Everything you Wanted to Know about Growing Moonflowersby Arlene Wright-Correll
Home Farm Herbery
Moonflower Heirloom Seeds - Ipomea alba
Moonflowers are nocturnal bloomers, perfect for night owls and late night strollers. After sunset, these huge white flowers bloom and glow all night in the moonlight. Then, as the sun rises, they close their fragrant blooms. At Home Farm Herbery we enjoy it's evening performance as well as heavy fragrance. The flowers unfold very quickly and that in itself is an event worth waiting for! Annual, Blooms Summer to Fall. 10' - 20' vine, prefers Full Sun. Sow outside in spring after last frost or early summer. Sow inside: 6 to 8 weeks before planting outside. Sow ½ inch deep and 1 inch apart and germinations in 10 to 20 days.
We love these fragrant night bloomers especially when we sit out on our screened in patio in the evening sipping a glass of wine with good friends.
In the fall we harvest what we can to keep these heirloom seeds in the systems, save some for ourselves and then package and share some with others who want to try them. We then send any proceeds from these sales to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Sometimes we only are able to create a few packages of approx. 50 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.
Years ago I planted the first heirloom seeds without realizing that Moonflowers are a vining plant, and can grow as much as 12-18 feet in a single year. So they were all over the ground. I now know better and put them where they can climb. They are perennial in their native tropical homes and used as annuals in more northerly areas and this vine great near and entrance or under a window.
Moonflower plants are prolific climbers with attractive leaves. When growing moonflowers, make sure to plant them where they can climb quickly towards the moon. Plant them along patios and sidewalks, where people are likely to be in early evening hours.
Moonflower(Ipomoea alba), This vining plant is a fast-growing vine great near and entrance or under a window. You are sure to enjoy it's evening performance as well as heavy fragrance. The flowers unfold very quickly and that in itself is an event worth waiting for! Annual, Blooms Summer to Fall. 10' - 20' vine, prefers Full Sun. Sow outside in spring after last frost or early summer. Sow inside: 6 to 8 weeks before planting outside.1/2 " deep 1" apart. 10 - 20 days . Average Count: 30 seeds,
Moonflowers are grown from seeds. Sow Moonflower seeds directly into your flower garden.
Sow Moonflower seeds early in the season after all danger of frost. Cover seeds with 1/4" soil. They can also be started indoors 3-4 weeks before the last frost to get a jump start on the season. Water thoroughly once. They germinate easily and will grow quickly.
Thin or space your plants to at least 6" apart.
How to Grow Moonflower Plants:
Moonflower plants like full to partial sun during the daylight hours. You will like the fact that Moonflower thrive in poor, dry soils. That makes them useful in areas where many other popular plants just won't grow. It also makes them easy to grow with little care or attention. Just plant them, and away they grow!
Add mulch around the plants for appearance and to keep weeds down. Fertilizer can be applied, but is usually not needed.
Moonflowers are susceptible to frost. They may survive the first light frost with only a little damage. Moonflowers are most often planted near a house or building. So, a light frost may kill the plants away from the house, yet spare your Moonflowers for another day. They will not survive a hard frost or freeze.
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Posted by Arlene @ 11:59 AM CDT