Don't know how they behave in your zone, but here they come back (re-seed) beyond your wildest dreams ... sometimes nightmares. LOL. I planted some four years ago and they are still popping up everywhere. I can't keep them pulled up. Plant to your heart's content and you will have morning glories for years to come. :-)
hi sassyraven-- I live in rio rancho, NM and my morning glories reseed themselves pretty well, so I think yours will too! although this year, something (I am now wondering if it's my dog) keeps eating the leaves off the new seedlings and they're having a hard time getting started. My best advice, since we don't get a lot of rain in NM, is to start watering the area where your morning glories are in the early spring. Just get the ground wet once a day and soon you're seeds from last year's morning glories will start taking off. good luck! taranne
I concur with JudyinGA: Once they reseed you will have morning glories popping up all over the place and not where you necessarily want them. I pull hands full of seedlings every week from morning glories that were planted and reseeded in 2008. They will grow in cracks in the sidewalk, in flower beds, everywhere. If you don't catch them when they're small, they will climb anything they get near, even bushes and other perennials.
I believe there are Japanese MG varieties that behave. If you're a subscriber, check out the Morning Glory thread. Lots of good information there.
I have a morning glory I planted too . it has tons of foliage but no flowers yet , do they bloom the first year and also in the fall when it dies out after the frost do I cut it back down to the ground? Thanks Tammy
Yes, they get flowers the first year - it is an annual. It will die back when frost hits and then you have the fun of ripping it out. Fallen seeds will give you many new Morning Glories next year and for the rest of your life.
I have one of these houses down the road from me. Nice sweet couple asked my husdand and son to come down last summer and get what they wanted out of there garden. My poor Guys came home empty handed they couldnt tell where the garden was for all the weeds , the house has bushes and vines that are over grown and gives the proberty a scary apperance the women told my husband they were old fashion gardeners and used the old ways to garden. My son said old like in prehistoric before the invention of hoes and rakes.
When we were kids in the 50's we used to pass a house like that on our walk to school. It was on most of a whole city block. There was a big glass greenhouse out back. At one time the woman must have had a beautiful yard. The wood house was huge, but falling apart. The family had money, but it seems none of her children cared enough to take care of mom or keep up the property. When developers tore the house down they found money and old gold coins hidden in the walls. As a kid, my DH remembers sneaking on the property and peering into the windows. The woman was a hoarder. There's apartment buildings on the land now. Another possible town treasure, torn down and replaced with non-descript rental property. That probably wouldn't be allowed today, with so many cities now creating historical areas. Too late for the old Nelson property and all the potential it had for the town.
that is a real shame that the house was torn down. I live out in the country quite a ways from the nearest town , down the road from us is an old brick school from the late 1800s it has been used to house pigs at one time but now it is just sitting there part of the roof is caving in . it is sad no one took the time to repair it. it is home to a family of foxes.
Morning glory (weeds) are hard to remove from a vegetable garden. The seeds are so prolific that even though you pull them up every day, they will return. While you are busy putting up vegetables, they just keep on sprouting. Luciee
Precisely! It's why we removed the vine but still find seeds growing five years later and they probably always will be growing. I've read that they can grow for 80 years - remaining viable in the soil until the placement and time is right.
wow I hope they dont become to big of a problem for me , I guess there kind of like honey suckle in that I love the smell of the honey suckle and wanted to plant some but every one tells me it spreads everywhere and inpossible to get rid of. I am afraid to plant it now .
As a kid I remember walking home from school past a house with a fence completely covered in morning glories. We would stick our noses in them (even though they had no fragrance) just to feel the bloom collapse on our noses, then spring back again when we pulled our head away.
Eventually the MG's engulfed the entire house and everything around it, but we thought all that BLUE was beautiful.
pirl, I can believe 80 years!!! Some people love them, but not me. Our neigbor bad Heavenly Blue growing on a fence. The took movie pictures of them. They were beautiful, but this is not the flower for me. Luciee
Whatever plants we really want to delete seem to have this extreme inner vigor and the ability to survive Round Up, which makes it difficult to eliminate them except for gas and a match, which I wouldn't suggest.
I do have a torch but it was bought to kill weeds between the bricks of the terrace. Then I found out vinegar works well (and it's cheap) so that's what I use. The torch bothered my back due to bending for an hour or two at a time.
wow A torch , my husband knows better than to let me around any thing flameable , he wont even let me burn the trash they all run when I just try and roast a marshmellow . I think I proved a lack of commen since when I tried to start a fire in the fireplace with nail polish remover. My eyebrows grew back after awhile though. Pirl I have never heard of vinger to kill weeds does it work well my husband uses bleach and I hate it.
Vinegar is cheaper, here, than bleach and works VERY well.
I've done the eyebrow and eyelash singeing as well, Tammy! Had to laugh about you and the marshmallows!
The first time I tried to barbecue as a surprise for my husband (I was all of 20 years old) I didn't know what he put on the coals but gasoline was nearby. Boy! That made a flame that hit the top of the garage! I wheeled it out of the garage pronto and that chicken was the worst I've ever tasted. We had vegetables for dinner that night!
When I rolled out the barbecue with flames shooting for the sky I think the neighbors were stunned into silence as they looked up and up and up. Is it a bird, is it a plane, no - it's Arlene's first try at barbecue!
When I tell the story around others it never ceases to get them looking oddly at me and probably wondering about my sanity.
Hello everyone, another newbie here...asking about Morning Glories. I started some from seed this spring, I'd like to put them by the mailbox. The question is do I just plant one or 2? I can see how they can be aggressive since they're still in a little 8 oz biodegradable container and they're growing like crazy.
Monica Welcome , I planted just one on a trellis and it covered every bit of my trellis . It wouldn't hurt to plant 2 of them and if it gets a bit to much you can always cut them back. What kind are you planting ? mine were Heavenly Blue
Hi Tammy, thank you for your reply. I don't know the name, I got the seeds from a friend's pot. I've seen his in bloom and they were purple-blue, intense color...which made me demand he let me have the seeds...lol. I was absolutely amazed to see how, after nicking them with a knife and soaking them in warm water, I saw tiny growth after 45 minutes of them being in the water (I did keep changing the water so it stayed warm).I went a different route than planting them in seed mix since I didn't have any anymore, I put them on a wet paper towel and in a baggie...I had 1.5" after 4 days...so cool to see...
I saw your post from last summer, did yours bloom? I did fertilize mine too, so when I saw your post and people saying you may have fertilized too much now I wonder if I'm going to get blooms... I would think any plants may benefit while small of some fertilizing, so if I put it in the ground now and don't fertilize anymore maybe I will get flowers.
And did you get lots of seedlings after they fell on the ground? Were you able to see them and maybe pick some up so you minimize the amount you might get next year?
I just planted more Heavenly Blue MGs, it is the end of June/first of July, will the ones I planted just now bloom this year or wait until next year, I just had the first purple bloom of the season. Here it is. I also planted heavenly blue earlier and they are up too, I am anxious to find out just what color some of the ones that have popped up about 2 or 3 inches from the lattice are, they are from last year so don't know whether they are red or purple.
Ive notice that with a few annuals, they can live as perenials if given the right conditions. I once had a Lima bean plant for 4 years, and another for 3.
I guess it depends on the orgins of the plant and/or ancestors.
I put 3 Morning glory seeds between 2 paper towels, got them damp, put a little hydrogen peroxide in there, put them in a saucer and put them in a baggie, then put them in the picture window and here is what I have so far, how much more should they sprout before I plant them into the pot and can I put all 3 in the same pot? If I am not wrong these are either Scarlett O'hara or Flying Saucer, I don't remember which ones they are.
I planted them root down in a medium square pot that I had lying around, I was thinking of soaking a few more to fill the pot, what do you think of my set up? It is a flourescent lamp so it won't melt the plastic pot.
This is the favorite of beginner gardeners, it is easy to germinate and grows fast, it is called Clarkes Heavenly Blue and the blooms are huge! When the light hits them just right they glow! I have a bunch of them blooming on my Morning Glory tower, two more bloomed this morning here is a picture of some of them. I also have Scarlet O'Hara and Flying Saucer in the pot in the window indoors and some kind of purple ones out on the lattice. So I have the morning glories covered! I also have a moonflower bud that is 6 inches long! I can't believe how long it has gotten, the bloom should be just as huge. Will take pictures when it blooms, I also have about 4 more buds but this one takes the cake, it is my first ever. As you can see, the first pic is the moonflower bud, the second is a Heavenly Blue morning glory.
There are Many different types of Morning Glories that are NOT as invasive and they allow folks with a smaller place to enjoy them, I do have to agree that the sight of all that blue along a fence or climbing up a tall tree is beautiful, just what you see in pictures of Victorian / Edwardian Cottage Gardens of old, however, the Wild Blue weed Type is a menace to control once you plant it, as mentioned from others, it winds and twists it's way around neighbouring plants causing them to perish from lack of light, The other problem when trying to get rid of that particular Wild Blue type,. As like the pea family, they have little Nodules growing on the roots, IF you don't clear the WHOLE root system from the soil, it just regrows again next season along with any seeds scattered by nature.
I absolutely love the Morning Glory Climber BUT just be selective of the ones you want to grow, there have been neighbour fall outs re the wild plant spreading into others ground.