My indoors JMG garden for this winter

gerris2December 20, 2012

I'm growing Japanese morning glories indoors over the winter. I find they grow nicely with some augmentation of natural light using a basic everyday use fluorescent tube. Give them short-day lighting and they flower up and make seeds nicely.

Pictured here is a seedling I'm growing at work sitting on a windowsill with a western sun exposure.

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gerris2

Here are a few JMG seedlings I'll be growing out at home.

    Bookmark   December 20, 2012 at 10:27AM
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dena_eft(7)

Looks like their ready to take off. I had success with one in the house once. It seems if someone attempts this,it might be good to start one that is very easy to grow. Patience is not one of my best qualities. :)

    Bookmark   December 23, 2012 at 7:19AM
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gerris2

Growing the vine indoors is easy. Use a scissors to keep the vine in place once the flower buds start being produced by the vines.

    Bookmark   December 26, 2012 at 1:13PM
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gerris2

Here is another one, Ipomoea purpurea which should have variegated leaves.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2012 at 9:30AM
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gerris2

Here are some progress photos.

This vine has classic yellow leaf gene.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2013 at 4:00PM
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honeybunny2(Z9TX)

I can't wait to start my seeds. You make it tempting to start my seeds now. I read the Japanese Morning Glory do not like to be transplanted, so I will wait. I love the lime green morning glory that is leafing out. What color will the flower be on that one? Barbra

    Bookmark   January 7, 2013 at 4:11PM
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gerris2

The yellow leaf morning glories are good for the various Japanese methods of pruning to produce a bonsai-style plant. The primary reason is the plant does not grow as vigorously as non-yellow gene plants.

Here is one that is not yellow leaf, however, it is behaving as such a plant. It appears to me there are even a couple flower buds developing on it.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2013 at 4:13PM
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gerris2

Barbra, it's supposed to have reddish flowers with very fine straight streaks of lighter color.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2013 at 4:21PM
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gerris2

The last one whose photo I posted is supposed to have pink flowers and very variegated leaves. A bit like a pink Cameo Elegance. We'll see, if I'm lucky enough to grow them out to make flowers.

Ths one may have yellow flowers.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2013 at 4:45PM
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honeybunny2(Z9TX)

Those look beautiful! The one that has the redish flower, I noticed also has a redish stem. Are any of the seeds you plant solid white? What do those produce? In my 50 mixed seeds, I have 7 that are hugh solid white seeds. I can't wait until spring gets here, so I can plant these seeds. Barbra

    Bookmark   January 7, 2013 at 8:36PM
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gerris2

The seeds I planted were all black or dark brown.

I think moonflower had blonde seeds.

Here is a link that might be useful: moonflower seeds

    Bookmark   January 7, 2013 at 8:51PM
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luvsgrtdanes

Joseph, how many hours do you keep the lights on?

    Bookmark   January 7, 2013 at 10:32PM
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gerris2

A little less than 12 hours, Ronnie.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2013 at 11:13PM
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honeybunny2(Z9TX)

Joseph, the color is correct but the shape of the seed is diffrent than what shows as the moonflower seed you posted. These seeds are flat on one side, and half moon shaped like all the other seeds. I did not get any brown seeds. Barbra

    Bookmark   January 8, 2013 at 1:30PM
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luvsgrtdanes

Thanks Joseph...I'll give that a try.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2013 at 3:20PM
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ron_convolvulaceae

Hey Barbra - I got a link for you on transplanting Morning Glories.

Here is a link that might be useful: How to Transplant Morning Glories - It's Easy !

    Bookmark   January 8, 2013 at 3:57PM
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gerris2

Sometimes Ipomoea tricolor seeds are blonde colored. I guess you'll have to plant them to see what comes out. That's why I don't like mixes. I prefer the surprises from a box of chocolates instead.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2013 at 4:46PM
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gerris2

Ron, that's great guidance. I clipped the post for future reference.

    Bookmark   January 8, 2013 at 4:48PM
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gerris2

I nicked and soaked 5 seeds I grew in 2009 for winter growing fun indoors. I thought I would have reduced germination due to seed age and appearance quality of the seeds. I am pleasantly surprised with what appears to be 80% germination after a few days. These seeds should make the flowers shown in the next photo.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2013 at 11:49AM
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gerris2

The latest batch of seeds should make plants whose flowers will be deep blue with yellow variegated leaves. It was a breathtakingly beautiful Japanese MG if you're into blue flowers.

    Bookmark   January 16, 2013 at 11:54AM
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gerris2

I am winding the vine of this Japanese morning glory around a circular wire trellis as it grows. This Higo asagao has good leaf color and its even developing flower bud. I am hopeful and excited to see its flowers soon!

    Bookmark   January 17, 2013 at 7:29AM
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gerris2

I have 4 of 5 seeds sprouted and now potted. Here is a photo of the beautiful cotyledons of the deep blue/bright white tube/yellow variegated dragonfly leaf whose photo I recently posted. I admire its deep hypocotyl coloration and contrasting yellow color of the seed leaves.

    Bookmark   January 18, 2013 at 11:10AM
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ron_convolvulaceae

I also share the appreciation of the Beauty of the Details present at all stages.

    Bookmark   January 19, 2013 at 3:46AM
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gerris2

Here's another view of the office windowsill MG seedling. The cotyledons opened nicely on this one and one other plant. So now I have two fairly strong looking plants to watch grow over the next couple of months.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2013 at 12:45PM
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gerris2

I am growing an Ipomoea nil and an Ipomoea purpurea together under lights in the sunroom. I'm doing this to maximize available container space.

Note the interesting variegated leaf of Ipomoea purpurea in the lower part of the photo.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2013 at 7:15AM
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gerris2

One of my Japanese morning glory plants made a flower this morning. I like the chocolate color very much.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2013 at 8:01AM
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dena_eft(7)

It's snowing here. What a nice pic. :)

    Bookmark   January 25, 2013 at 4:19PM
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gerris2

Thank you, Dena, for your nice comment.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2013 at 6:30PM
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gerris2

Ron, thank you for your nice comment. It was you and the Japanese who taught me to watch for details in all stages of growth for clues to how the plant may grow.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2013 at 6:35PM
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luvsgrtdanes

Joseph I must say your vines look great but your photography is looking FANTASTIC!!

    Bookmark   January 26, 2013 at 9:39PM
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gerris2

Thanks, Ronnie! How are your plants doing this winter?

    Bookmark   January 26, 2013 at 10:53PM
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gerris2

Look at the leaves! Look at the flower buds! Start of February, I love it!








    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 12:18PM
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dena_eft(7)

Variegated MG leaves were foreign to me till I discovered GW. They make growing them even more special. :) Arum

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 4:12PM
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gerris2

Thanks, Dena, it was eBay I think that got me hooked with all the photos of variegated leaves. Blue Silk was the ultimate hook for me.

Technically this isn't a Japanese morning glory but I am still growing it indoors at the office in the windowsill. It is Merremia gemella. It should make small yellow flowers. I love the yellow flowers on MGs almost as much as blue ones.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 12:31PM
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ladyrose65

Beautiful pictures Gerri. I love the variegated leaves. Really nice!

    Bookmark   February 4, 2013 at 11:22PM
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gerris2

They are beautiful, I agree. The variegated leaves are nice to see while we wait for flowers.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 6:45AM
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christine1950

gerris, your plants are amazing, I hope you've given yourself a good pat on the back, and that blue is stunning !!
Christine

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 11:52AM
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gerris2

Thanks, Christine, it's very nice of you to say that. Alas, both seedlings died. I have four more seeds soaking in the water and I hope one of them will have life it it to make a flowering plant this winter.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 12:13PM
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gerris2

This little plant keeps making fine looking flowers!

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 8:09PM
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gerris2

There is a certain beauty in the flower even on the day after

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    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 9:01AM
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gerris2

The leaves are becoming intensely variegated and the flowers should be a nice pink color. We should see flowers soon, look at all the flower buds!

    Bookmark   February 8, 2013 at 5:35PM
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dena_eft(7)

Joseph, what is the name of this one? The coloring in the leaves is so intense. You must be supplying just the right amount of light. :) Arum

    Bookmark   February 9, 2013 at 8:08AM
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gerris2

I'm afraid that, like many of the MGs I grow, this one has no name.

Here is one that should open up its flower buds this coming week. I'm excited to see it!

    Bookmark   February 10, 2013 at 7:50AM
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gerris2

The buds finally opened into delicate yellowish flowers this morning.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2013 at 2:39PM
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dena_eft(7)

Isn't that an unusual shape? Very pretty and interesting. No name huh? :) Arum

    Bookmark   February 12, 2013 at 2:50PM
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gerris2

It is the color of the flower that is the focus in this strain. Yellow is rare in Ipomoea nil.

    Bookmark   February 12, 2013 at 7:44PM
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gerris2

It seems I'm growing petite Japanese morning glories this winter, which is a good thing for indoors gardening.

Isn't this pink one a cutie?

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 7:12AM
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gerris2

Here's another view.

As can be seen, this morning glory its happily growing in a 6 ounce container.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 8:24AM
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dena_eft(7)

My goodnesss, I don't see how you do that. MG's are difficult for me to grow outside sometimes.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 7:07PM
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gerris2

I will probably transplant this little one to a bit larger container. At present time it seems happy with all the flowers its making so I will hold off for now.

This is another shot showing details of the flower.

    Bookmark   February 13, 2013 at 10:50PM
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gerris2

Variegated leaf of the day.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2013 at 8:00AM
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gerris2

Here is the salmon colored and curiously shaped flower of this Japanese morning glory, happily growing in a six ounce container under lights indoors.

This post was edited by gerris2 on Fri, Feb 15, 13 at 8:16

    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 8:10AM
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gerris2

Here is another view of the plant. Look at the large cotyledons still on the plant.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2013 at 8:37AM
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gerris2

We should see the fully opened flower of two buds of this Japanese morning glory!!




    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 10:27AM
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gerris2

This is a yellow Japanese morning glory, quite a rare color I think. We are constantly looking for the day when a strain will make a dark yellow flower like is seen in other Ipomoea species flowers. This strain shown should make single flower form but this morning it surprised me with a reverse tube.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2013 at 10:36AM
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gerris2

This cute Japanese morning glory opened up its flower for me this morning. I am growing the plants indoors over the winter. It is something to distract me from winter cold and dreariness. It is 19 degrees F / -7 degrees C outside and I laugh at it, seeing this beautiful flower today.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 8:24AM
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gerris2

I grew Dena's 'Bold Miss Piggy' indoors in 2009. The color was so intense I had to wear sunglasses to look at the flower.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 12:51PM
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dena_eft(7)

Joseph, yes, it is a very pink pink. :)

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 7:08PM
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gerris2

Dena, all 3 JMG varieties you sent me recently germinated, even the ones you said were not fresh. I got 100% germination on all seeds I attempted.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 7:45PM
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dena_eft(7)

Joseph, that's wonderful! I'm sure you will enjoy the blooms. :) Arum

    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 7:29AM
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gerris2

This vine has a flower bud at every leaf node, so I'll be greeted with a morning face for at least another couple of weeks. The flower is small, at most 2 inches diameter.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 8:16AM
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dena_eft(7)

I just started a MG myself in the house about a week ago, and to my surprise it has sprouted! Never get tired of that surprised,pleased feeling. :) Arum

    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 6:54PM
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gerris2

I'm excited for you, Dena. Which one are you growing?

This flower shown below has less red pigment than those which appeared earlier on the plant. I like the slight blizzard color pattern near the tube.

    Bookmark   February 22, 2013 at 10:38AM
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dena_eft(7)

I'm not sure, it's going to be a surprise. They were just laying out, and I put them in the dirt. It seems to be one of the variegated ones. Nice bloom. :)

    Bookmark   February 22, 2013 at 12:19PM
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gerris2

Here's one that made a surprise reverse tube for me. I love it!

    Bookmark   February 22, 2013 at 12:25PM
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dena_eft(7)

I'm not sure, it's going to be a surprise. They were just laying out, and I put them in the dirt. It seems to be one of the variegated ones. Nice bloom. :)

    Bookmark   February 22, 2013 at 12:25PM
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gerris2

This plant made a nicely colored flower this morning.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 8:17AM
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dena_eft(7)

Joseph,I'm amazed at how many MG's you have growing in the house. Quite a variety. :)

    Bookmark   February 26, 2013 at 1:42PM
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gerris2

Dena, Thank you. There may seem like a lot of varieties of MGs but one variety has made different color patterns so it may seem like more than there really are growing in my home.

This summer I'll be growing Ipomoea indica, if any of these sprouted seeds survive. It will be great to see the intense blue flowers of this species.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2013 at 12:37PM
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gerris2

Doesn't the color in this flower make you go wild?! haha I have to suppress yelling like Tarzan in the morning to keep from waking up my family at 5 a.m.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2013 at 12:44PM
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gerris2

Here's a flower from today on an Ipomoea nil vine. I'll have a new one to show tomorrow from an Ipomoea purpurea plant.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 12:24PM
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gerris2

I'll see this flower with hopes tomorrow.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 12:41PM
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    Bookmark   March 2, 2013 at 12:18PM
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gerris2

Here is one from this morning.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2013 at 12:51PM
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Desirai(7B)

what is the difference between a regular morning glory and a japanese morning glory?

    Bookmark   March 4, 2013 at 8:53PM
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gerris2

There is good discussion on this subject in this GW thread (see link below). It's a good question you have, and I could not answer it any better than what Ron has posted in his thread.

Here is a link that might be useful: Japanese morning glory discussion

    Bookmark   March 4, 2013 at 10:28PM
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Desirai(7B)

thanks!! I didn't mean to be rude by asking

all your pictures are really pretty by the way.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2013 at 2:23AM
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dena_eft(7)

Joseph, you may be waiting for the big snow, I wonder if it really will snow. Never the less this winter has been made more bearable by your post, Soon we may be able to plant outside. I finally purchased some Heavenly Blues at the dollar store! :) Guess I will be feasting my eyes on them after all. This year is going be be a great year for MG's,s I can just tell. Thanks for all the beautiful pics. Arum

    Bookmark   March 5, 2013 at 6:57AM
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gerris2

Thanks, Dena! That's quite a find at the dollar store. Be sure to post lots of photos!

    Bookmark   March 5, 2013 at 5:32PM
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Desirai(7B)

if you have your MGs indoors, what are they climbing on?

    Bookmark   March 5, 2013 at 5:35PM
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gerris2

I'm growing mine on circular trellis supports. You can find them at gardeners.com or eBay seller azuremore sometimes carries the ones popularly used in Japan. In one pot I'm using a teepee of 3 bamboo canes. This little MG has remained petite and doesn't need a support

Joseph

    Bookmark   March 6, 2013 at 3:17PM
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Desirai(7B)

Well if/when you transplant them outside, how will you get them off their supports?

    Bookmark   March 6, 2013 at 3:20PM
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gerris2

I will not unravel the vines. They're here to stay for their life cycle. I'll sow a new crop of seeds about 2 weeks prior to last frost date for planting outdoors.

Here is an Ipomoea purpurea flower bud that should open up tomorrow!

    Bookmark   March 6, 2013 at 9:47PM
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gerris2

This one opened up this morning. You can see the trace of yellow in the flower and variegated leaf, traits rarely seen in Ipomoea purpurea.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2013 at 6:39PM
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gerris2

Here's one to go wild over.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2013 at 8:53AM
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Desirai(7B)

do you breed your own mg?

    Bookmark   March 8, 2013 at 1:13PM
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dena_eft(7)

The striped and the white are equally beautiful.

    Bookmark   March 8, 2013 at 5:06PM
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gerris2

Thank you, Dena. It is a cutie pie.

Desirai, I have not gotten into breeding MGs, although it does look like fun to cross varieties to get new and spectacular flower forms.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2013 at 10:44AM
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gerris2

Even as the morning glory unfolds there is something to admire.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2013 at 7:44AM
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gerris2

This morning glory has subtle color around the tube, and flower size typical of Ipomoea purpurea.

    Bookmark   March 11, 2013 at 5:00PM
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gerris2

Sorry about the dark exposure. It's hard to get it correct some days.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2013 at 1:12PM
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gerris2

I am happy this strain is generous with flowers.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2013 at 8:54AM
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gerris2

Today brought another nice one.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2013 at 8:02AM
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gerris2

I wonder where all the interest is on GW? It does not seem it is in the Vines forum.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2013 at 7:54AM
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dena_eft(7)

Joseph, my that's silky and pretty. :) When I first came to GW it was about aroids, and then it was about trading, finally it was just about vines, mostly MG's. It doesn't really matter, I still love comming to the vine forum and seeing the beautiful MG's.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2013 at 4:57PM
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gerris2

Thanks, Dena. By the way, I potted on a MG plant from the seeds you sent me in a recent trade (Chocolate Explosion). It's growing in the basement under lights. I hope to see flowers soon.

I have continued this thread in another thread. The link to find out is shown below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Springtime indoors MG fun

    Bookmark   April 2, 2013 at 1:19PM
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mazelady(2)

I'm a fan of morning glories.

So I love your solution of growing them indoors! I'm curious how much sun is needed or if an indoor grow lamp would suffice?

Also, have you ever tried to grow MG topiaries? I was wondering if that was possible and how it would look.

This post was edited by mazelady on Tue, Aug 13, 13 at 12:12

    Bookmark   June 17, 2013 at 11:56AM
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gerris2

It would be fun to try growing a MG on a topiary frame. The leaves may be too large for a good effect, what do you think?

The MGs I primarily grow are Ipomoea nil and Ipomoea purpurea when I grow them indoors.Give them natural light by setting the pot near a window where there is good exposure to the sun. Or, you can use artificial light, putting the light on a timer to give the plant 8-10 hours light. You would have to experiment to see what works best for your location.

Which morning glories are you growing that are getting away from you (re: invasiveness comment)?

    Bookmark   June 22, 2013 at 10:24AM
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dena_eft(7)

Joseph, I'm growing"Noah", as I have a few seeds that reseeded.Just a couple because I tore them out before that could reseed to any extent. My problem this year is a rabbit, or should I say rabbits? They've eaten so many of my nice ones. You know you can't eat wild rabbits in the summer.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 2:59PM
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gerris2

You can hope for a fox to move into your area. We used to have a rabbit plague until a fox family set up residence, now life is good.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 5:55PM
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