How to grow Morning Glory from seed

Morning Glory a fast growing perennial herbaceous climber is native to tropical regions of Asia and the America’s. Looking for a taste of the tropics for your own garden trellis or wall? Then try growing sun loving Ipomoea or Morning Glory as it’s commonly known from seed at home.

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Morning Glory are easily raised from seed as long as you follow a few golden rules. originating from the tropics this fast growing vine requires warm tempertures to germinate and to flourish.

Best results are achieved when you are able to maintain tempertures above 15c for many of us this means germinating Morning glory under glass and keeping the fast growing plants proteted from cold winds and frost untile it is safe to plant out. In the UK we generally plant annuals and tender perennials late May or early June to avoid the plants getting caught by a late frost or a sudden drop in temperture.

The seeds of Morning Glory are encased in a hard shell that needs to soften prior to the seed embryo emerging this occurs naturally in the wild, taking weeks or months for the seeds to emerge during suitable growing conditions. Those of us not willing to wait that long can speed up the germination process by nicking or pre-soaking the seeds.

Nicking or scoring the hard seed shell is easy using either a pair of nail clippers or sandpaper the aim is to simply make a small hole in the hard seed shell to allow moisture to penetrate and kick start the germination process.

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Once you have nicked or sanded your seeds you will achieve best results by soaking overnight in a shallow saucer of water. The scored seeds will take up water and begin to swell by the morning and will be ready to gently place your pre-soaked seeds into individual pots for germination.

Ideally germiante the seeds in the own individual pots or plug trays where you can minimise root distrubance. Placing each seed approx an inch deep in the compost, I usually add a small amount of water into the hole and backfill the hole with some fine seed compost and tap to firm.

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Seeds that have successfully begun to swell will begin to show with in one or two weeks, as the leaves begin to unfurl and as long as you provide optimum growing conditions your new plants will grow and begin to climb very quickly.

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Remember your plants will need protection until the fear of frost have past and may require a larger pot and support from a cane to stop them getting tangled with your other glasshouse plants.

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  1. They’re so easy to grow. My problem is to stop them from self-seeding! (We lift them out of the lawn and place them in containers, where they also do well.

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    1. igrowhort says:

      Hi Cynthia, interesting point about them coming through the lawn! I know they are persistent growers, especially in countries where they grow as perennials. Do you grow various colours and out of interest, do you restrict root growth to get more flowers? Thanks for dropping by much appreciated. Stephen

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