How to Plant Morning Glory


Morning glories are annual vines that produce bright, festive blooms. Different strains produce almost any conceivable color, from white to near black. Morning glories should be planted in early spring and will die in the first hard freeze.

Step 1

Prepare the morning glories to help them sprout more quickly. You can soak the seeds for a few hours, nick them with a file to thin the thick seed coat or both.

Step 2

Find a good spot for the morning glories. Morning glories require a lot of sunlight, the they should be planted in average soil--not too fertile or wet. They also need something to grow on. You can plant your morning glories near a fence or trellis, or simply grow them on sunny ground and install supports later.

Step 3

Plant the morning glories about 1/2" deep in the soil by digging a small hole with your fingers. Spread them out about 6" apart. Water them so the soil is moist but not wet.

Step 4

When your morning glories sprout, thin them out so you have only one plant every eight to 12 inches.

Step 5

Add stakes in the soil if your morning glories aren't growing near something they can twine around. Gently train your plants to them. You should provide a stake at least 1 foot high for your morning glory to grow on.

Step 6

Keep the soil moist but do not soak it. Morning glories are more tolerant of drought than over-watering.

Tips and Warnings

  • Morning glory seeds are hallucinogenic and are illegal to consume. Exercise caution growing them if you have young children.

Things You'll Need

  • Morning glory seeds
  • File
  • Stakes


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