Beginning to be interested in them. Grew one the past two years on which the flowers are gorgeous, but it seems to not be able to take our heat in direct sun like the others. At least the foliage got pretty scraggly as soon as it got hot. Do they like more shade or cooler temps than the purpureas?
Definitely can give them afternoon shade where you are. And when it get's hot they like lots of water. I don't have any MG's growing in full all day sun. I try to put them where they will get afternoon shade, or some filtered shade sometime in the afternoon. But here in the middle of summer even the toughest plants suffer !
Mj is right. I started losing alot of mine due to the heat and humidity, when I move d them to a spot that got at least some sheltered shade during the hot afternoon they did good, but they did take extra water.
I took some two gallon pots and then took coat hangers and opened them up and mad e them like into a hoop shape and stuck it down the side of pot and had my mg's growing on them that way. As they grew I tangled them round and round. That I found helped keep them from going wild.
Also, Another thing that looks pretty , is to take like chicken wire and make three foot about a foot wide round cylinders and stake them into the ground and grow the mg's round and round on it. If you put a bunch together, make s a nice pretty wall of blooms and easy to get at to collect seeds and hybridize too.
Hmm, I might know just the place... right outside my back door on the deck! Now I just need a box that is narrow and long so I can still open the door there... but they'd get afternoon shade and it would be a nice place to view them...
Sounds like a real good place to put them Kelly. You could let them hang down or put wire frames and make a design out of them. Look around for folks throwing out wood and you can probably build your own for free.
Edited to say one of the really pretty things I saw was where the Mg's were planted and staked up and then they had small sunflowers planted around at the bottom. The color contrast was really beautiful.
Unlike most Morning Glories, the Japanese ones like rich soil and lots of fertilizer. Here they start painfully slow for the first half of the summer then take of and go wild trying to climb over everything at once.
Here's a pic of mine from last year, they twined all together and formed a giant wall!
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So that's why my Japanese ones seemed to sit and sit for so long. Thanks for the tip Steven, will feed mine more this year. I plan on covering a 200 foot fence that gets filtered sun from the pine trees this year with some. Not sure I will like the clean up work at the end of the season, but think it might look pretty instead of just looking at chain link.
Hmm, Ella I like that idea... and I think there are some small Sunflowers somewhere in this piggy box, if my frazzled memory is still working. Didn't keep good records this year... bad time to flake out since I'm now a little busier than expected... but the seeds won't care if I don't have records straight!
KL, some people grow the tall Sunflowers and then grow the MG's up them also. Would probably be too much sun for me to do that here tho, unless I planted a lot of Sunflowers to make shade for the MG's............ummmmmmmmmmmmmm
wow that is an awesome idea! I may have to do one of those at our new house. I am looking for Hatsu Arashi Japanese Morning Glory It is supposed to be the most beautiful blue. Is that true? if so I would absolutely love to have a few seeds. I have a seed list made up I can send if you wanna swap.
Mistirose I don't have that one but I have other's..send me your list (have and want don't forget the want part !) and I'll see if I have some of the want's your wanting. http://cubits.org/Littlegardeninthecount/
MJ that floating cloud is beautiful! I dont have any of theses just been looking for some beautiful blues and found them in these Morning Glories lol My list is in a spreadsheet, can I email it to you? you can message me your addy. but basically looking for some beautiful blues to start, I know they will make an addict out of me lol
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