"Early Call Mix" is the easiest Morning Glory to Grow from Seedsby Arlene Wright-Correll
Home Farm Herbery
Morning Glory Seeds - "Early Call Mix" Ipomea purpurea
At Home Farm Herbery we enjoy a very colorful mixture of early, large blooming morning glories. This variety does not spread and become a pest like wild varieties. Flowers open in the morning and fade by afternoon. This variety blooms from midsummer to fall and it is ideal for arbors, trellises and fences or trailing down banks or from containers.
I do not think there is anything more beautiful than seeing the sun shining on these beauties on the trellis along side my carport as I go about my business each morning. They thrill me throughout their whole growing season.
As with many of our seeds we harvest what we can in the fall in order to preserve these heirloom seeds not only for our next season but to share with other gardeners who want to preserve the heirloom variety of these seeds. It allows us to send the proceeds to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Often we only have a limited supply so we package them with approx. 25 heirloom seeds per pkt $5.99 with free shipping and each order comes with a free complimentary herb or herb blend of our choice so buy yours today. Plus all our seeds come with special planting instruction sheets and other free goodies we can think of.
How to Grow from the Ipomea Family - Morning Glory Seeds - Moonflower Seeds
The Morning Glory family includes Moonflowers that only bloom at night.
Vines grow 10 to 20 feet in a season. Morning Glories have dark, heart-shaped leaves and produce breath-taking trumpet flowers up to 3 inches in diameter. Morning Glories don’t like to be well fed. If they are, they will grow huge and lush vines, but won’t flower. Is it past the Summer Solstice date of June 21st? Morning Glories are “short day” plants, meaning that they will only set flowers when the days are shorter than 12 hours. As summer continues past the Solstice (the longest day of the year), the days shorten and nights lengthen, eventually triggering blooms. Depending on your geographical location, some gardeners will not see blooms until late July, August, or even early September in temperate areas.
The big, fragrant flowers unfurl to greet the morning sun, then close up in the afternoon. Colors include white, red, pink, purple, blue, and bicolor. Give your Morning Glory plant something to climb up. They will entwine themselves around obstacles. They are perfect grown on a fence, lamppost or trellis.
Morning Glory is grown from seeds. The seed coat is very thick. Nick Morning Glory seeds, or soak it in warm water overnight to soften it ,and this will increase germination rates.
Sow Morning Glory seeds early in the season and cover lightly with 1/4" of soil. Water thoroughly once. Thin or space plants to a final distance of 6" apart. They will tolerate a little crowding if there is ample supports for their vines to spread up and out.
Morning Glory plants like full sun. Add a general purpose fertilizer when planting them, then once a month after that.
Once your Morning Glories are established, they should grow well, even if left unattended. Soil should be moist, but not wet. Water them during dry periods, once or twice per week.
Morning Glory is half hardy annuals. They will often survive the first frost, especially if grown along the house or other buildings. Morning glories have very few problems with insects and disease. If insect or disease problems occur, treat early with organic or chemical insect repellents and fungicide. They will not survive a hard frost or freeze.
Morning Glory plants like full sun. They will grow in average to poor soils. Add compost prior to planting, if your soil is poor.
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Posted by Arlene @ 12:13 PM CDT