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The term "morning glory" actually refers to a family of flowering plants that encompasses over 1,000 different species and several different genera. However, one trait that all morning glory plants share is the blooming cycle. New flowers form each morning and die later that same evening over the course of the entire season. Morning glory plants grow on vines and prefer to climb up nearby objects, usually stakes or trellises. They are best planted in early spring, just after the final frost of the season, and will bloom until late fall.
Soak morning glory seeds in warm water for 24 hours prior to planting to prepare the seeds for growth. Remove the seeds from the water, and plant them 1 inch to 2 inches deep in normal gardening soil in a location that receives full sunlight each day.
Drive a stake that is 1 foot to 2 feet long into the soil a few inches from the place where each morning glory seed is planted. Once established, the vines will climb the stake for extra support.
Water the morning glory seeds just enough to moisten the soil immediately after planting. Apply a balanced 10-10-10 NPK fertilizer around the seeds to add nutrients for the plants to absorb after they sprout.
Continue watering the morning glory two to three times a week, ensuring the soil stays moist but not soggy. Feed plants once a month using a balanced fertilizer. Follow the manufacturer's directions for proper dosage.
Spread organic mulch around the base of the morning glory plant once it is established and has begun to climb up the stake. This will reduce weeds, add more nutrients to the soil and help conserve water.