growing in pots, this means a drip irrigation system or a watering can)
Steps to grow morning glory:
- Start with clearing you garden debris and utilize pest control especially at the garden edges and garden centres.
- Follow up with the seeds of morning glory. They are available at most garden supply stores, or you can buy them online.
- soak the seeds in water overnight in tepid water, then plant the seeds in a potting soil mix with holes for drainage (or use seed trays).
- Water daily until the seeds germinate, which should take anywhere from 3-10 days depending on temperature and weather conditions.
- When they begin to sprout, thin them out so that only one remains per pot or tray. If more than one sprouts are growing in one hole, remove all but one and transplant it into another hole in a separate tray or pot if necessary for adequate spacing between plants once they mature enough to be planted outdoors or indoors as houseplants (depending on your climate).
- Keep watering regularly until the morning glories have grown enough roots to support themselves without wilting (usually about 2 months after germination).
To sum it all up, morning glories are incredibly easy to grow from seed and can add some needed color to your garden in the hot summer months. Care of morning glory vines are not particularly difficult , either. So go ahead: plant some seeds, sit back, and enjoy a beautiful summer of blooming morning glories.
We have also written an article about how to grow roses from seeds.