MG seed-saving - newbie needs help

robiniaquest(z6 MO)September 5, 2007

I know a lot of you on here know a lot about MGs, so hopefully you can help me out.

My 8 yr. old son has been planting morning glories for 3 years now, and this year he has suddenly gone a little crazy with it. His first year he planted Crimson Rambler, which I understand to be I. purpurea, second year, let those self-sow and added Scarlett O'Hara (I. nil?), and let those self-sow, third year added Grandpa Ott's, Heavenly Blue, and the Burpee mixes Early Call and Celestial Mix. His Scarlett O'Hara's and Crimson Ramblers came true with self-sowing up to now, but I am not sure they will after this year's bonanza of so many different varieties all planted in a fairly small area (about 100' x 30'). I have more space I could let him have, but this is still only a relatively large, small-town city lot - does have some barriers, like a 6 ft. privacy fence in back, if that would help.

He is saving seeds like mad, including some of I. hederacea and I. pandurata from grandma's farm, and wants nothing more for his birthday than a "big box of morning glory seeds" of types he doesn't have. I don't want to spoil his fun, but how in the world can he save seed and have any of these come true anymore? I don't really know which species will cross-pollinate and which won't, so any basics on that would help for starters. Other than that, can you give a little kid any advice on how to go about making seed-saving work for him? Oh yeah, AND he wants to try crossing some - I said I think the bees are probably taking care of that for us as we speak...

Hope this is somewhat clear, and thanks for any advice.

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robiniaquest - Just checking in here to see what's been posted...but > I sent you an e-mail and will go into more detail as per your well as post some more on here later on as time permits...



    Bookmark   September 5, 2007 at 4:07PM
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robiniaquest(z6 MO)

Thanks. I haven't gotten your email. I've had trouble with GW email before, but I'll keep checking. Meanwhile, anything you could post would be great. I'm looking forward to anything anyone has to contribute.

- robiniaquest

    Bookmark   September 5, 2007 at 6:09PM
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Would you be able to resend that email? I still haven't gotten it - checked my spam folder, but still can't find it.
Thanks so much.

- robiniaquest

    Bookmark   September 6, 2007 at 8:37PM
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robiniaquest - I sent another mail via the GW...if it doesn't reach you it may be that you changed your e-mail since you signed up on here and need to update it in your info so it will be forwarded to your correct address...

Send me an e-mail
as I'd like to work something out relative to the seeds...

Basically different species will not cross fertilize but many merchants and traders are unsure of how to identify species correctly and so mislabeling does occur e.g., Scarlett O'Hara should be a solid throat Ipomoea nil but Ipomoea purpurea Crimson Rambler is often mistakenly substituted,Ipomoea purpurea is often listed as Ipomoea tricolor and so on...

Learning how to do simple hand pollination will help to insure that the flowers remain true to type and allow you to do intentional crosses which are >always fun to do...

The sepals on the flowerbuds,at the outer flower base and on the seedpods are the most reliable key to identifying...

Send or post any photos of flowers that you need an ID on...



P.S. - Photo link to seedpod of Ipomoea purpurea which always reflexes to point towards the contrast to Ipomoea hederacea,I.nil and I.tricolor in which the seedpods remain erect...

Here is a link that might be useful: Ipomoea purpurea reflexed seedpod pedicel

    Bookmark   September 6, 2007 at 10:33PM
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