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Morning Glories: what happens if MGs don't have a trellis or support?

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StephTheNeighbor
Loveland, CO

May 6, 2011
7:48 PM

Post #8544845

If I plant a bunch of morning glory seeds in a big flower pot (WITHOUT A TRELLIS OR SUPPORT), what will it look like?
Will the vines just wrap around each other and spill over the sides?
Will I just get a massive messy tangle?
Thoughts? Comments?

I have hundreds of seeds leftover from last year...should I just try it and see?
Lilyofthenight
Victoria, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 7, 2011
7:32 AM

Post #8545476

I am new to morning glory...However I suspect that they would not fare well at all. They will more than likely climb on whatever they can find that is close by...if the little shoots don't die first. I have noticed that my MG's that are farther away from the trellis tend to crawl around on the ground looking weak and sad. The shoots are smaller. I have to check them every morning for new growth to see if I have enough there to train them to a point of attachment. Once they have established a good hold they take off nicely.
Gourd
Mesilla Park, NM

May 7, 2011
7:37 AM

Post #8545484

There are some I. nils that are weeping types and there are some for contianers like Cameo Elegance that don't get too big, kind of bushy, very nice. Other than that, the I. purpureas will do exactly what Lilyofthenight said, they will climb on whatever is close to them or onto themselves.

Put a couple of bamboo sticks and make a teepee, even a tomato cage would work.
beckygardener
(Becky) in Sebastian, FL
(Zone 10a)

May 7, 2011
8:02 AM

Post #8545528

Great ideas, Antoinette! I personally like the bamboo teepees to make a quick trellis for them to climb. :-)
StephTheNeighbor
Loveland, CO

May 7, 2011
1:44 PM

Post #8546089

Sounds good! I will continue providing "stuff" for my morning glories to climb.
Thank you for your responses. :)

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