Starting Morning Glories Indoors From Seeds

Start morning glory seeds indoors for a summer full of beautiful blossoms. image by myristica: morguefile.com

Overview

Morning glories continue to be a popular climbing flower among many home gardeners. Whether you train morning glories up the side of a mailbox, a deck or a garage, you are sure to have plentiful blooms to add interest and charm to your landscaping. Morning glories provide inexpensive color to any spot in the garden that needs a special touch of beauty. Give your morning glories a head start by starting the seeds indoors approximately six weeks before the last spring frost.

Step 1

Fill the plastic cup with warm water and place the morning glory seeds into the cup. Soak the seeds for 24 hours to soften them.

Step 2

Fill the peat pots approximately 3/4 full with potting soil. Place three seeds in every pot and cover the seeds with 1/2-inch of soil. Spray the soil with water to moisten it immediately after planting.

Step 3

Place the peat pots under the grow light to encourage the seeds to germinate. Turn the grow light off during the night hours. Spray the soil with water often to keep it evenly moist.

Step 4

Watch for germination within one week. Thin the seedlings down to one per pot when they are approximately 3 inches high.

Step 5

Prepare a growing area outside in full sun. Provide something for the morning glories to climb such as a fence or a trellis.

Step 6

After the last spring frost, dig holes large enough to fit the entire peat pots and place the peat pots into the ground. Firm the soil around the pots and water the seedlings.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic cup
  • Morning glory seeds
  • Peat pots
  • Potting soil
  • Spray bottle
  • Grow light

References

  • Minnesota Gardener's Guide; Melinda Myers; 2005
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About this Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator and regular contributor to "Natural News." She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, crocheter, painter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. Hatter's Internet publications specialize in natural health and she plans to continue her formal education in the health field, focusing on nursing.

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