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Planting Morning Glory:

Morning glories are easy to start from seed.

  • Soak seeds for 24 hours or nick the hulls prior to planting to speed germination, then sow them 1/2" deep directly outdoors.

  • In climates with long, cool springs, start seeds in peat pots indoors several weeks before your last frost date and move them into the garden when overnight temperatures stay above 45º F.

  • Vines will reach 10 feet or more within two months.

    Interesting Facts:

    Morning glories are native to the tropics. Flowers last for one day and are normally open only from dawn to mid morning, but may last all day under cloudy skies. Hummingbirds are attracted to the blooms.

    Botanical Name:


    Life Cycle:

    annuals, vines/climbers

    Planting Time:



    climbs 6' to 12'


    full sun


    average, moist, well-drained soil, not too fertile



    Bloom Time:

    early summer to mid fall


    blue, purple, pink, scarlet, and white trumpet shaped flowers



    green vine with heart-shaped leaves



    Suggested Use:

    trellises, decks railings, fences, lampposts

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    June 1, 20060 found this helpful

    seeds are easy to harvest off of the vines as well--i still have tons of them from vines grown last years--i planted 4 pkgs of seed last year and saved around 200 or more seeds. Anyone need some? Can't tell you colors or anything and some might be 4 o'clocks.


    contact me at babz519 (at)

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    June 16, 20060 found this helpful

    I planted Morning Glorries by seed and they have sprouted. The plants are in a pot and are now about 5 inches long. They seem to be taking forever to grow and I have a nylon string for them to wrap around on. They are exposed to full sun. Why so long?

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    By ron k (Guest Post)
    August 16, 20070 found this helpful

    I have several types of morning glory and they all have the same problem. The plants are completly denuded of leaves. All that is left is the main stem and branches. Help

    ron_kraus at msn dot com

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    June 4, 20080 found this helpful




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    By Madiha (Guest Post)
    June 29, 20080 found this helpful

    I need some seeds of morning glory if possible. but I live in Pakistan :( is there a way to send them? I can send seeds of exotic Pakistani plants too. plz let me know at madiha610 AT

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    September 6, 20110 found this helpful

    To babz16 - I would love some morning glory seeds or some 4 o'clocks. I will contact you at your email address. Thanks. Karen : )

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    September 12, 2007

    Although when mentioning that I grow Morning Glories, many think it's a weed , not so. I love to have them hang over my railing on the deck, some have also come up on their own and are a dark purple. Blossoms open in the a.m. only


    By czechlady from Yakima, WA

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    September 20, 20040 found this helpful

    I use Coke bottles, the small regular ones, to start morning glories. When the vine gets too long, I cut it off and put it in a Coke bottle with the top cut off. I then put a string through either end and attach it to a clothes line with a paper clip or twine. They are so pretty.

    By Racer

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    November 16, 2015

    My balcony garden is a sanctuary for me to relax in. I had these beautiful purple and red morning glories winding in and around the panels of the balcony to make it more secluded. In Stratford, Ontario, Canada


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    April 8, 2010

    I planted 4 oz of heavenly blue morning glory seeds. What is the estimated yield of seed?

    Hardiness Zone: 8a

    By moonstone420 from NC


    April 8, 20100 found this helpful
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    They grow tons of darling vines!

    I have seeds from mine that come up every year from the seed pods they leave on the vines at the end of growing season. I usually keep these and replant them. But as for the naturally sowed ones, they come up about the first of June maybe sometime in May. Morning Glories are my favorite, and that is good, because my Mom loves them too and that is why I have covered the fence with them. I am going to buy more seed this year and sprinkle it out along the growing area. They are great, to bring in and put in a glass of water... they are so fun!


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    May 23, 2010

    I'm moving to a condo with an east (and a little bit south) facing balcony. I'm thinking of planting morning glory and moonflowers in pots. Will a mainly east exposure provide enough sun?

    By Audrey from Toronto, Ontario, Canada


    May 23, 20100 found this helpful
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    I have found east sun better than west sun since I live in Texas. Mine are growing on the east side of my nicely and even have trees blocking alot of the east sun. They are getting about 3.5 hours of direct sunlight each day and are blooming!

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    August 21, 2016

    I had pink morning glories last year although the package said they were blue. So this year I prevented any from reseeding and bought three or four more packages of heavenly blue morning glories. But, they are blooming pink. Is there something I can do to the soil to change the color? It's driving me bananas. I love the blue color. Please help!


    August 23, 20160 found this helpful

    Flower color is genetic; only genetic modification will change the color.

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    January 18, 20170 found this helpful

    Try putting iron or aluminum sulfate on the soil... it works for Hydrangeas by changing the Ph. of the soil.

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    September 20, 2011

    I have 2 places where I want to plant morning glories. One is at the foot of my mail box post. The other is in the ditch in front of my house (water does not flow through it due to past neighborhood kids tossing basketballs, etc. in there and now it's plugged up which suits me great).

    My question is, how do I keep them from spreading? (Been there done that. OMG!) At the mailbox would be easy because I can plant them in a pot and only plant one or two on either side. But I can't figure out how to plant them in the ditch without them spreading all over the lawn.

    By Cricket from Parkton, NC


    September 20, 20110 found this helpful

    You actually can't stop them from reseeding but it is simple to pull up the ones you don't want as soon as they sprout.
    Also you can cut down on the seeds by pulling up the plant when they start to produce a lot of pods. They are usually looking kinda ragged by that time anyway.

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    September 23, 20110 found this helpful

    If you plant the kind that grow from seeds, just pull up the seedlings that start where you don't want them. If you plant the seedless kind, forget about keeping them from spreading. Can't be done. Wish I hadn't planted that kind several years ago.

    The photo shows the front half of our 12' x 60' mobile home and the hedge next to it. There are even more this year, in spite of having a whole truckload cut down and taken away each October.

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    June 10, 2010

    Will Convolvulus Cantabrica (perennial morning glories) grow in mid-Michigan zone 6?

    By Brenna


    June 11, 20100 found this helpful

    Got this from I also suggest you have a look at this site under this subject because I get the feeling that they'll take over-they're were called a 'noxious weed'.

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    Posted by verenap 3a (My Page) on Mon, May 1, 06 at 22:12

    Hunner - when you search for something like that and are getting a lot of sites coming up in other languages, try putting in what you are searching for and then add an English word related to your search. I use GOOGLE for all my searches and when I looked up 'Convolvulus cantabrica' I also got a lot of stuff in other languages. I redid the search with 'Convolvulus cantabrica' and added 'perennial' that way it took out all the pages I couldn't understand.
    I found a few places that said it is hardy to zone 7-8, from southern Europe, a smaller plant 6-16" with "dainty" 1/2 - 1" blossoms, and "very nice in a rock garden". From the looks of it, you shouldn't have a problem with it taking over your yard/neighborhood/ doesn't look like this variety is on a quest to for global least not yet. ;-)

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    June 11, 20100 found this helpful

    According to Dave's Garden "no". http://davesgar  es/pf/go/107577/ sorry.

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    July 14, 2016

    I currently have morning glories in containers trailing up trellis. The foliage is beautiful, but here are no blooms. Come to find out they don't require fertilization, thus the reason why there may be no blooms. My question is can I replace the soil in my planters and eventually get blooms this year?


    March 20, 20170 found this helpful

    How much sun are they getting?

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    September 8, 2011

    When are we suppose to plant the morning glories? Do I transplant as soon as I see them coming up in the peat moss pots or after they are bigger?

    By Rosa Marie


    September 8, 20110 found this helpful

    You should probably transplant them in the fall when they have grown some more and are sturdier. They are a perennial, so you want to be sure they are strong enough to transplant.

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    September 26, 20110 found this helpful

    I live in Phoenix, Arizona; when is the best time to plant morning glories? What type of soil do they need? I have grown them before in another state with no problems, but coming to Arizona, it's a whole new situation. Please help me. If I have to grow them inside, I will. I will try anything. I know I have to let the heat pass, (common sense). I just need someone to help me. Thank you.

    By Peggy

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    September 10, 2010

    I tossed Morning Glory seeds all around the dog kennel in hopes it would provide a nice shade cover for summer, and it sure did. It looked nice too.

    By linda from Bellevue, NE

    Morning glory growing around a dog kennel.

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    July 16, 2012

    Although many people find morning glories annoying, I think they are beautiful. I love the way the deep purple blooms stand out against the dark green leaves of the brilliant yellow sunflower that is supporting the morning glory vine. This photo was taken in our garden.

    By VeronicaHB from Asheboro, NC

    Purple morning glory growing up a sunflower.

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    February 17, 20170 found this helpful

    Morning glories are grown for their vibrant flowers. It is frustrating to simply have a vining plant. This is a page about morning glories not flowering.

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    February 26, 20120 found this helpful

    This page is about morning glory growing slowly. Morning glory is generally a very fast growing plant.

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    This page is about growing morning glory in containers. Morning glory is easy to grow and does well in planters.

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    June 10, 20100 found this helpful

    I live in southeastern Ohio. Is it too late to start morning glories outside? It is going to be in the 80s today. I'm not sure how the weather works up here (I'm from Florida), so I am slowing learning. I am having to dig out clay and replace it with compost. Should I start them in the shade or plant them in full sun, in the morning sun?

    Thanks, have a great day.

    By jane from Caldwell, OH

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    May 29, 20090 found this helpful

    I have a perennial Morning Glory that has rooted and adapted to Ohio, but is from California. The trouble is it never blooms, or rarely. It is in full sun. It has big blue flowers, and I was wondering if a chemical that is put on Hydrangeas to make them blue would help?

    Hardiness Zone: 4b

    By rosemary harris from Columbus, OH


    Growing Morning Glories

    You may just not be seeing it early enough in the mornings. Morning Glories only open up in the early morning, and they close up early again, too for the rest of the day. If that's not it, they might have adjusted to OH as far as growing, but not the blooming part yet. Try watching earlier in the mornings, and if that's not the problem, I'd check with a nursery and see what they say. (05/22/2009)

    By Cricket

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    May 18, 20090 found this helpful

    I purchased two Heavenly blue Morning Glories and was wondering what the temperature needed to be so I can plant them outside? I live in New Jersey and we haven't had consistent temperatures yet.



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    May 5, 20080 found this helpful

    Morning Glories can be planted in the garden from seed but you'll have much earlier blooms if you start them indoors 5 or 6 weeks ahead of planting.

    The Morning Glory loves to face East as they bloom in the mornings and fade away come the hot afternoon sun. So don't plant morning glories facing the West.
    Although they fade away each day new ones will be there to open up in the morning.

    Morning glories readily reseed themselves and keeping them all in one place is almost impossible.

    The little black seeds fall all over the place once the little 'pods' on the vines dry up and open, so plant morning glories in an area by themselves so they have free reign to do what Mother Nature intended them to do.


    By Sandra Hemstock


    Growing Morning Glories

    Your Morning Glories are simply beautiful. Their
    blue is my favorite shade of blue, and I wish
    I had a wall facing east so that I could make it
    look like yours. It is a feast for the soul, and
    you are a lucky lady.

    Thank you for sharing with us.
    Julia in Orlando, FL (06/09/2005)

    By Julia

    Growing Morning Glories

    Do the morning glories come back every year or do they have to be replanted?
    Sandy (06/09/2005)

    By sandy morris

    Growing Morning Glories

    They will come back every year for the rest of your life! Very invasive.
    Gail Beynon
    Glenn Dale, Maryland (06/11/2005)

    By ThriftyFun

    Growing Morning Glories

    Morning glories are an annual plant, but produce plenty of seeds that start from the beginning each spring quite easily. without any help from the human gardener. Beth (06/11/2005)

    By ThriftyFun

    Growing Morning Glories

    I'm going to be planting a large pot of them in my house. I want them to grow around my living room and I was wondering if they'll be able to sustain growth in my living room? (06/15/2005)

    By Kyle

    Growing Morning Glories

    I don't know Kyle if morning glories will grow indoors or not. I've never heard of anyone doing that before.
    You will need to put them in an east window or have some kind of growing lamp on them in the mornings to open up the blooms.
    And you'll have a lot of fallen blooms to pick up off the floor every day. :-)
    They will be beautiful if it works for you.
    Send in a picture so we can see the results.

    Sandra (b)(/b) (06/16/2005)

    By Sandra Hemstock

    Growing Morning Glories

    Yes, you can grow morning glories from the seed indoors. I have been doing this for 3-4 years now. And have been very successful at it. I've given many to friends and they are so delighted to plant them in their garden. They grow and grow wild. They take over. Matter a fact my friends put their order in the spring, with me every year. And I am more than glad to please them I have grown them in 8-12 ounce cups. Either hot or cold cups. Plant the seeds at least as deep as your pinky, into the potting soil. Water them twice a day. Once in the morning between 7-9 am. then between 3-6 pm. I have been very proud of my morning glory babies. Especially when I go by my friend's house in the summer and see my babies growing wild. Well knowing in my heart that I started them form a seed. Oh! yeah they need plenty of sun they love lots of sun and plenty of water. Enough to soak the soil but not drown them. (06/16/2005)

    By CouselorCounsil

    Growing Morning Glories

    My baby morning glories were eaten down to only a few inches above the soil. Will they grow new branches? (06/28/2005)

    By Susan Titone

    Growing Morning Glories

    Susan I don't know if they will grow back again or not. I've never had anything eat my morning glories down to within a few inches of the soil.
    I'd just leave them alone and see if they will start at ground level again.
    I'd be interested in knowing if they do rebound and grow back.
    Keep us posted. (06/28/2005)

    By Sandra Hemstock

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