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How to Care for a Morning Glory Plant

By Willow Sidhe ; Updated September 21, 2017
Morning Glories

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.

 

Things You Will Need

  • Gardening soil
  • Stake
  • Fertilizer
  • Organic mulch

Tips

  • A trellis can be used in place of a stake if available or desired.
  • Be careful not to feed or water morning glory plants too often, or the plants will grow more foliage than blossoms.
  • Many different varieties of mulch can be used, but shredded cedar bark mulch is recommended.

Warning

  • All sections of the morning glory plant are poisonous and should not be consumed.

About the Author

 

Willow Sidhe is a freelance writer living in the beautiful Hot Springs, AR. She is a certified aromatherapist with a background in herbalism. She has extensive experience gardening, with a specialty in indoor plants and herbs. Sidhe's work has been published on numerous Web sites, including Gardenguides.com.