The Best Way to Plant, How to Grow and Care for Morning Glories?

Morning glory

Emma DowneyByEmma Downey
Updated on 8/13/2022

Morning glory

How Are Morning Glories Cultivated And Maintained?

These robust climbers feature gorgeously formed blossoms that open up in the sunlight and charming tendrils that provide a vintage appeal. Discover how to grow morning glories in your garden!

Concerning Morning Glories

Early summer is the best time of year to see morning glory flowers because they are in bloom until the first frost of October. Their trumpet-shaped flowers have heart-shaped leaves and thin stalks and are available in pink, purple-blue, magenta, or white. Their fragrant, vibrant blossoms are not only pleasing to the sight but also a favorite of hummingbirds and butterflies.

Morning glory vines can be used as a dense groundcover or trained to twine over a pergola or arch. This drought-tolerant plant can self-seed very quickly and multiplies—up to 10 feet in one season. As a result, you need to be careful where you place this plant! If not, you might get more morning glories than you anticipated.

A word of caution: Morning glory seeds are poisonous, especially in considerable amounts. Keep them away from children and animals.

Exactly How Do Morning Glory and Bindweed Differ From One Another?

Bindweed and morning glory

 

An invasive, aggressive weed native to Europe and Asia, annual field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) is commonly confused with its perennial cousin, the yearly morning glory (Ipomoea species). The perennial morning glory also called field bindweed or creeping jenny, grows similarly to annual morning glories but has profound roots that allow it to overwinter in places where farmed morning glories cannot.

Take a Close Look at The Leaves, Flowers, and Vines of The Plants To Determine The Differences Between Them:

leaves and flowers

 

  • The leaves of annual morning glories are often larger than field bindweed. Morning glory leaves can measure up to 2 inches, although bindweed leaves rarely do. Additionally, bindweed leaves resemble an arrowhead than morning glories' heart-shaped leaves.
  • While annual morning glory flowers can be pink, white, magenta, blue, purple, or red, field bindweed flowers are only seen in pink or white. In contrast, the flowers of the morning glory are much larger than those of the bindweed.

  • Morning glory vines often contain smaller hairs and are thicker than bindweed vines.

In any case, it's advised to err on caution and treat any plant that resembles a morning glory in your garden as a weed if you weren't the one who planted it.

Planting

In a sunny location, grow morning glory. For the best bloom, they require lots of sunlight!

Plant in moderately fertile and well-draining soil to promote healthy foliage growth and an abundance of blossoms.

Finally, pick a spot protected from solid breezes that can dry things up. To prevent vines from suffocating other ground-level plants, provide them with a fence, lattice, or trellis to climb.

The Best Time To Plant Morning Glory

Morning glory flower

 

Plant morning glory seeds once the earth has warmed to about 64°F (18°C) in late spring or early summer.

As delicate annuals, morning glories are tender to cold temperatures and late frosts.

How To Growing Morning Glories

  • There is a way to increase the germination rate of seeds by lightly filing down the sources to break the outer covering and soaking them for 24 hours before planting to help break down the outer cover. This prompts them to launch a root (it looks like a little worm).
  • Add a light 1/4-inch dirt layer on top. It is recommended that seeds be planted 6 inches apart from one another.
  • It is essential to water your plants when you are planting them thoroughly.
  • Within a week, seedlings should start to appear.

Growing

  • After planting, apply a balanced liquid fertilizer. Avoid overfertilizing to prevent the vine from producing more leaves than blooms.
  • Use trellises, pergolas, or arches as supports for this climbing plant.
  • Advice: Morning glories climb by whorling their vines around support, so make sure that whatever kind of building they are planted against has lots of room for whorling!
  • Morning glories require little care, although you should water them when the weather is dried Periods.
  • Mulch helps weeds grow less by retaining moisture.
  • Cut off old blossoms before they develop into seedpods if you don't want the plant to reseed itself. This may also motivate the plant to continue putting out new blooms.

Grow morning glories

Suggested Varieties

  • The traditional morning glory, known as "Heavenly Blue," has deep azure (blue) petals with white throats. It ascends 12 feet.

  • The "Scarlett O'Hara" flowers have a white throat and are vivid crimson. It ascends 15 feet.

Blue morning Glory Heavenly

Wisdom And Wit

  • One of the birth flowers for September is the morning glory.
  • If you've ever planted sweet potatoes, you might have noticed that the leaves and blooms of these plants resemble those of the morning glory. Both plants are Ipomoea genus members, indicating they are related.

Pests/Diseases

morning glory disease

 

Morning glories multiply and are rarely seriously hampered by pests or diseases.

Maladies And Pests Of Morning Glories

Pest/DiseaseTypeSymptomsControl/Prevention
The aphidsSpecies of insectThe leaves are distorted and yellow; the flowers are distorted; the leaves drop; the leaves are sticky with "honeydew" (excrement); the mold is sooty and black.

Apply insecticidal soap; spray with water; scrutinize new plants; use slow-release fertilizers; avoid excess nitrogen; encourage lacewings, ladybugs, and spiders to eat aphids






 

The wilt of FusariumThe fungus

Wilting of plants (sometimes one-sided) occurs during the day; later on, the entire plant wilts or dies; stunting; yellow leaves; poor flowering; roots rot; discoloration of the stem cross-section at the base




 

You need to destroy infected plants/roots/surrounding soil (do not compost); remove plant debris regularly; disinfect tools; use resistant varieties; avoid excess nitrogen; in acidic soils, raise the pH to 7.0; weed; rotate the plants every 3 to 5 years.
Miners of leavesSpecies of insect

Symptoms of tunneling larvae tunneling in the leaves include meandering blisters on leaves.



 

Remove infected leaves from the plant; weed the plant; use row covers; till the soil early in the season; rotate the plants.



 

Spots on the leaves caused by fungusThe fungus

The symptoms vary; leaf spots on lower leaves enlarge and turn brown/black; fuzzy growth or pustules develop in lesions; disease progresses upward; leaves die as a result



 

It is essential to destroy infected leaves/ severely infected plants (do not compost); remove plant debris regularly; disinfect tools; choose resistant varieties; ensure good air circulation; avoid overhead watering if possible.


 

A rusty surfaceThe fungus

Various symptoms occur; orange pimples appear on the undersides of the lower leaves; spots appear on upper leaf surfaces; foliage deforms, dies, or drops; stunting; poor flowering; plants weakened by disease.


 

Ensure that infected parts/severely diseased plants are destroyed; remove plant debris regularly; disinfect tools; choose resistant varieties; ensure good air circulation; avoid overhead watering, and weed regularly.