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Tips on growing morning glories

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Here are tips and hints on growing morning glories.

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  • For the best chance of success, soak morning glory seeds overnight before planting.
  • You can can start the seeds indoors, six weeks before your last frost. You can also direct seed outdoors after danger of frost has past.
  • Morning glory vines can take a long time to flower, so starting them early is suggested.
  • They are great for container gardens but will need to be grown up a trellis because they can reach up to 15 feet tall.
  • Do not add too much fertilizer or you will get huge vines with few flowers.
  • For an easy, inexpensive trellis, make a teepee out of bamboo. Take 3 tall bamboo poles and place one end of each a few inches into the soil. Gather the bamboo sticks at the top and secure them together with twine or a zip tie.
  • Morning glories are popular with butterflies and hummingbirds.
  • The vines grow by clinging with tendrils.
  • Morning glory flowers are trumpet-shaped, in shades of pink, white, magenta, purple-blue and bi-colors. The buds are twirled up tightly and unfold when the sun hits them, in the morning.
  • Have your trellis or support in place, when you plant the seeds. Once the vines find the support, they will train themselves to grow up it. If they don't have anything to climb, they will tangle around themselves, on the ground.
  • Morning glories are very low maintenance. You don't need to prune or deadhead.
  • Seeds are easy to save from year to year.
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