How to Soak Morning Glory Seeds


Morning glory is also known by its scientific name, Ipomoea. It is a climbing vine that can grow up to 10 feet in as little as eight weeks after sprouting, but the trick with morning glory seeds is getting them to sprout in the first place. Morning glory seeds have very hard seed coats, which the seedling needs to break through in order to germinate. Morning glory gardeners help facilitate this process by soaking the seeds.

Step 1

Soak your morning glory seeds no more than 24 hours before planting them.

Step 2

Take a sharp knife and nick the edge of the morning glory seed coat.

Step 3

Fill a jar or bowl with warm water, and then add the morning glory seeds.

Step 4

Allow the seeds to soak for 24 hours before planting them in the ground or pots.

Tips and Warnings

  • Morning glory seeds can swell and drown if left in the water for more than 24 hours.

Things You'll Need

  • Glass jar or bowl
  • Warm water


  • Iamshaman: Cultivating the Morning Glory Family of Seeds
  • Fine Gardening: Morning Glories

Who Can Help

  • USDA Plants Database: Plant Profile: Ipomoea
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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.