my morning glory doesn't like sun?

hopefullysusanApril 21, 2013

This is my Heavenly blue morning glory vine that I'm growing indoors in a container. Whenever I read about caring for this plant, I read that it loves full sun to part shade but will really flower sooner and better if it gets lots of sun. However, whenever I put my plant in a spot where the sun can hit it directly, within minutes the leaves are very droopy and look sad. I really want my plant to be happy and healthy and have an amazing first flowering, should I keep it in a spot where it doesn't get as much direct sunlight?

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hopefullysusan

This is how it looks typically. It doesn't seem to mind being indoors.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 9:02PM
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ron_convolvulaceae

Hello Susan - The Ipomoea tricolor does like full sun but it will acclimate to what it usually exposed to...and leaves can get sunburnt (just like humans) from the ultraviolet rays if they are not exposed to direct sun gradually.

The peripheral areas of the soil in your container look to be dry and I see no water reservoir under the container...

Ipomoea tricolor is not native to areas that cannot supply enough water to keep it alive , otherwise it could not survive in areas which are too arid.

Ipomoea tricolor can surely be grown successfully in arid areas if it is supplied with enough water to offset whatever water is evaporated directly and / or indirectly.

The placing of the containerized plant directly in the sun allows the sun to heat the leaves , the surface of the growing medium, the container sides (and thereby add to heating the entire growing medium) and anything in the general area under and around the growing container.

The plant leaves respire and water will evaporate out of the pores as well as from the growing medium.

I suggest that you do something to insure that the plant has enough water available so that it can replace whatever water gets evaporated and it will then be able to withstand full sun.

Please remember that growing plants in containers is NOT the same as when the roots are planted directly in the ground , because the sun will heat the entire container and the roots get heated in a way which would not occur when the roots are directly in the ground and this causes the plants to be much more susceptible to an unhealthy type of dehydration .

You can also try placing some type of top layer like a coarse mulch (e.g., bark) which will help to conserve moisture and wrap the outside of the container in a reflective material like colored aluminum foil to reflect heat off of the sides of the container.

Reflective material can be used effectively over the top of any water reservoir to help insure that the water doesn't get evaporated directly from the sun and is therefore more available to the plants roots...

The placement of a reflective material (e.g., mirrored surface like mylar) can also be placed underneath the water reservoir and extending outwards to some degree to reflect all light upwards towards the plant leaves .

The reflective materials strategically placed help to prevent the area underneath the container from heating up too much to where it may be contributing substantially to additional and / or excessive heat from underneath the growing container.

I hope my suggestions may be found to be useful...

regards,

Ron

This post was edited by ron_convolvulaceae on Wed, Apr 24, 13 at 14:30

    Bookmark   April 22, 2013 at 3:01AM
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gerris2

I'll have to try the reflective material on my dark colored pots.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2013 at 8:11AM
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