How to Plant Morning Glory Vines


The morning glory, known scientifically as Ipomoea, is a flowering, climbing vine that grows easily. It makes an excellent ornamental near a trellis, fence post or porch railing. When growing morning glories, you can sow them directly into the ground or start them indoors. The vines are sensitive, and don't often survive transplanting, so if you sow seeds indoors, they must be sown in peat pots that are then planted directly into the soil.

Step 1

Nick a morning glory seed with the tip of a metal nail file.

Step 2

Soak the morning glory seeds in lukewarm water for 48 hours. This will help soften the seed coat and promote germination.

Step 3

Fill the peat pots with potting soil mix, then water the pot until it is fully moist, but not soaking wet.

Step 4

Insert the morning glory seed 1/4 to 1/2 inch under the soil, and place in a warm, sunny window. If planting the seeds directly into the ground, select a full-sun location with good drainage.

Step 5

Plant the peat pots fully into the soil when all danger of frost has passed. Cover the top of the peat pot, otherwise it can dry out and take moisture away from the morning glory roots.

Step 6

Plant pots, or seeds, 8 to 12 inches apart. Insert a stake into the ground for the vine to climb up as it grows. The stake should be at least 4 feet tall, and pounded into the ground at least 12 inches deep.

Tips and Warnings

  • If you don't give morning glories a support to climb up, they will reach out and climb around whatever they are closest to. If that is another plant, the vine can tie it up and damage both itself and the host plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Metal nail file
  • 3-inch peat pots
  • Seed-starer soil mix
  • 4-foot garden stake


  • USDA National Resources Conservation Center: Plant Profile: Morning Glory
  • Fine Gardening: Morning Glories

Who Can Help

  • Wayne's Word: Morning Glories
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About this Author

A freelance writer for more than 12 years, Traci Vandermark has written extensively on health and fitness topics. She is a student of health, fitness and nutrition at the International Institute Of Holistic Healing, certified by the American Association of Nutritional Consultants. Her articles have appeared in Catskill Country Magazine, The Lookout Magazine, Capper's, Birds and Blooms and Country Discoveries, to name a few.