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Morning Glories

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Botanical name: Ipomoea

Plant type: Flower

Sun exposure: Full Sun

Soil type: Any, Sandy, Loamy

Flower color: Red, Pink, Blue, Purple, White

Bloom time: Summer, Fall

Morning glories are annual climbers with slender stems, heart-shaped leaves, and trumpet-shaped flowers in pink, purple-blue, magenta, or white. They have a beautiful shape before they unfold in the Sun and romantic tendrils that lend old-fashioned charm.

In warmer areas, train climbers over a pergola or arch, or use as dense groundcover. The vine grows quickly up to 15 feet in one season, and can self-seed fairly easily, too.

The flowers bloom from early summer to the first frost. Their big, fragrant, colorful flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

Note that the seeds are highly toxic if ingested.


  • Grow annuals in a sunny, sheltered site. They need a lot of sun.
  • Plant in moderately fertile, well-drained soil.
  • Choose a site that is sheltered from cold or drying winds.
  • Sow Morning Glory seeds early in the season once the ground has warmed to 64 degrees F.
  • File the seeds just long enough to break the coat and soak them for 24 hours before planting them. (They look like little worms.)
  • Cover lightly with 1/4-inch of soil. Space about 6 inches apart. Water thoroughly.


  • Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer after planting and monthly.
  • Support climbers and trailing species.
  • Morning glories are low-maintenance. Water during dry periods.
  • Mulch to retain moisture and avoid weeds.


  • Pests: Aphids, leaf miner, spider mite, caterpillar (leaf cutter)
  • Disease/Fungus: Rust, fungal leaf spots, and Fusarium Wilt
  • Critters: Deer can be a nuisance.

Recommended Varieties

  • 'Heavenly Blue' are the classic morning glories with the rich azure (blue) flowers with white throats. It climbs to 12 feet.
  • 'Scarlett O'Hara' has bright red flowers with a white throat. It climbs to 15 feet.

Photo credit: Audrey Lucas

Special Features

  • Attracts Butterflies
  • Attracts Birds


I grow Morning Glories every

By Gloria Liuzzo on March 24

I grow Morning Glories every year, last year I took the seeds from the pods and now have a bag full. I will be planting some but I want to wait to see if any seeds that dropped are going to grow. I don't want that many MG's since I have planted Honeysuckle and Bleeding hearts next to them. I see from the comments that they will choke other plants, so I guess I will have to pull any unwanted MG's. The bag I have I guess I have to disperse to family members I don't want some teenagers getting a hold of so many that they would eat them and get sick because they want a high. One tip I would like to share is that in the early stages and transplanting I used Kelp and the wilted transplanting ones came back to life. This Kelp is fantastic for any flowers or vegetable plants whether starting with seed, reviving or want more growth. Will my honeysuckle and bleeding hearts (which are in the middle)get choked out if there are MG's growing on each end?

Please don't just give to

By merv on March 27

Please don't just give to people who don't know what to do with them,as they lay dormant and spread.

The wild morning glory or

By Almanac Staff on March 25

The wild morning glory or bindweed is very invasive. The morning glory seeds that you buy at the garden center are not going to choke your other plants if you can control them a bit. Put up a trellis that they can climb and remove seedlings too close to your honeysuckle and bleeding hearts.

This is my first time growing

By Surferdood on March 14

This is my first time growing blue morning glories. Do you need to plant them one by one or in little groups?

Plant the seeds individually,

By Almanac Staff on March 16

Plant the seeds individually, about 3 inches apart.

Thank you for your advice

By Surferdood on March 21

Thank you for your advice

What is best for mg vines

By Andrea890 on March 9

What is best for mg vines that appear dry and break off easily? Should I have been pruning them?

This is a puzzle, Andrea,

By Almanac Staff on March 10

This is a puzzle, Andrea, because morning glories (Ipomoea purpurea) are generally pretty easy care.
It may be something about your soil. It likes a mid-range (6.0–6.5) pH. It also like well drained soil, but lots of moisture. Could yours be dry?
Finally, we are thinking that since morning glory self seeds,could it be that you have a crowd of them and so one or two are struggling to make it?
Hope this sheds some light . . .

I have planted mg each year

By Dana Ostrom

I have planted mg each year on a stockade fence then pull the seed pods at the end Nov. each year.(Oklahoma)It used to be all black seeds but now I'm getting about 30% white seeds also. Are these different color for next year or are they inert?

I planted a heavenly blue

By Barbie Nusbaum

I planted a heavenly blue morning glory plant in a fairly large pot with fencing behind it to trellis. I'm having some problems.(1)It's not really growing that fast or well. There are a few long pieces that have taken hold on the fence. But the leaves on the plant itself in the pot continue to die. I didn't realize it had to be full sun and it's probably getting 1/2 day if that. I don't know if I need to move it but I hate to disturb it and it's in an area that needs a lot of background foliage. (2)When I try to move a vine that's trailing on the ground or wrapping around another plant to put it on the fence, no matter how gentle I am, the vine almost always dies. I don't want to lose this plant. Also, I'm not sure since it's in a pot, how often to water it. Finally, if I could put it in the ground, I would, but it's a concrete back yard so I have to pot it. What should I do? Is there any way to save this and get it to grow? Thanks.

I just got seeds to plant so

By JodiW on March 21

I just got seeds to plant so I'm looking up care for MG. I just read that they do not like to be transplanted. That site suggest starting them in a peat pot and planting the entire thing. That's probably why they die even if you're gentle.

Okay , I had the same

By jeff peer on March 18

Okay , I had the same problem, this us what I did and it worked for me. store bought soils are always on the acid side (PH), thus your plants look sad and grow slow. When I use soils from Lowes or home Depot always mix some garden lime (powered form)
To moderate the soil acid in the pot. After plant comes up I place something in the pot so Water won't evaporate so quickly, and Water with half strength miracle grow and of course full sun.

I suggest to get some Kelp

By Gloria Liuzzo on March 24

I suggest to get some Kelp for any problem plant, Kelp will revive it and help it grow. Forget the Miracle Grow and add some good garden soil.

I have wild morning glories

By Sybrash

I have wild morning glories that pop up each year at different places on my property. This year, we allowed a vine to grow on our stair railing. We are getting ready to hang Christmas lights so I had to pull it down. Normally, I pull it down from wherever it's grown after it has died so I have never seen this before, but it is full of large pods. I've searched and searched and everything shows the pods as being small and round, but these are about 4-6 inches in length, smooth and a light green. Are these also seed pods? And if so, how can I use the seeds from them? Do I have to wait for them to dry out? Are they already ruined now that I've ripped the plant up?

Morning glory seed pods are

By Almanac Staff

Morning glory seed pods are small and round. It sounds like you had a different vine growing among your morning glories. Ususlly it's better to let the seed pods mature and dry on the vine before collecting seeds. The light green pods are probably immature. You can try to hang a few of the vines with the pods still on them in a dry warm location and see if they will mature.

Thank you. After seeing your

By Sybrash

Thank you. After seeing your response, I decided to search "seed pods on the vine images" and was immediately rewarded with a picture of a climbing milkweed pod. I do believe that is what was hitching a ride on my morning glories - or, perhaps, it was the other way around. :)

My husband planted morning


My husband planted morning glories to surprise me when I returned home from breaking a leg. They were planted in high nitrogen soil, a 12' run, full sun and windy area. We live in Southern California and had very high temperatures this summer even though we are at 4ooo'. They didn't bloom of course for a stretch of time just leaves, I decided it was from so much nitrogen. Now they have so many flowers the leaves are harder to see but the amazing thing is they are blooming 24hr. All night and day. They are, what look like
the Heavenly Blue variety. We arrived home from a trip at 2am in the morning and there they were in complete bloom, the temperature was around 45-50'. Is this normal? I haven't seen that mentioned anywhere or on any of the sites I have visited.
Just curious.

Most morning glory varieties

By Almanac Staff

Most morning glory varieties open in the early morning and start to fade in the afternoon. There are some morning glories, such as Ipomoea muricata, that bloom at night. Moon flowers are related to morning glories and also bloom at night.

Please, Please be careful


Please, Please be careful where you plant morning glories!!!! My next door neighbor planted the perennial one (purple blossoms) on the chainlink fence we share. I have measured it growing almost 4 ft a week. Yes almost 4 ft a week. It has created so much work for me. I didn't want plants growing through the fence. When I saw that my neighbor had bought it and before he planted it I asked him to put it someplace else in his yard because I knew it is invasive and I told him that. I see this variety when I drive the freeways in So Cal. and it chokes trees to death. I have seen it take over my friend's yard. It killed their trees and they have been trying to get rid of it now for years. It is a great plant when you want it and you get to maintain it completely but please do not force this plant on your neighbors. It is a great way to create enemies. I have had to move all my plants away from that side of my yard, so I am losing part of my yard. I have put up black plastic on a frame I attached on lattice that I hung on the fence to cut down my work but it still grows over and under it. Please be considerate of your neighbors. I don't like other people deciding that I have to manage their plants. It takes up my time and energy and it isn't fair. Today I discovered the morning glory's roots are growing several feet into my now I am worried they will start spreading in my yard from the roots. I don't know what to do about it but I will tell you I am not happy about it at all. Please be considerate.

The roots r in ur yard on ur

By Arden calias

The roots r in ur yard on ur property, go rip them up.

Can I propagate morning glory

By bethluteraan

Can I propagate morning glory from the vines? My sister has had them for 15 yrs and they grown bigger and spread out farther each year. I have access to the growing vines but not the roots. I'm not sure where to "cut" the vine or if it matters. Most of the "new/baby growth it way up an electrical pole)
Can I just soak the vines in water (after crushing or slicing the stem) like I do for mint? Will roots grown if the vines are soaked in water?
Thank you for your help!

Morning glories are pretty

By Almanac Staff

Morning glories are pretty easy to propagate from stem tip cuttings. Take a small section of the vine with maybe one or two leaves. Put it in water. After some roots have formed plant it in a pot with sterile soil and place in the shade. Keep it warm and moist until you see new growth. Then put the pot in a sunny spot.

Just to be clear, typical

By David Laderoute

Just to be clear, typical morning glories we plant in the garden are tender perennials - not true annuals. In most zones they are treated as annuals simply because they are so tender. Now they are a fast growing for us in northern zones. But for those in zones 10 - 11, morning glories are grown as a perennial. Due to their ability to produce many seeds, they can become an invasive problems.

As an aside, there are very few garden plants that are truly annual. A better term to use for these type plants is "treated" as an annual.

For next summer I am thinking

By JA5

For next summer I am thinking of planting mg beside a new climbing hydrangea (planted this year). Will the mg strangle and kill the hydrangea?

If you plant the morning

By Almanac Staff

If you plant the morning glory next to the hydrangea you should put up a trellis for the morning glory to climb on. Don't let it climb on the same support that the hydrangea uses.

We just moved into on a house

By Pam Norwood

We just moved into on a house with gorgeous morning glories in bloom, I want to keep them but they look like they are dying. I trimmed them way back and have slowed down with the watering. Is there a chance they will come back next year. We live in the dfw area of texas

Hi, Pam, As noted at the top

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Pam, As noted at the top of this page, morning glories are annuals. That means they grow for one season and then die. To have more next year, you will need to plant the seeds or seedlings. See above for advice.

I planted Grandpa Ott morning

By runnergirl1120

I planted Grandpa Ott morning glories this year and they were beautiful. This is my first experience with morning glories. With our recent dry hot spell they started to look pretty shabby so I cleaned them out of my flower bed. I have to be honest, I had no idea seed pods had formed and as I cleaned them out, seeds went everywhere! Don't get me wrong, I'd love to have a few vines next year, but my bed and under the deck is littered with tons of seeds. Am I doomed to have prolific growth of morning glories taking over my garden next year? Is there anything I can do? Can I kill the seed? Should I remove my perennials and cover the bed to kill the growth next year? I'm worried sick that I've ruined my flower bed for years to come by my ignorance. I'm a zone 5/6, although we had a zone 4 winter last year. Will they even survive? Any help/advice would be much appreciated.

The best way to ensure that

By Mark borenstein on March 22

The best way to ensure that your yard isn't taken over by mg.s is to take the seeds out. Preferably with a semi-auto pistol of high caliber. You'll be trading seeds for lead but it's the only way to be sure. You wouldn't want to be inundated with those low-class hoodlums always making babies and not lookin' after them! The next thing you'll know is stuff will start to come up missing. If and when it does look for them inside the MG patch as soon as possible because they may not have hawked them yet. They like to hold on to "hot" items for a while so they can't be so easily traced back to the scene of the crime.

Some of the seeds may survive

By Almanac Staff

Some of the seeds may survive the winter and start growing next spring. You can pull the seedlings when they first appear and then add mulch around your perennials.

I live in the Atlanta, GA

By PKas

I live in the Atlanta, GA area and my daughter planted Morning Glory seeds as a Mother's Day project last May. These things have really taken off and are covering my deck. They are in an 8 inch pot. My son planted his own seeds in an 8 inch pot. My question is: will they come back if they are left in a pot? Do I need to transplant them to the ground? My kids really love these and want to see them next year and for years to follow. Georgia is a very warm climate, however we did get a few snow days last year and I'm wondering if that will affect them. All in all, I am curious what's the best avenue to take in order to save these beautiful plants! Thank you.

Morning glories are annuals,

By Almanac Staff

Morning glories are annuals, they will not overwinter. In the spring when the soil is warm, turn the soil, water it well, and seed again.

I have morning glories on my

By Jim Norris

I have morning glories on my fence. I rip out the vines after frost kill and the vines return every year. Don't understand why you keep saying they must be replanted each year?

This a little bit of help but

By hanna

This a little bit of help but mines growing in a pot and planted on august 12
so I do not know how to take care of it.

It's fine to grow morning

By Almanac Staff

It's fine to grow morning glories in a pot, however, you'll need to set it near a trellis or balcony or fence as it has vines that will need support. You could even try placing a teepee of bamboo in the pot by placing the sticks on the sides and tying together in the middle with twine. Do not add too much fertilizer or you will get huge vines with few flowers. Otherwise, just follow the directions on this page above. In a pot, your soil will dry out more quickly so keep an eye on it.

I have Morning Glories

By Kris Angelo

I have Morning Glories growing along the bottom of my fence, they get morning sun only and are planted in very little soil. Recently, almost all of the leaves have begun to have silvery/white colored splotches all over them, and someof the leave have holes in them. I do not see any bugs on the underside of the leave though. The flowers are perfect and the vines are growing fine. Do you know what might be causing this?

Hi, Kris: Unfortunately,

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Kris: Unfortunately, there are many possibilities here, including insects and mites that you just can' see without a magnifying glass, not to mention white rust and powdery mildew. Start by really, really checking for wildlife -- well, bugs. Could be leaf miners, spider mites, etc. If you find something, search out solution on our pages here. If not, try gently cleaning your leaves with a weak solution of soap and water. Spray on if possible, but in any event, wipe softly with a cloth or tissue. Painstaking, yes -- but you care, right? The next two days, spray thoroughly with plain water. On the fourth day, apply an organic insecticide in a weak solution (consult with your local garden center). Good luck!

I have beautiful, crazy,

By dragonfli studio

I have beautiful, crazy, gorgeous Morning Glories except... they are white not blue as the package photo showed they were to be. I've tried this twice (with the same brand) and they also turned out white. Is it my soil? Is it the brand?

I live in Kelowna BC with lots of hot weather and the vines are incredibly healthy and long. The plants are both in one large pot and in the ground in a shady area and grow up into a sunny area.

Sounds like you have moon

By SarahLinn

Sounds like you have moon flowers they are a night blooming glory

I live near Seattle, WA. I

By Connie Gallant

I live near Seattle, WA. I bought MG seeds and wonder whether August is a good month to plant them, since I read they will blossom until first frost?

Morning glories will grow as

By Almanac Staff

Morning glories will grow as long as there isn't frost and your soil temperature is between 65 F to 85 F.
The nice thing is you'll know soon enough as they only take 4 to 7 days to emerge!
Before planting, nick the hard-coated seeds with a file or soak overnight in warm water.

We are moving to Medford,

By Jaynie Miller

We are moving to Medford, Oregon from California. Will they do well there and can I get a start from mine here in LA?

my mgs are blooming very

By Stuart castle

my mgs are blooming very nicely, they are planted around my mailbox. Now i find the leaves at the base of the mailbox are growing extremely sparse and the remaining leave have lots of holes in them. I cant see any insects on the leaves, but what to u think about stoping this and restoring back to the way they were.

Thank you, Stuart!

By Shelley Fitch

Thank you, Stuart!

Hi, Stuart: Assuming that

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Stuart: Assuming that your plants are not getting dried out or shaded out, and that you indeed have no insects (well, none that you can discern), start by removing the hole-y leaves (you may need some holy intercession here, too, by the  way) and giving the remainder a good spraying of soap and water (say, 10:1). Do this again 3 days later. Three days after that, spray heavily with a good organic pesticide. Follow the directions for the pesticide. Good luck!

I have my morning Glories in

By Sue Newell

I have my morning Glories in a small pot on my deck. They are healthy and trailing beautifully. I planted them in June. So far, I have no blooms or buds. Because I live in NC, the temps are in the 90's, yet they only get about 6 hours of direct sunlight beginning in the early afternoon. I am in an apt, so there is no way to give them more light. I have to water them at least twice a day due to the heat and the small pot, as the leaves begin to wither when it dries up.
My question is this...if possibly they need potassium, could I dissolve one of my potassium tabs and feed it to them little by little? I have no idea what soil has or is lacking.
thank you!

Regarding the size of your

By Almanac Staff

Regarding the size of your plant pot, "small" is relative, but too much water and too much fertilizer will produce more foliage than flowers. Let the plant get dry or close to dry before watering and don't add anything to the soil. Blooms should begin to appear.

I bought Star of Yelta

By Shelley Fitch

I bought Star of Yelta (fairly new variety) this winter and planted them, along with Moon Flower and Black-Eyed Susan, each in its own planter. I used the same type of soil for each of them, and they get the same amount of sun, water as needed and food every two weeks. The Morning Glory leaves are developing so many holes they're starting to look like lace and new, and even existing leaves, are growing warped and deformed-looking. I have grown Morning Glory under these same conditions for years and have never experienced this. There are no pests on them. I'm wondering if the seeds were blighted and if there's anything I can do about this.

I live in Bodfish, CA. We are

By DaniLee

I live in Bodfish, CA. We are a zone 8 or 9 (depending on the source). I have a morning glory that is a deep purple. I can not seem to get it to grow much. It is still pretty small (4-5 vines that are no more than 12 inches long). It is growing on an old wire hanger shaped into a heart. I have had maybe 6 blooms. It sprouted about 8 weeks ago from a seed. The soil is a mix of peat moss/compost/top soil. (left over from my garden). What could be the reason for so little growth and few blooms? I water once a day mid morning when temps are below 100 and twice a day when between 100-110. I will water the 2nd time when the heat is peaked. What am I doing wrong?

You seem to be doing all—or

By Almanac Staff

You seem to be doing all—or at least a lot—of the right things ... Some sources suggest that MG blooms best in (needs) 8 to 10 hours of sun (although some sources say it will do fine in partial sun). At least one other source suggests that MG does not like too much water; "average" is recommended, which generally means letting a plant dry between waterings; others say MG soil should not be soggy. Also, MGs seem not to like high temps, such as you've described, so it may be resting.
We hope this provides some answers.

I harvested my morning glory

By joward

I harvested my morning glory seeds late last fall because I wanted to relocate them this year. Unfortunately the work in the yard is taking longer than expected. Are my seeds ruined? Can I still use them later?

Hard to tell if the seeds

By Almanac Staff

Hard to tell if the seeds will germinate and grow after such a period. It rather depends on the conditions in which you stored them. Sealed containers are recommended (this can include cereal box "bags" made airtight, with storage in a cool place. That said, it's a bit of a gamble as to whether seeds that are more than or near a year old will set. (It might hvae been best to start them somewhere, anywhere, just to have a growing season.)

we have morning glory growing

By Sue L

we have morning glory growing like wild fire in our yard. Nothing seems to kill it w/o killing the grass.
Please help

Wild morning glories

By Almanac Staff

Wild morning glories (bindweed) are very invasive--and different than the annual Morning Glories that we plant by seed. Wild morning glories grow from both seeds and rhizomes and are very hard to destroy. If you have bindweed, be sure to get rid of it before it flowers and sets seed. The best method is to cut the plants off at soil level as soon as you see them. You need to do this several times until the plant stops growing. Or, you can cover the area with black plastic and leave it for the enitre season to kill all the plants. This will also kill your grass.

To kill the weed - type MG I

By TerriCI17

To kill the weed - type MG I use jet setting on my hose and spray directly on trimmed down plants. Do this during the hottest time of the day and they will burn quickly. I do this for many weeds that vine or spread.

I live in Central Ohio and

By Kim Shearer

I live in Central Ohio and planted 2 Heavenly Blue morning glories Mother's Day weekend. They have grown and fully covered a 5 foot wrought iron trellis ~ but my plants are all flowers, not even a bud. It was a hard winter here and the ground temperature is probably a couple weeks behind where it normally might be. But, it is almost the 4th of July and I was sure I would have flowers by now. I watered with Miracle Grow to establish my new there something else I should be doing?

I also live in Ohio. I had

By Kristy phillips

I also live in Ohio. I had lots of seed pods but no flowers. I pruned off some of the seed pods, and two days later I had more flowers in one day the I had the whole season so far.

Morning glories usually

By Almanac Staff

Morning glories usually thrive in "poor" soil and don't need fertilizing. If the nitrogen level is high in the soil they will just grow leaves. Temperature and day light hours can also cause delayed blooms. Some morning glory varieties may take 1 1/2 months or more before they bloom.

Can I keep my morning glories

By Abbennett

Can I keep my morning glories in a pot or should I plant in the ground? My daughter planted one at school for Mother's Day and it's growing tall but it didn't come with directions!

You can grow morning glories

By Almanac Staff

You can grow morning glories in pots. If the pot is small you may want to transplant into a bigger pot. Just remember to water often as plants i containers dry out quicker than plants planted in the ground.

I'm getting married in Sept

By Wag

I'm getting married in Sept and we just planted morning glories hoping they would cover our arbor. We had to plant on each side of the dock and the ground is pretty moist will they do ok or should I put them in a planter and let them climb that way?

Since morning glories need

By Almanac Staff

Since morning glories need moderately fertile, well-drained soil, it would be best to plant yours in containers.

I live in Minneapolis, MN. Is

By Beth Schlitter

I live in Minneapolis, MN. Is it too late (June 19th, 2014) to plant morning glories this season?

Morning glories are fast

By Almanac Staff

Morning glories are fast growing plants, so go ahead and sow seeds now.

Is it possible to prune/clip

By kck83

Is it possible to prune/clip the ends of the runners to control growth? Or will that cause the plant to die?

Pinching the vines when they

By Almanac Staff

Pinching the vines when they are young promotes a bushier growth. If you pinch them when they are tall they will get top heavy.

I just bought perennial

By Lala Smith

I just bought perennial Polish MG from a that such thing? ? I have been researching about it. Not Info available ..please help ..I live in zone 6b

We have never heard of Polish

By Almanac Staff

We have never heard of Polish morning glories. Maybe your neighbor can give you some more clues about where the plants came from. Perennial morning glories can be very invasive.

Can I replant my newly potted

By lynnmarie0123

Can I replant my newly potted from seed and now flowering MG's on a north vinyl fence? I'm in Florida. The fence is 6 feet tall. I know I will need string or wire for it to climb- but is the north face an issue? it gets bright sun most of the day till about 1-2 pm.

I am growing heavenly blue

By Zone 10b

I am growing heavenly blue morning glory in a pot. I have lots of blooms but few leaves. Last month, I applied a balanced water-soluble fertilizer. Wondering what I should add to create more leaves. Should I use fish emulsion (4-1-1)? Or, coffee grounds? Thank you.

Coffee grounds work the best

By Mark borenstein on March 22

Coffee grounds work the best for lush, leafy growth. To really give it a "green boost" moisten the grounds with normal household bleach before liberally applying on top of the plant's base. Before long you'll have so many leaves that you'll be sweeping them up on a daily basis. Happy gardening!

Nitrogen promotes leaf

By Almanac Staff

Nitrogen promotes leaf growth. It is the first number of the fish emulsion you mention, and the highest number, so it is the highest percentage nutrient in the fish emulsion. So try that, yes.

My morning glories went

By lance g.

My morning glories went straight to seed. Looks like lottle undeveloped seed pods. Not all are doing this just a couple? Looked online and can't find any info on this. We're in our 5th year of never having to sow morning glory seeds, and usually they make fantastic flowers, but this year one side of the porch is only making seeds, the other half look very normal, fuzzy thick stems

So happy to find you! Live

By Joni Dunn

So happy to find you! Live in Southern California. Sun perfect daily. 2 Weeks Ago: planted MG seeds 4" apart in a 12 ft long bed up against a cement cinder block wall that's 6 feet high. I want them to climb the wall and over the top. Cute 5" tall skinnies with 2 leaves going one way and 2 the other. Sprinkler waters complete area 5 min. daily.

Question: Will they have runners or feelers to grab onto the wall or should I purchase net or wire or ?

Thank you.

Hi, Joni, and thank

By Almanac Staff

Hi, Joni, and thank YOU!
Morning glories need something for tendrils to grap on to; a cinder block wall does not provide that. So, yes, get net or wire, or set strings up from the ground. Lots of people do that: a few inches or up to a foot from the wall, depending on where the seeds are. Then brace/secure the string at the top. The vines will climb the string, one per plant.

I planted my seeds in a 3'

By Lewis W Barnes

I planted my seeds in a 3' planter in moisture control mg a week ago and nothing. Should I start over?

Sounds like it. Are they

By Almanac Staff

Sounds like it. Are they getting sun (even in the pot)?? See above: they need sun, and note that temp of the soil matters, too. How deep are the seeds? See above: should be 1/4 inch. Three weeks is a long time. If you don't want to try these measures, then, yes, start again.

Though morning glories grow

By Almanac Staff

Though morning glories grow quick, they do not grow that quick (1 week). Your patience will pay off.

I used a Miracle Grow

By Brenna

I used a Miracle Grow Moisture Control potting mix to grow my Morning Glory from a seed. It has grown rapidly however, I still have no blooms. After reading a lot of your responses to questions about MG's I noticed that you state they thrive and bloom best in poor soil. I am growing mine in a container outside…so my question is how do I transform the potting mix I used into "poor soil" to achieve blooms?

The best thing to do is not

By Cherish

The best thing to do is not fertilize your soil often. Miracle grow has a set fertilizer for up to 3 months. Once past that it becomes a lower quality soil. But sometimes you don't get a lot of blooms because there's elements missing in your soil; calcium, magnesium, nitrogen, etc. A lot of people recommend adding a tablespoon of epsom salt to 2 quarts of water and gingerly water your plants. I live in an extremely deserty place, so this always produces amazing results as our soil is sooo bad. Good luck <3

I just moved to Mesa, Az and

By Karen R

I just moved to Mesa, Az and I loved growing morning glories at home. I'd really like to grow them here on have them cover our block wall fence.....can I grow them here and when is the best time and area to plant them for success?

I want to grow morning

By david reniere

I want to grow morning glories in hanging pots on my pergola and train them to grow over the top. I was thinking about placing a rod in the pot so it can grow up the rod onto the top of the pergola. Is this going to work? I also have a dog and I'm afraid of him ingesting the seeds

Hi! The best way to prevent

By Cherish

The best way to prevent your doggy from ingesting seeds is to deadhead wilted flowers, this prolongs the life of the plant and doesnt allow the plant to go into seed pod stage. Once the flowers on a plant wilt, the seed pod starts forming to drop seeds. So cutting just below the flower and the pod it grew out of will prevent seeds from dropping.

You can easily get your MG to climb upwards by providing something to aid their climb. If your hanging basket is the chained kind, it will climb the chain. Anything that drops over just loosely loop around the chain and it will climb on it's own. You can put a plastic rod, they sell at lowes for 6 bucks in it and it will climb it. They are climbing plants and only fall over hanging baskets or ground containers when they have no way to climb up.

Happy Gardening :)

I planted my Heavenly Blues

By Jackie Corby

I planted my Heavenly Blues and in two days they were poking their little heads out of the soil. About two days later they were getting leaves......but... the stem is about three or four inches tall. Anyone ever have that happen before?

Yeah they grow quickly like

By Emily25626

Yeah they grow quickly like that

Hi there, I picked up a few

By Rose Bud

Hi there,
I picked up a few packaged Morning Glory seeds from a botanical center that were giving them out for free. I have Heavenly Blue, Pearly Gates, Blue Stars, Tall Mix, and Grandpa Ott (all Burpree brand) When I got home I noticed the back of the packaging read "packed for 2013, sell by 11/13. Will the flowers still bloom passed the sell by date?

- thanks

Many of the seeds will still

By KeP

Many of the seeds will still germinate. I've had seeds for a decade, filed and soaked them before planting. They flourished.

I have seeds that I have had

By Pagan Raven

I have seeds that I have had for 12+ years that are still viable. It depends on the conditions of how they are kept. I keep all my seeds in the fridge.(one drawer totally dedicated to seeds).which is like keeping them dormant indefinitely. Your seeds should be just fine.

I've planted 'expired' seeds

By Stevied

I've planted 'expired' seeds and they grew just fine.Soak the seeds overnight to help them along.

Many seeds remain viable for

By Almanac Staff

Many seeds remain viable for years, but it's probably best to call Burpee for an accurate answer about their product. See:

i live in cambridge in the uk

By gordon lindsay

i live in cambridge in the uk i tried to grow morning glory last year uk thay never grew i have planted some more this year at the moment thay are just showing what care should i take of them thanks

so i just ate about 200 seeds

By brib

so i just ate about 200 seeds ground up because i heard that it improves memory and relieves back pain. was this a good idea?

Morning glory seeds contain

By Jackie1234

Morning glory seeds contain Lysergic acid amide, a hallucinogen similar to LSD, but with 1/10th the power. Many states in the US have created ways to monitor bulk purchases of the seeds and to screen teenage purchasers for intent to ingest.

Have a good trip!

By lolukeyeah

Have a good trip!

No, it's not a good idea.

By georgewilson

No, it's not a good idea. Their are several potential dangers of ingesting the seeds.

I loved growing these in

By Jessy

I loved growing these in California where they kept blooming and growing all winter. Now I'm in Denver, CO now. If I grow them in a large container, can I keep them alive and growing over winter?

im in NM I have brought them

By jeff morris

im in NM

I have brought them in the house for the winter they seem to love it mine grew up the walls over curtain rods

If you're speaking of the

By Almanac Staff

If you're speaking of the morning glory that is an annual, it will not overwinter. In the spring, when the soil is warm, turn the soil, water, it well, and seed again.

Can you grow Morning Glory in

By Charles34

Can you grow Morning Glory in Los Angeles CA?

My morning glories bloom and

By Kevin Tossie

My morning glories bloom and then the flower dies the next day! What can I do to prevent this?

It is their nature, but if

By sweetcreek

It is their nature, but if you pinch off the dead flowers, it won't set seed and that encourages more bloom.

This is the nature of a

By Almanac Staff

This is the nature of a morning glory!  Nothing is wrong. Each flower will bloom in the morning and close by noon or so. Each flower only opens once, but there will be others the next day!

When I was young (in the

By Ty Hardister

When I was young (in the 1950s & 60s) we had some wild morning glories growing on a wire fence beside our yard. They were multicolored with blue, pink, yellow and white growing, seemingly, on the same vine. Is this possible and if so where could I find some seeds?

Hmm. We aren't aware of a

By Almanac Staff

Hmm. We aren't aware of a native morning glory that is multicolored. We have heard of cultivated varieties that come in several colors in a series. Also, blue flowers sometimes fade to purple, pink, or white as they age. Could the plant from your yard back then have been an escaped cultivated variety, and could it be that several vines were intertwined?
If you're interested in multicolored morning glories, you might check seed catalogs for the Ipomoea variety mixes or series, such as from Burpee.
There is also a dwarf morning glory, which is Convolvulus tricolor. It is related to Ipomoea, but is a dwarf vine, growing only about 12 to 18 inches. Its flowers have a yellow center, white around that center, and then blue, purple, or pink at the edges of the petals. These are a little harder to find, but a search online will give you a few seed sources. Be sure to get a series, rather than one cultivar (which may be just one color of petal at the edge).

Are you to cut them back

By Joni Blymire

Are you to cut them back after first frost or just leave them .they look all dryed up .this is my first time .i hope they come back their so pretty .thanks

Morning glories don't

By Almanac Staff

Morning glories don't tolerate frost. They are annuals (i.e., they only grow one season) and should be discarded once frost hits. You can plant again in the spring once you're past all danger of frost.

We have recently bought a

By CheriH

We have recently bought a house and on one side the front porch there is a BEAUTIFUL vine of morning glories, the problem is it is twined around a tree that my husband is going to cut down, I want to transplant the morning glory to the back yard to cover the fence for our gas tank. I have never had morning glories before and I don't want to loose them in the transplant, what do I do to transplant them, and when should I do it. My husband wants to cut the tree down ASAP. We live in NC

Many morning glories of the

By Almanac Staff

Many morning glories of the genus Ipomoea that are found in garden centers are annuals, so after a frost or two, they will die. For NC, it looks like your first average fall frost date is in October or November, depending on where you are. If you want to save the morning glories for now, you can certainly try to transplant them gently into their new location, and they might last until the frost hits. Their roots usually don't like disturbance, so handle very gently--keep a lot of original soil around the roots. In the new location, make sure there is plenty of sun; add some compost to the planting hole. Keep the soil moist in the new location, but not soggy, for the first week or so.
Or, if you allow some of the flowers to form seeds, you can collect them and plant them next year at the new location.
If you think that your vine is a perennial type, the same advice would still apply, as far as transplanting and site preparation.

we have already had our first

By CheriH

we have already had our first frost is it to late to transplant them? can I just clip some of the vines and transplant or do I need to transplant at the roots? or should I try to save some of the seeds?

do they self seed if grown

By jodie kay

do they self seed if grown indoors

Morning glories need very

By Almanac Staff

Morning glories need very bright light to even bloom indoors. If you succeed in growing them indoors than yes, they'll seed.

my husband started growing

By sylvia anne allen

my husband started growing morning glories this summer and has done awesome with them now we see all the seed pods on them how and when can we take the seed pods from them to keep the seeds ready for spring!!

Morning glories are a great

By Almanac Staff

Morning glories are a great seed to save--easy to identify and gather. After the seed pods have fully dried to brown, collect the seeds on a dry, sunny day. Let them dry and store in a sealed container until spring!

This my 1st yr growin ne

By Tanya shidler

This my 1st yr growin ne thing i grew mgs & they went crazy. i planted 4. they took awhile to bloom but once they did they bloom like crazy. they're beautiful. i didnt fertilize or water all summer. i was so tickled as this is my 1st yr growing anything. i grew aster marigolds sunflowers(which my mgs choked to death) nasturtiums and a couple others that grew. i had about 5 i grew that never came up but i feel successful just because of the mgs alone. this is a great flower for a beginner because it doesn't require much care. i had 2 white ones & a bright pink 1 and purple 1 that grew together. they are absolutely beautiful. glorious!!

Tanya, Thanks for sharing

By Almanac Staff

Tanya, Thanks for sharing your beginner experience and congrats on your beautiful morning glories!

I recently bought a home with

By kchag

I recently bought a home with a massive amount of morning glories. They are beautiful but they are everywhere. How can I tell if I have an annual or perennial flower? I read that I should cut them back at the end of the summer so it's that time but don't want to if it's an annual. If it's a perennial, do I cut them back almost to the ground or should I leave some of the vine intact? Thank you.

The morning glory vine is an

By Almanac Staff

The morning glory vine is an annual and will generally die after frost. You can cut down in the spring. Up the plant can self-seed profusely. If you want to avoid this, gather all the seed pods and dead vines after the first frost, put in a bag, and give away or discard elsewhere; try not to let the seeds scatter.

One morning there were five

By Farmer 1956

One morning there were five blossoms on a vine of MGs and the temperature was very cool that day....those blossoms did not close until the next afternoon...and we checked for spent blossoms...none! Until the second day...?

my niece brought a morning

By patricia beezub

my niece brought a morning glory home and it had 2 little leaves on it now it has 8 it is in a little pot and I don't know if I can plant it outside now I live in Pa.and the weather is cool

Plant the morning glory in a

By Almanac Staff

Plant the morning glory in a bigger pot and put it outside in the sun. Bring it into a sheltered location if the temp. drops below 40 degrees.

Has flowers, losing leaves.

By djb5718

Has flowers, losing leaves. Recently my morning glory is losing most of its leaves, although it's still flowering nicely and sending out runners. This is its second year, and last year it didn't start losing leaves until it got cold. It hasn't been cold, actually it's been hot. I thought maybe it needs more water, but I see the advice here not to water too much. This is in San Francisco.

Hot weather can also cause

By Almanac Staff

Hot weather can also cause leaves to drop. Check for insect damage on the leaves that have dropped. Don't soak the plant. Give it some water right before the soil is totally dry. Add some mulch around the plant to cool the soil.

Recently had OLD legustrum

By Boots Rule

Recently had OLD legustrum dug up. In between, there were several morning glories, but it seemed that they were dug up too. Now, the vines are popping up all over the place. Have they self-seeded? They are all over the place, w/no decided place to grow.

Yes, morning glories tends to

By Almanac Staff

Yes, morning glories tends to self-seed prolifically so it's important to take care in placement.

This is my first time with

By My first time

This is my first time with morning glories. We have a dead tree and I thought it would be fun. I got the packet from the store along with sunflowers and mixes. I put all the seeds down close to the bottom of the tree. It has grown to far up the tree that I'm afraid it's going to get into the living trees. We climbed up the later and cut the vines completely. I was also bummed that I had not seen flower yet. Across our street are woods so we threw what came down in there thinking it would die off. And for fun I stuck a vine in water. I was told it wouldn't root. It rooted after two weeks. I looked across the street a couple days after we cut the vines off the tree and I thought I saw a blue flower. I go look and what do you know the pieces we tossed are pumping out flowers like you wouldn't believe. Here it is three weeks and the vine in the woods is still producing flower. As well as the top of the tree we we cut. Now flowers are bumming all over. Is this vine like an alien ? The leaves are dead and wilted they don't look good but yet, blue flowers. I'm afraid this stuff is going to take over like the Twilight zone...

My light blue morning glories

By Micki55555

My light blue morning glories are deep purple this year. I noticed this has happened to my neighbors also. What would cause this to happen? We both used seeds from the previous year and new seeds as well.

Air temperature can change

By Almanac Staff

Air temperature can change the color of the flowers. The higher the temperature the lighter the color. If the soil pH changes it can also influence the color.

So, do we increase or

By L. Carlson

So, do we increase or decrease the pH level to get blue blooms? I've planted Heavenly Blue for a few years and gotten purple blooms. Thank you!

Acidic soil (pH below 7) may

By Almanac Staff

Acidic soil (pH below 7) may encourage purple/pink blooms in some plants; alkaline (pH above 7), blue. Morning glories like soil pH slightly acidic to slightly alkaline (6.0 to 7.5).
The change in color may also be related to the age of the flower. Some plants also change flower color after they have been pollinated, which tells the pollinators that there are no treats for them (in terms of pollen or nectar) and to look elsewhere. I can not confirm that this is the case for morning glories, though.

I am trying to get rid of my

By Rebecca Wesson

I am trying to get rid of my morning glories. I have dug up all the roots( big and deep) many days of working. Now months later I keep pulling up leaves and stems. I assume there are little seeds in the dirt, but I don't know what they look like. Any ideals on how to kill these plants. I have been working on this project for 6 months.

Wild morning glories grow

By Almanac Staff

Wild morning glories grow from rhizomes. Often when you dig up roots some of these smaller rhizomes break off and start new growth. Cover the soil completely to prevent light to get to the seedlings using layers of newspaper or cardboard.

Will covering finally kill

By Rebecca Wesson

Will covering finally kill the plant/or get rid of them, or just keep them dorment. At some point I will want to plant others plants in that bed. Thanks

Me Too! I have one spot with

By Bondelabrenshell

Me Too! I have one spot with 75 blossoms every day, but just around the corner, I have a patch of 10 x 6 ft vines, and no blossoms. Also, most of my Heavenly Blue are distinctly purple. I only get an occasional azure...What's up with that?

Keep the soil covered for one

By Almanac Staff

Keep the soil covered for one season and it should kill the plants, roots and all.

My morning glory is growing

By Melissa Small

My morning glory is growing like crazy, however, it still has not bloomed and shows no signs of buds. Did I do something wrong?

I had to wait until the vines

By Rich Wymore

I had to wait until the vines grew to the top on the fence (6 feet) and spread out sideways a lot before they ever bloomed, but they are starting to bloom now. Be patient!

Here's what our sources say:

By Almanac Staff

Here's what our sources say: Morning glories are happy in well-draining "ordinary" soil. Overfertilization will hinder blooms. and morning glories bloom best in 8 to 10 hours of direct sun daily. We hope this helps!

I can clearly see from other

By Juanita Wiggins

I can clearly see from other inquiries, I have the same problem--beautiful healthy vines and no blooms. I have plenty sun, well drained soil, and proper fertilizer. I guess we just planted on a "non-productive day" just like when you plant peas on bloom day (all vines and no peas) If you come up with a solution, I'd sure like to hear it. My husband can "grow rocks" but problems with this. Thanks

Some varieties do bloom later

By Almanac Staff

Some varieties do bloom later in the season. Morning glories thrive on neglect. If you want to give the plants some fertilizer give them phosphorus and potassium. This may help them bloom.

I was having the same issue.

By Beth Terry

I was having the same issue. My morning glory vines were bushy but no blooms. We had a storm roll thru and it beat them down. When I was checking them for damage I found tiny little flowers. Litterally no bigger than my finger nail. While they are pretty I am disappointed by the size considering I grew everything from seeds and was expecting to see 2-3 in blooms!! You may have the same issues. Had it not been for the storms I would have never known they were there! You might wanna check under your leaves in the thick of it!

i need your help /advice this

By barbara preyer

i need your help /advice

this is the FIRST year my blue glories nave NOT bloomed...
biggest leaves, fat stems, with prickley / thorn like things on some of the stems...???

can you tell me why no blossoms and what are the thorney things on some of the vine...
can you please advise what is happening this year to my blues ...

thank you

Some morning glory varieties

By Almanac Staff

Some morning glory varieties have soft thorns. Did you plant a new variety of morning glories or are these plants from saved seeds?

I thought I planted the large

By Judith A. Siebers

I thought I planted the large scarlet
morning glories, only to have smallish
pink/purple flowers.
Which I just picked a really stubborn
beetle off of a leaf it was eating.
Love your site.

I'm growing glories at the

By susan oleson

I'm growing glories at the base of a aluminum t.v. tower out my south door, they are 5 feet up it already and blooming beautifully, but my problem is for the 1st time ever there is something eating the leaves?? I treated with some 7-dust a week ago, and they are still eating them!! PLEASE HELP!!!

Use Neem oil on fronts and

By Sir Weezy

Use Neem oil on fronts and back of leaves and vines(most eater bugs hate it)...but be sure to discard any xtra solution or use it on other plants nearby...u want to mix just enough because it cannot be used again once mixed..I have grown for years and the ones on my porch exceed 18' insane blooms.....I do my mailbox every year even though it drives my mail person
And I have them on the edge of the woods now..

The leaves of my morning

By Candidi

The leaves of my morning glories were vanishing several years ago...and then I saw a groundhog climbing up the fence to reach the top leaves!

I've been growing them for

By court leubner

I've been growing them for years and never had this problem and couldn't figure it out for the life of me because there were no pieces lying around and the whole huge leaf was gone but the stem. Then someone suggested deer and it makes total sense. Mine are on the mailbox so I'm gonna try wrapping the plats with chicken wire to keep them from getting to the leaves. I don't know why they never bothered them before. Possibly missing something in their diet or one just finally found out they were delicious. Weird!!

Although Sevin is a

By Almanac Staff

Although Sevin is a broad-spectrum insecticide, covering many insects, there are some that it won't control. Look at the label for a list of insects it affects. Perhaps your insect pest is not on that list. (Note that being a broad-spectrum insecticide, Sevin unfortunately kills both the bad bugs and beneficials, and is especially lethal to honeybees and earthworms.)
To find clues about your pest, look for signs of caterpillars (including inch-worms), beetles, frass, galls, etc., even on the undersides of the leaves. If these are large holes, consider rabbits, slugs, larger caterpillars, etc. Tiny holes could be flea beetles. Perhaps take a leaf sample to your local nursery--they might be able to identify the pest, or at least the general type, and tell you how best to control it. Good luck!

I love peat pellets ..found

By Kimberly Patton

I love peat pellets ..found at your "W" store...and place im 9X13 " cake pan filled 1/2 way up with water until they are fully expanded and soaked up.drain off excess water and place your seeds in them 1/3 to 1/2 way down inside them.I use pencil(eraser tip) add a cup ir so water in the morning daily - just enough to keep them hydrated fully and 6-7 hours full sun.When plants show & grow,dont forget to keep pellets plumped with water but drain excess after 1 hour.I plant them when there is strong roots showing from out of pellet.Dont tamp down soil when planting, allow it to water in.Remember all flowering,veg's & blooming plants need at least 6-8 hours of full sun daily to perform best.In West Tx I like to give some after noon shade if I can from 3 p.m. on and I mulch beds 2-3 " if cypress shredded mulch to shade roots frim burning and hold water.Especially Roses ...

I love that I found your

By Kimberly Patton

I love that I found your site! I found answers to my blooming morning glory questions even though I've been a plant professional and gardener for 40 years.My ""Scarlett O'Hara's " have only recently started to flower(on the shadier side of the porch bower) but Thunbergia and Hyacinth Bean not yet...Abundant foliage and 12 " vine growth daily..I dont fertilize at all but in the hot dry clime of nearby Abilene Tx,I water daily before noon with gray water.They are lovely and lush, but I'm getting greedy for flowers!I'll be patient.I can tell you that as a child growing up on the Greek island of Crete (and being on similar latitude lines as I am now)many common plants grow here as there.The blue morning glories covered a large patio roof arbor beside our house and came back yearly.I have also grown moonflowers in the past by my kitchen window as the scent in the evening when they open is heaven! A bit of work to start(I always use peat pellets) but well worth the wait to flower.Allow vine to die back naturally in Fall ..leave faded flowers on to get large roundish seed pods to pick & save for next season.I'm hoping my M.glories will come back as perennials, but I'll save seeds also!

I planted about 7 varieties

By RachelZ3

I planted about 7 varieties of morning glories in my new back yard along some netting and posts, as well as a hyacinth bean. I planted one of the same at either end, to see if there was a difference in their growth, as one end is well under an oak tree. I would say that the ones more in the sun are flowering more BUT that's not really the case. The hyacinth bean next to the first morning glory in the sun wont flower or bud but grows with large leaves. Next to the hyacinth bean (more toward the shade) is a beautifully flowering pink morning glory with fluttery edges, (split second) and a red flowering morning glory with spiky leaves (cardinal climber). A black eyes susan variety flowered early and now kinda weak. Then I have 3 varieties that are big leaves, no buds, no flowers and the last, doing almost as well as the first, small leaves, flowers, nice. (Additionally in there I have 2 moon flowers, who grew for about 4 feet and then just kinda stopped. No flowers, no buds, nothing). They were all planted about 12 inches apart. All the ones that flower have small leaves, all the ones that don't flower have huge leaves. So I don't think its about sun or soil or water, since they all have the same, and the ones with the least sun and are the same variety are doing as well as the ones with the most sun.
They have all had the same conditions, all been over watered and under watered the same and I fed them once since I planted them near the end of May. Any idea why the ones that have big leaves are not flowering or even budding? Many thanks

It's true that "usually"

By Almanac Staff

It's true that "usually" morning glories respond to lots of sunlight--especially morning sun. And it's true that they do not like excess fertlizer, especially nitrogen, which causes leafiness at the expensive of buds. But sometimes, they just bloom at different times--some earlier, some later. Sometimes, certain strains just adapt better to certain climates. If you collect seeds, collect from the plants that did well in your garden.

Thank you for your response.

By RachelZ3

Thank you for your response. They're planted on the north side of the house, and it could be that the shape of the house blocks the morning sun from the middle more than the ends. I had the same idea, to collect the seeds from the ones doing well. No seeds to collect from the leafy ones without flowers anyway. I'll see next summer how it goes :)
Very interesting about the nitrogen. I fed them once, I wont do it again.

I planted a heavenly blue

By barbara hubertus

I planted a heavenly blue morning glory for the first time. I bought it from a garden center. It is now July 15 and still no blossoms. I might add that the bottom leaves are turning a milky white green while the upper leaves are still green. There is no blight seen on the outside of the leaf. One suggestion was that the green leaves are depleting the lower ones of nitrogen possibly? Help!

I have the same problem! I

By Cheri D Dotson

I have the same problem! I live in Palm Springs, ca, where it is very hot and dry. My m glories look faded and there are no blooms..what should I do?

In the Dallas area morning

By beckyd

In the Dallas area morning glories grow best if planted in LATE spring when the soil has warmed up. Try to plant them against a south facing wall or support for maximum flowering. Sun almost all day, and they bloom all together for 2-3 weeks late in the summer. Not intermittently. It is a glorious display. Also- pre-place support wires for them.

Do you have buds? Heavenly

By Almanac Staff

Do you have buds? Heavenly Blue morning glories can take 90 days to mature. They are very pretty but also one of the late bloomers. In terms of the leaves: Just give them full sun--not just morning sun. Do not use fertilizer. They like poor soil.

very tallbut never

By cecilia dodson

very tallbut never bloom--this is my 4th season f trying on east side of house help

Morning glories need bright

By Almanac Staff

Morning glories need bright sunlight ALL day--and they are only getting sun half of the day on the east side of the house. Also, they like poor, dry soil; If the soil is high in nitrogen and very fertile, it produces lush leaves but no flowers.

How do you 'seed' a morning

By CountryMouse103

How do you 'seed' a morning glory? I want to save seeds from next year as the M. Glorys I have came from a friend in NC.

Seed a morning glory in the

By Almanac Staff

Seed a morning glory in the spring after the soil's warmed up.
Before you seed, soak in water overnight or nick seeds with nail files. This helps them germinate because they have a hard seed coat. The nice thing about morning glories is that they'll grow well in most any soil--even poor infertile soil. Plant in a site that get full sun.

built my own planter box-

By karin 'new gardener'

built my own planter box- planted carrots, potatoes, snapdragons, bell peppers, cucumbers, and poppy flowers--well see how it turns out! fall harvest or bundle blunder? any way we'll see. btw can you plant ALL THAT in planet box at same time? they've lots of space to grow:)

I'm same as 4-5 weeks ago.

By Lisa Bordelon

I'm same as 4-5 weeks ago. Is thear any way I can save them thear almost all dead

Ok so about 4 r 5 weeks ago

By Lisa Bordelon

Ok so about 4 r 5 weeks ago I planed a mix of red and blue spread out in a large pot bout and inch or two deep. 3 days later they sprouted and was about finger length tall Four days hand length. The just kept shooting up like a rocket. Well I can to the conclusion that I water them to much and they don't get enough light I mean both was obvious. Well now my little vines dieying. What do I do. Can I help them com back befor that all die Pleas email me ASAP. Pleas

Lisa, Are you saying that you

By Almanac Staff

Lisa, Are you saying that you have all straggly vine and no blooms? In general, just water morning glories when they start to wilt. Keep the soil moderately moist to dry. They really prefer drier soil. If the vine is really long, you could try to cut it back to a set of green leaves up to 1/3 of the vine and see how it responds. Hopefully, the soil will dry out and make growing conditions more favorable. The vine may also reseed itself. If you replant, make sure the soil dries out and ensure that you seed 6 to 12 inches apart so that they do not get crowded.

Oh ok iv been keeping dirt

By Lisa Bordelon

Oh ok iv been keeping dirt wet but not muddy

Lisa are you from Louisiana?

By Carol D'Agostino

Lisa are you from Louisiana? Are morning glory annuals?

When I plant the seeds how

By dorran

When I plant the seeds how many do I put together and how far apart from the next ones. I bought about 5 packets. I want to cover a 12 ft fence

Seed 6 to 8 seeds per foot.

By Almanac Staff

Seed 6 to 8 seeds per foot. Then think to 12 inches apart.

lots of foliage - no flowers.

By captev

lots of foliage - no flowers. Morning sun good drainage. Also would like to prune them. Any suggestions? BTW I'm in Phoenix. 100 + temps.

Wait. The flowers will come!

By firefli0523

Wait. The flowers will come! Mine went CRAZY with long vines and went everywhere, I almost lost hope and then BOOM! Flowers everywhere. I wouldn't prune unless they are strangling another plant(mine tried to) or really getting in the way of something.

Our non Profit organization

By Plant lover forever

Our non Profit organization has a citywide beautification program, and We are planting morning glories plants in the Public view. We're asking our fellow neighbors to plant a Morning-glory plant in honor of someone they love. Morning glory flowers reminds us that every morning we should give God glory for another glorious day.

This spring I noticed that I

By Brenker

This spring I noticed that I have Morning Glories growing along my fence in a corner in my backyard. Since none of my neighbors seems to have them, I'm wondering where they came from. Could they have been propagated by seeds the birds may have dropped? Besides this peculiarity, would they be a good plant to encourage growth along my chain link fence?

Don't know were they could of

By Justin Blair

Don't know were they could of come from, but I love Morning Glories. I wish I had a fence to grow them. I live in a apartment and grow them in pots. They are a great plant to encourage. Especially if you have a fence for them to climb. They are low maintenance and very pretty when the flowers bloom.

Yes, morning glory (Ipomoea

By Almanac Staff

Yes, morning glory (Ipomoea tricolor) vines can self-seed quite prolifically. They great for chain link fences. They grow in just a few weeks -- and will grow to 10 to 15-feet-tall. Just beware of placement because they can take over!

At what time of day will

By Ann Murray

At what time of day will morning glories close? We have an afternoon wedding and hope they will stay open until the evening (5:00 p.m.) in September in PA. Hmmmm.

You might have luck with the

By tuna fish

You might have luck with the morning glory variety, moonflower. The flower is white and I believe they open mid-to-late afternoon.

Morning glories open before

By Almanac Staff

Morning glories open before sunrise and usually close early afternoon. If you don't want to change the wedding to mid morning you may want to plant a different flower. 'Four O'clocks' Mirabilis jalapa open in late afternoon...

If I leave my morning glories

By Mike Timm

If I leave my morning glories in a pot....what do I do in fall/ winter... Cut vines and bring indoors?

Morning glories are annuals

By Almanac Staff

Morning glories are annuals and will not survive the winter months. Save some seeds and start new plants next spring.

Mind do.they have come back

By Rebecca Wesson

Mind do.they have come back for 10 years.

They didn't come back as the

By Sally Page

They didn't come back as the same plant, rather they dropped seeds in the fall to propagate come spring. This Selfö seeding produces lovely plants, but not necessarily where you want them!

I live in 5B zone. We planted

By Donna Abrams

I live in 5B zone. We planted morning glories from seed in our newly purchased green house . They are about an inch tall in the little cups. It says to plant the entire cup, but when shall I plant them? Thanks so much.

I have not had good luck

By Lisa G

I have not had good luck planting the pots (even though they say they are biodegradable). When I dug up my garden from last year, the pots were still there. No wonder my pepper and tomato plants were not growing. This year, I took my pepper and tomato plants out of the pots and they are growing like they should. I hope this helps!

Wait until the seedlings are

By Almanac Staff

Wait until the seedlings are about 2 inches tall and the night temperatures don't dip below 40 degrees.

Do morning glories flower

By Tim Treece

Do morning glories flower better or do they need morning sun?

Morning glories prefer full

By Almanac Staff

Morning glories prefer full sun but will do well with bright morning sun and some shade in the afternoon.

I have the same problem as

By Connie komomua

I have the same problem as anonymous on May 18. Two to three inches and then they simply stopped growing. They have been siting there for three weeks now with no growth. Some are in pots and some are in the ground, the ones in pots are in full sun and the ones in the ground are in full to partial.

How can I control the mg?

By Joan glassmyer

How can I control the mg? They keep coming back and take over the front porch and garden. We pulled them out 1st year. Came back

First time grower

By Anonymous

I have been trying to grow Morning Glories on the chain link fence on my patio. I soak the seeds, plant them, they start to grow. They get to about three inches tall, bloom, then die, or some small critter eats all the leaves off it and they die. Any suggestions?

Morning Glories trailing down vs up?

By Anonymous

Will it matter if I let my morning glories trail down vs up? I would like to plant my seeds in a deep planter that hangs on the deck railing.... letting the vines cascade downward. Will this be a problem?

morning glories

By Anonymous

No. Morning Glories are beautiful planted in hanging baskets or window boxes. My sister grew her morning glories in a window box and let then grown down. Was a beautiful cascade of flowers.

morning glory seeds

By Anonymous

I read that before I plant morning glories I need to scratch the seed open and then soak for 24 hours. But when the natural seeds drop to the ground to re seed they, of course don't do that. Why can't I just plant the seeds.

Well, you CAN. It's just that

By Anonymous

Well, you CAN. It's just that more will successfully germinate this way. The seed has kind of a hard coat, and the soaking/filing helps the plant to break through that.

Perennial vs Annual

By Anonymous

Hi, I'm interested in planting morning glories on a short fence to make a green wall. Which kind should I use to have the greenery year round and the flowers for as long as they bloom? I live in San Diego and they will get full sun. Or, do you have any other suggestions? I have a brown thumb and used to have the perennial which survived me! Thank you :-)

San Diego is really dry so I

By Jdjimison

San Diego is really dry so I would treat the soil or trade it out with some flowering soil from a garden center. Soak the seeds overnight like they say, and maybe ask the locals what balance of fertilizer they use based on experience with that. I don't remember seeing morning glories when I was there for a week, but if you search for native flowering vines or those recommended for all the variables (how far from the water, how high). They can't have a lot of wind so in my opinion it's a gamble but good luck!

morning glories

By Anonymous

i have been growing morning glories in my college dorm just for fun, and a while ago their leaves started to wilt and turn a pale yellow color. i thought it was because the plastic tub i was growing it in was constricting their roots. so today i reppotted them without disturbing the soil. but now im wondering if i may have been overwatering them? would that explain the pale yellow leaves and wilting?

Yellow leaves are due to over

By Anonymous

Yellow leaves are due to over watering, if you have a plastic pot it's probably not getting a good enough drainage. Only water when soil is dry. I have found if you water it to religiously, you will get vine growth but no flowers. Hope that helps!

Propigating Morning Glories by stem

By Anonymous

I live in a rental so I prefer to stay with plants I can take with me.Last year I had luck starting a plant by stem. I had read that you can basically start a new plant by just putting them in good potted soil with drainage and sun.Is this a normal thing to do,or did I just get lucky?

Unlikely with this kind.

By Jdjimison

Unlikely with this kind. These seeds grow fine and are easy to find anywhere. They do not survive past 1 year even indoors tho. They don't take long to fill a hanging basket tho, and one packet of seeds should fill several baskets. I would be prepared to move them indoor/outdoor tho bc they need lots of sun depending on the intensity in your area.

Toxic seeds

By Anonymous

I read that the seeds are very toxic is this true for dogs too? I want to plant in the dog run to grow along the back fence.

Morning glories are toxic if

By Almanac Staff

Morning glories are toxic if your dog ingests the plant or seeds. It is listed as a toxic plant for pets on the ASPCA website.

Morning Glories

By Anonymous

My roommate planted Morning Glories out of a packet a few years ago. They come back every year and she has never re-seeded. Is this normal?

no it is done by

By Anonymous

no it is done by magic...........gods magic and yours ;)

Morning Glories

By Anonymous

Someone told me that the hybrids won't come back every year, but seeds that aren't hybrids will. Where did she get the seeds?

morning glory hybrids

By Anonymous

I have produced a hybrid myself. As a rule of thumb; The first generation will produce seed but they may not be hybrid but just carrying on one of the original strands it's a 50/50 chance


By Anonymous

She bought them from Lowes or Home Depot - they were the packets of seeds. The packet even said annuals on them, just wasn't sure if anyone else experienced this!

I have them in a house we

By Anonymous

I have them in a house we bought. They do come back every year if the seeds winter through. All I do in one they go to seed shake the fence. I don't even cover them in dirt as they are becoming invasive. I am zone 6 a

I have a morning glory

By Anonymous

I have a morning glory growing on a cement wall with lattice last year it did great this year the leaves look burnt and not growing as much could it be getting too much sun or could it have a pest?

If the leaves look dried out,

By Almanac Staff

If the leaves look dried out, it could be wind burn? Has it been cold and windy? There are some varieties of morning glory that are more hardy than others if your wall is in a place that gets hit harder by weather.

is it alright to plant morning glory around the base of a tree?

By Anonymous

I have an oak tree in my yard that I would like to plant morning glory around. Would this damage the tree in any way?

Planting around a tree

By Anonymous

No it won't harm the tree if it is well established ie more then a few years old
Your biggest problem would be wether or not the morning glories will get enough sun

We do not think that morning

By anonymous

We do not think that morning glory vines are strong enough to kill an established solid oak tree. Keep in mind that the vine prefers about 5 hours of direct sun to flower well so it would not grow well in the shade of a tree.

Quantity question

By Anonymous

I grew morning glories last year in a pot, but this year we are moving and I will have an actual garden with an arch to grow morning glories on.

Most of the recommendations say to grow them about 8 inches apart. What if I am looking for a look like this?:

Or this:

Do you just kind of "break the rules"?

Any advice is appreciated. :)

You can plant the seeds

By Almanac Staff

You can plant the seeds closer than 8 inches apart, but be careful so that the plants don't shade each other and that you have enough support for lots of vines.

Pots For Morning Glorys

By Anonymous

I've heard that if you plant a morning glory in a pot it should be a clay pot. Is this tru or can you use a ceramic pot?

We haven't heard this. Just

By Almanac Staff

We haven't heard this. Just know that clay or "unglazed" ceramic pots --while more natural-- are porous so the soil will dry out more quickly than plastic containers and you need to water more often. When you plant edible flowers, be sure to use a non-toxic pot.


By Anonymous

How do mgs do in a container with a lattice to grow up on. How high should the lattice be?

If you are growing morning

By Almanac Staff

If you are growing morning glories in a container instead of the ground, just make sure it's a big pot (2 feet diameter, 1.5 feet high) as they need a lot of root space. They'll start out slowly take off by mid-summer. You need a tall lattice so that they don't twist around and choke themselves. Buy three four by four posts, and attach lattice panels of the appropriate size and number. Hope this helps.

starting morning glories inside

By Anonymous

I have started my morning glories inside already, not anticipating they would sprout and grow as quick as they did. They are growing pretty quick and i was wondering is it too early to put them outside.... or a better question, what is the lowest temperature they can withstand? It's early march here in Carolina, and the temps are only in the 60's during the day, and gets down in the upper 30's/lower 40's at night. I think i might have jumped the gun on this one

Yes, it is too early to set

By Almanac Staff

Yes, it is too early to set your seedlings outside. Morning glories need soil temps of at 65 degrees.


By Anonymous

I've heard morning glories do not like to be transplanted. Almanac staff?

There is both an "annual" as

By Almanac Staff

There is both an "annual" as well as the wild plant. Wild morning glories don't transplant well. The annual morning glories can be transplanted as long as you do not disturb the root ball once they start growing. One idea is to seed them in peat plants that you can simply plant in the soil. It is important to wait until the chance of frost is long gone.

Proper Sunlight

By Anonymous

I have an area on the north side of my house that has a very glaring white fence that I was hoping to have a flowering vine growing on. The base of the plant will be always shaded, but the vine will receive sunlight about 3 ft. from base. Any chance for Morning Glory?

As long as the sun hits the

By Almanac Staff

As long as the sun hits the leaves, that should be fine. Morning glories prefer about 5 hours of direct sun to flower well. They do better with morning sun rather than afternoon sun. The more sun, the better! The seeds are easy to sow so you may need to experiment and find out how it works in your climate.

Mutant Morning Glory?

By Anonymous

I know this sounds silly, but I had a few morning glories growing up a bakers rack. One of the plants, in a planter seperate from the others, grew up and bloomed much later than the others. When it fnally did, produced flowers, they were a very bright blue and as big as my hand. My other plants were about the size of a silver dollar. Is this common or am I mistaken?

Morning glory mystery

By Almanac Staff

We suppose that it is possible that your large-flowered plant is a mutation, but perhaps more likely it is due to other factors. Bloom time and bloom size may be affected by the variety and/or the growing conditions.

Was the giant morning glory from the same seed packet as the others? If so, it could be that being separate from the others gave it more room to grow, or it had different soil/more nutrients, or better lighting conditions that made that plant thrive. Or, the seed packet was a mix of different types that included this more vigorous version.

If this was part of a pack of seedlings you had purchased from a nursery, it is possible that this particular plant was of a different variety that accidentally got mixed in with the others. There are many cultivars/varieties of morning glory. Some of the newer ones are especially large. You can even find double flowered forms. Of course, the classic 'Heavenly Blue' has striking bright blue flowers.

morning glory

By Anonymous

why morning glory named morning?

morning glory

By Anonymous

it is named Morning Glory Because it blooms in the morning

The name "morning glory"

By Almanac Staff

The name "morning glory" comes from the fact the flowers open every morning.

They are "magic flowers".

By Anonymous

We should be more like them.

storing morning glory seeds till the next year

By Anonymous

How do you properly store these seeds?

storing morning glory seeds till the next year

By Anonymous

If you do not plan to immediately plant the seeds, store them in a dry place out of direct light and in a moderately cool environment until planting time.

Read more: How to harvest morning glory seeds |

You can also store the seeds

By Almanac Staff

You can also store the seeds in the fridge or freezer.

What do I do to the morning

By Anonymous

What do I do to the morning glory vines before winter. I live in CT. Do I cut the vines down from my arbor or just leave them for next year?

Most morning glories are

By Almanac Staff

Most morning glories are annuals in colder climates. Save some of the seeds for next year and cut the vines down. Cover the soil around the arbor with mulch and with a little luck you may see some new growth from the old plant next spring.

Picking Morning Glories

By Anonymous

If I pick some of my morning glory flowers to make, say, a garland, will they still furl up and close after noon or will they be "frozen" in an open state? Also, if I pick the flowers, will the vine it came from still grow flowers in its place or will the vine be barren in that spot?

And I've always wondered, when the morning glories die each day, do the flowers fall off the vine or do they shrivel up infinitesimally? I've always wondered why there were no "bodies"...

Picking morning glories

By Almanac Staff

Morning glories are not commonly used as cut flowers. For best luck cut them while still in bud, crush the stem and put into water. It will bloom but not last long. You can prune morning glory vines for a bushier plant.

no flowering morning glorys

By Anonymous

How can I lower the nitrogen in my soil,if not for this year for next year.

No flowering morning glories

By Almanac Staff

Mulch with sawdust or bark mulch. These mulches will use the nitrogen in the soil as they break down. Some leftover nitrogen in the soil will leach out through runoff during fall and winter. Plant some vegetables among the morning glories next year. Broccoli, cabbage and corn will use up nitrogen in the soil.

no flowering morning glorys

By Anonymous

Long time admirer first time grower.grew mgs from seed transplantet at about 3"vines are booming but no blooms in site.some in pots with miracle grow potting soil,some in the ground.both growing at the same rate but no buds.I alternated moon flowers and morning glorys 6" apart on two sides of my gazebo.with nylon twine 6" apart look very nice but no blooms.going thru a drought now but water them every other day.what can I do.Keith from ill.

You may have the wrong

By Almanac Staff

Lack of blooms often means too much nitrogen or the wrong kind of fertilizer--or, nitrogen seeping from nearby lawns. Do not fertilize your morning glories. Also, only water when they the soil is dry to the knuckle. They thrive in poor soil with little care.

morning glory

By Anonymous

I have a morning glory plant but it never flowers. It grows like crazy with lots of vines but no flowers . Any suggestions ?


Some morning glories take a

By Almanac Staff

Some morning glories take a little longer to bloom, but lots of vines and lack of flowers often means too much nitrogen or the wrong kind of fertilizer--or, nitrogen seeping from nearby lawns. Do not fertilize morning glories. They thrive in poor soil. Also, make sure they get plenty of sun!


By Anonymous


Wild morning glories don't

By Almanac Staff

Wild morning glories don't transplant well. They don't like their roots disturbed. Also, note that wild morning glories (bindweed) are invasive--and different than the beloved annual Morning Glories that we plant by seed.

root system

By Anonymous

How deep do the roots go? There is concern if the roots go deep.

Morning glories -- annual flower

By Almanac Staff

There are 2 kinds of morning glories. The ANNUAL is a lovely flower--which you reseed each year. It doesn't have deep roots. Then there is a perennial morning glory which an invasive weed and often chokes out other plants.

Morning Glory's

By loubabe1

Would it be possible/practical to grow the morning glory in a hanging basket? I'm looking for something different for my hanging baskets. I live in an apt. and hanging baskets are the only way I can grow flowers. For some reason they don't allow vineing plants. Maybe I could train them up and around the basket wires. then they could just trail down. How many plants would look good per basket?


Morning glories in a pot.

By Anonymous

Last year I took chicken wire and made a tub and put it in a large plastic round pot. I put the two seedlings in the middle of the pot on the inside of the tub and I put Wave light pink wave petunias around the outside of the tomato cage. Put the pot in a corner of my deck and hoped for the best. It was beautiful I am glad that I bought two feet chicken wire because those two seedlings took off and bloomed like crazy. Next year I am going to do two of this in the soil in sections of my planting beds to add height. But I think this would be beautiful and it was cheap and easy. The Wave petunias did very well also. And the effect of the blue morning glories and the pink Petunias was amazing.

Flowers for baskets

By Almanac Staff

You may also enjoy this article for suggestions on flowers to put in a basket or window box:

Morning glories and hanging baskets

By Almanac Staff

Hmmm. Good question. Normally, we would say morning glories aren't the best for hanging baskets as the vine will start to wrap itself around the container. If you're OK letting the vines go to the ground, perhaps you could twine them around each other. If possible, look for Sunsmiles Morning Glories and Sidare Morning Glories because they are dwarf trailing varities and are not 'climbers'. No other plants can go in this basket as you won't see them. Another idea: Have you tried nasturtiums? Gorgeous and edible, too!

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