Ipomoea are usually grown as annuals in the garden, although they can often be perennials.
They are a climbing plant that blooms with trumpet shaped flowers of pink, blue, white, purple or red (often two coloured) from summer to the early months of autumn.
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Some of the common names for Ipomoea are Morning glory, Cypress vine, Messina Creeper and Moonflower.
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Common Names: Morning Glory, Messina Creeper, Cypress Vine, Moonflower, Moon Vine, Sweet Potato, Water Spinach, Swamp Cabbage.
Life Cycle: Half hardy annual. Half hardy perennial commonly grown as a half hardy annual by gardeners.
Height: 80 to 240 inches (200 to 600 cm).
Native: Tropics and sub-tropics.
Growing Region: Zones 3 to 10. As a perennial in zones 9 and 10.
It is best to grow morning glory in their final location outdoors.
Sow the seeds at a depth of 6 mm (1/4 inch) in a sunny area of the garden a couple of weeks after the last frost of spring.
Ideally the soil that morning glory grows in will be moist and of pH 6 to 7.5; not to high in nitrogen or this will lead to straggly plants.
Ipomoea Plant Germination takes from one to three weeks, and can be enhanced by first chipping the seeds and imbibing in hot water for a day prior to sowing.
Once the young morning glory seedlings have emerged they should be thinned to be about 30 to 45 cm (12 to 18 inches) apart, and given a trellis to climb upon.
Once morning glory starts to climb on the trellis, pinch back the growing tips to encourage branching growth.