Making Morning Glories Bloom Earlier in Ottawa
I'm planning on covering the fence of my entire patio with morning glories. Last year when I did this the vines were fairly prolific, but I didn't find that either the vines or the flowers were very impressive until late August, with the greatest abundance of blooms showing up in September. The problem is that this year I am moving to the UK in September and I'm afraid that I will have to leave before I see my beautiful blooms. Is there any way to ensure that they bloom earlier in Ottawa?
The patio gets full sun all day long and it's very hot - luckily I work from home so watering regularly is not a problem. I grow my seeds in containers and I don't fertilize, keeping the soil pretty poor. Last year I started the seeds indoors before transplanting - perhaps the blooms were delayed because they had transplant shock? Is it too late to start indoors, or should I plant them directly? When do your MGs normally bloom?
Thanks for any advice!