Growing Morning Glories

Growing Morning Glories
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Growing Morning GloriesMany of you may think of morning glory as a weed, and they are related to the bindweed, which is a wild morning glory. However, once you've seen the beautiful purple, pink or white blooms first thing in the morning with the sun shining on their fragile petals they'll be one of your favorites too. The flowers will fade by afternoon, but the next morning more will be there to greet you.

Morning glory can be direct seeded into the soil after the last frost, but you will have much earlier blooms if you plant indoors 5-6 weeks ahead of time. They are a little tricky to transfer. Use little peat pots that can be put directly into the soil where you want the plant to grow.

The seed of the morning glory is very hard. I soak mine overnight before planting to soften the hard shell. Growing morning glories is easy; keeping them where you want them is a little more difficult. You will notice that soon after a bloom fades a perfectly round capsule forms. This is full of tiny black seeds. Once it dries the capsule opens and morning glory seeds drop everywhere. Unless you are so diligent as to cut off EVERY pod they will spread and reseed.

The solution: plant morning glories where they can flourish each year without bothering other plants. A fence row is perfect- chain link or wood. Perhaps you have a side of a barn, shed or your house that is sunny and needs something to brighten it. Put up a trellis, or several along the wall and grow morning glories.

Another idea is putting up a "tippee" made of wood or bamboo in an out of the way place. I've also grown morning glories in containers with success, though they don't grow as tall. Hanging baskets work well too, as long as you dispose of the seed pods as they dry. The good thing about morning glories is they pull up very easily if they reseed where you don't want them.

All of this said, I can't imagine a summer without morning glories in my garden. They are a beautiful flower, and my mornings would not be the same without their blooms.

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About The Author

Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer living on ten acres in rural Michigan with her husband and three kids. She is a mom, grandma, gardener, cook and writer. She blogs on all of these topics at Harvestmoongazette.blogspot.com.

 
 

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