The Amaryllis is the kind that you see outside in the late summer, and look what I found when I got up today, my hubby had to take the pictures because my camera kept showing the flower as blue instead of purple. I am so excited, it is snowing like crazy, and I have a tropical flower blooming right beside me! Thank you for helping out.
Bravo Teddy.....see what rewards that "P" word brings...LOL
Teddy--if your "amaryllis" is something you see outdoors in the late summer in your area, it's probably not Amaryllis but instead it's Lycoris squamigera since that's the one that's hardy in OH and lots of people grow them. http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/517/
Pretty morning glory flower!
If the morning glory plant is big now, imagine the size by fall!
I don't know how long it will last, but the weather where I live has stayed up in the 70's. I'm afraid that my rose will die because of freezes that may come. It has begun to grow, and I don't know what to do to save it. Any advice? Also I planted some morning glory seeds to plant out in spring.
Roses are plenty hardy, there's no way your weather would ever get cold enough to kill it. Worst case is tender new growth gets zapped by the frost, but it won't hurt the rest of the plant
To clear this up, the winter weather at my house is usually at a high of 65 on the hottest days, and a low of as far as 26. The weather was unusually warm, even on Christmas it was hot! Well, back to the real reason I replied. I started some Mimosa Pudica seeds today, and even though I've grown them before, I want to know if anyone else has, and if they have any advice would be appreciated.
This is what I found when I got up this morning, is it my imagination or are the blooms getting bigger? My aunt said they were purple but they look blue to me. Don't care, they are still gorgeous! There is another one that is going to bloom in a couple of days and a few more behind that one, I did not know they were going to take off like that especially when the plant is not very big to start with.
Yes, the flowers should be betting bigger. The plant , as you said, was small, but as it ages the flowers will increase in size, as well as beauty.
Here is another bloom and there is another one behind it, I never thought when I started this project it would actually bloom or so many at a time. It is such a wonderful thing when you can start things like this in the house when it is cold outside, they are such beautiful blooms and such vibrant color! I wonder how many it will make before I can put it outside and how long it will keep blooming, does anybody have any ideas on that?
I am fairly sure your plant is Ipomoea purpurea (annual morning glory) that means that it has a life span, usually from sprouting to first frost...a few months at most. Annual plants generally grow, bloom, set seed and then die.
Nice pictures Teddy. Make sure to save your seed pods, if you get any. I don't know if M.G.'s need to be pollinated or do it themselves. I'd have to check into that. When I lived up north, we put some leftover chicken wire on a shed wall (12 ft high), and they covered it like ivy. It really dressed up that old shed! Every fall we would break open the seed pods along the ground for next spring's display. I know there are different varieties and I don't know if they all climb but this is just one idea for someone who might have an unsightly shed, or even a trellis in mind. At any rate, save your seeds to enjoy these flowers next year too!
It is the way the light and lens on the camera read the color and then translate to the monitor.
ok, themoonhowl, thanks, I am eager to plant these in the ground and see what happens, I was wondering, I did not pull up the Cosmos when they died, should I when it gets warmer? I do not want to mess up any new plants that might be coming up. I was thinking of pulling up the new shoots when they start coming up and finding a sunnier place for them. Although that might be a little difficult considering our place is surrounded by trees, I could put them in the back yard, it is sandy and very poor soil and there is only 2 trees back there. I have some tiger lilies back there, do you think the Cosmos will do ok back there? The rest of the morning glories that my aunt sent me will go next to the fence so they will have something to grow on, and I have quite a few Irises next to the trellis and also the morning glories that were there last year.
I had to deal with sand a lot where I used to live but I also had horses. The problem could easily be fixed.
Get yourself a bag or two of composted manure and mix that in real good. Add some dried leaves if possible for water retention and mulch around the flowers for added moisture retention.
You'll want to get it down a good foot or so and then the water will take the nutrients the rest of the way.
Not knowing your soil, I can't tell you exactly how much to use. You'll have to use your best judgement or get soil tests done. As long as it's composted, you can hardly add too much in my experience anyways.
That's just one suggestion that's relatively easy and inexpensive.
Good luck with whatever you try.
It probably will not grow any more until it starts getting strong sunlight....and no, I do not think that is enough light...it was happy and blooming where you had it, I would put it back where it was.
If the light is that far away from the plant it really doesn't do it much good, I also would recommend you put it back where it was.
from bud to bloom, especially nice when there is snow outside. Looking at this flower lets me know that no matter how bad and cold it gets now, we all know that sooner or later it is going to get warm and all the flowers that were asleep will wake up and our cameras will get worn out with all the pictures of the beauties. Hopefully I wont be driving you all crazy with questions, I planted my Irises that a friend gave me, he GUARANTEES me that they will be purple, it is going to be interesting when they bloom, my copper color and his purple ones, I mixed them together, one copper, one purple, one copper and so on. Also going to plant the morning glories by the back fence, they get lots of sunlight there.
Would it be a good idea to give the Morning Glories some Miracle-Gro? I have gotten 2 seeds from them already,which I did not think I would not get any since there were no bugs or birds to pollinate them. But I got 2 anyway, There are two buds getting ready to bloom, so it is still doing its thing. But I just wanted to know if I should put any on there.
It would not hurt to give it a good watering with some 1/2 strength liquid fertilizer, but it will probably be okay soil-wise til Spring....unless you see roots coming from the drain holes.
when is the best time to put the morning glory in the widowsill? The daytime temps are going to be in the high 30's and 40's. It is still blooming and I don't want to screw it up. The naked lady plant is still short and not doing anything and I have gotten patience and not going to bother anyone with any questions for a while.
It is doing what it is supposed to do, Teddy. It is blooming...in a few weeks it can go outside, so I would just feed it and leave it where it is...like the old saying...Don't mess with success....grin
I love seeing my Morning Glory blooms, some are the regular size and some are smaller. Here is the one from this morning. This is my whole plant, for some reason it has not gotten bigger, it does not trail around or climb on anything and I had a string for it to climb on. But I guess it is alright anyway, it is blooming and they are beautiful to see. Hopefully it will survive until spring so I can plant it along with the other seeds and the back fence will be covered in purple mg blooms, and you can bet your last dollar you my friends will be the ones to see the pictures. It is good that the memory sticks on the camera have a lot of space, I am going to need it!
Sorry about that, the last photo was messed up, this is what the flowers look like, for some reason the last one was totally screwed up and I wanted you folks to see what they really look like when they bloom. Got a question, will it get bigger and start to vine when it gets warm enough to put it in the window? I never saw a mg that did not vine but still lived and bloomed. Advice and suggestions needed, thanks in advance.
Light and temperature have a strong effect on a plant's size. Once it gets good all day sun it should grow well.
This is not a morning glory question, but I was wondering, when do I pull up the old stalks of the Cosmos plants from last summer? Or do I pull them up at all?
Which species are they? Cosmos grown in our gardens are annuals, like C.bipinnatus and C.sulphureus.
I think it is C.sulphureus, I really can't say because I don't know what the difference is. All I know is that they are really pretty.