How to Grow Morning Glory Flowers

Overview

Morning glories are known for their blue trumpet flowers that bloom in the morning when the sun first starts to shine. The blooms close in the afternoon or when the sun stays behind the clouds. An annual flower, the morning glory is a flowering vine and will aggressively attach itself to an ordinary fence or trellis. Blooming from summer through the fall, the colorful morning glory vine attracts hummingbirds and butterflies to the backyard garden.

Cultivating a Morning Glory

Step 1

Fill a container two-thirds full of the seed-soil starter purchased from a garden supply store. Add enough water to dampen soil and mix in with a fork or pencil. Choose peat pots, tin cans, or empty egg cartons to start your morning glory seeds in.

Step 2

Open the packet of morning glory seeds carefully. Empty the seeds onto a smooth table or plate. Select a plump seed that shows no signs of damage.

Step 3

Using a small sharp knife or cutting tool, scrape the morning glory seed. You want to barely nick the seed. Morning glory seeds are tough and can use a little help with germination.

Step 4

Make a hole in the soil using a pencil. The hole should be about one-fourth inch deep. Drop the seed in and cover with soil. Gently pat the soil over the seed. Cover the container with saran wrap.

Step 5

Remove the saran wrap as soon as the seed germinates. Place in sun. After plant is mature and danger of frost has passed, place your morning glory outside for a few hours a day to harden off.

Transplanting Morning Glories

Step 1

Choose a sunny location, preferably near a fence or wall that still receives sun. Prepare the soil as you normally would when transplanting. Gently transplant the mature plant and pat down the soil around it.

Step 2

Insert a trellis about 5 inches behind the plant. Gently drape the vine over the trellis or fence, wrapping it around if necessary. Water well.

Step 3

Continue to train the vine along the trellis as it grows until it takes off on its own. The vine will eventually cling on its own and will not need to be tied. Fertilizer regularly.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't let seed-starting container get over-moist or it will grow mold and kill your seedling.

Things You'll Need

  • Morning glory seeds
  • Small sharp knife
  • Seed-starting soil
  • Containers
  • Lattice
  • Spade
  • Shovel
  • Water
  • Pencil
  • Saran wrap

References

  • "The Budget Gardener"; Maureen Gilmer; 1996
  • USDA: Plants Profile: Ipomoea hederacea Jacq.
  • The Old Farmer's Almanac: Morning Glories

Who Can Help

  • National Gardening Association: Plant Care Guide
  • To Build a Garden: Fast Growing Flowering Vines
Keywords: Growing Morning Glories, Morning Glory Care, Morning Glory Propagation, Morning Glory Seeds

About this Author

Bobbie Brewer has been writing since 1990. Her work has appeared in publications and on Web sites including Garden Guides and Trails. Brewer is an international traveler, outdoors enthusiast and has been gardening since 1991. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University, Sacramento.