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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Morning glories multiply and are rarely seriously hampered by pests or diseases.
|The aphids||Species of insect||The 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 Fusarium||The 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 leaves||Species 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 fungus||The 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 surface||The 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.