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How Often Should I Water My Morning Glories?

By Jenny Harrington ; Updated September 21, 2017
Morning glories require water to establish.

Quick-growing morning glory vines cover trellises, fences and support structures within a short time in early summer. The annual vines continue to grow and flower throughout the warm months. Morning glories require very little maintenance to grow and perform well, but proper watering ensures they grow as tall as possible and bloom well during even the driest days of the growing season.

Direct Sown Seeds

Morning glories typically grow from seeds sown directly in the garden bed. The seeds require overnight soaking in warm water prior to planting to soften their hard outer coating and to ensure successful germination. Frequent, light irrigation in the days leading up to sprouting keeps the soil moist so the coating continues to soften. If the ground is allowed to dry, the seeds do not germinate successfully. Misting the surface of the bed with water when the surface of the soil feels dry ensures moisture stays in the top inch of soil where the seed is. Morning glories may require daily watering at this time if the bed dries out quickly.

Indoor Seedlings

Peat pots provide the optimum container for indoor seedlings because the pots decompose in the soil, allowing you to plant the entire pot in the garden bed and minimize root disturbance. Peat wicks moisture out of the soil, causing it to dry more quickly. Water the pots every two to four days, or when the surface dries out, until you are ready to plant the morning glories outside. Overly wet surface soil may cause fungal problems but the soil must remain moist in the root zone of the seedlings.

Established Plants

The established vines tolerate some dryness but generally grow more quickly and flower better when the planting bed remains evenly moist at a depth of 1 inch. Morning glories need approximately an inch of water a week, from either rainfall or irrigation. Watering once weekly and providing enough water at the irrigation to moisten the top 6 inches of soil in the bed is generally sufficient. The plants may require twice weekly watering during dry periods.

Special Considerations

Mulches help minimize moisture loss in the soil by insulating the bed from rapid evaporation. Apply a 2-inch layer of natural mulch, such as wood chips, once the vines begin to climb their trellis. A mulched bed may require less frequent irrigation, so feel the soil beneath the mulch before watering and only irrigate when the top inch begins to feel dry. Established morning glories grown in containers dry out more quickly than those grown in mulched or unmulched beds and typically require daily watering so the soil remains moist.


About the Author


Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications. Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.