Morning Glory Growing in Winter 2013-14

gerris2December 9, 2013

I started a few morning glory plants to grow indoors over the winter. This one made its first true leaf this week.

- Joseph

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dbarron(z7_Arkansas)

Looks healthy...would be interesting to see how it does indoors.

    Bookmark   December 10, 2013 at 12:26PM
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gerris2

Thanks, dbarron, I'll certainly provide updates. Here's another morning glory I've been growing in my office since late summer. I really enjoy the curled edge leaves it makes. On occasion the plant makes a reverse tube flower but for the most part it makes small funnel-form flowers that are nearly all white with blue-purple flecks. Also infrequently, as can be seen in this photo, it makes a flower with a blue-purple sector.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2013 at 12:43PM
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gerris2

Here is a photo of the reverse tube flower I mentioned above.

    Bookmark   December 11, 2013 at 12:50PM
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gerris2

Here are another couple of MG photos from today.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2013 at 1:48PM
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gerris2

Lovely blue-purple lightning bolt in one of the flowers.

    Bookmark   December 12, 2013 at 1:55PM
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One from today.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2013 at 4:46PM
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gerris2

I installed this rare strain of Ipomoea purpurea in its final growing pot yesterday. I use supplemental light from an ordinary fluorescent bulb set on a timer to provide 8 hours of light. It already has flower buds!

    Bookmark   December 26, 2013 at 1:21PM
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ron_convolvulaceae

Nice to see the MG's growing during the Winter...

    Bookmark   January 5, 2014 at 1:30PM
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littlekirstenjr(8)

Wow! What lovely and unique flowers you have. Enjoy them :)

    Bookmark   January 5, 2014 at 2:02PM
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gerris2

Thank you, Ron and littlekirstenjr. We should see flowers in about a month.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2014 at 6:56AM
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gerris2

This is the first flower on the plant whose image I originally posted above. It opened today.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2014 at 3:25PM
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dena_eft(7)

Joseph, that dark MG is really nice. You have a way with growing MG's :) Arum

    Bookmark   January 22, 2014 at 6:44AM
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littlekirstenjr(8)

My indoor morning glory decided to bloom today and I couldn't be more proud of it. Took a little more than two months from seeds to flower. Take a look!

    Bookmark   January 22, 2014 at 12:17PM
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littlekirstenjr(8)

One more pic.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2014 at 12:21PM
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littlekirstenjr(8)

Not sure why, but on my iphone, the pics are correctly oriented, but not on my laptop.. anyway just turn your head slightly :)

    Bookmark   January 22, 2014 at 2:19PM
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gerris2

Thank you, Dena, you made my day.

Littlekirstenjr, you have such a beautiful mg houseplant! That awesome blue flower and leaf color combo is very attractive. What's the cultivar name, or is it a no-ID one?

    Bookmark   January 22, 2014 at 6:39PM
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gerris2

I like the variegated leaves on this unnamed Ipomoea nil strain.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2014 at 6:48PM
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gerris2

A yellow-leaf Ipomoea purpurea made a curiously shaped leaf, resembles a cat or maybe an owl.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2014 at 7:01PM
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littlekirstenjr(8)

Gerris2,

Thanks so much for the compliment. There's something special about growing such a beautiful flowering plant in the middle of winter. The flowers were much larger than I had been expecting!

The seeds were ipomoea tricolor 'heavenly blue.' I'm dying to know how you got those really unique white flowers with purple flecks.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2014 at 1:09AM
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gerris2

I got the white with blue flecks asagao in a GW trade. I got lucky it seems. :-)

The Heavenly Blue is lovely, my favorite shade of blue. Feel free to post its photos often!

Here is a yellow-leaf strain of Ipomoea nil I want to make into a bonsai-like MG.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2014 at 5:49PM
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gerris2

The leaves of morning glory (asagao) bring me inner peace.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2014 at 6:06PM
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ron_convolvulaceae

Joseph - Nice plant views...

littlekirstenjr - Would you consider going into your member preferences page and enable members to send you an e-mail or alternately could you send me an e-mail via my homepage e-mail option located on my homepage here:
http://www.gardenweb.com/auth/nph-logincheck.cgi?action=public_profile&user=/ron_convolvulaceae

I would like to communicate something to you via private message

Thanks (!)

    Bookmark   January 25, 2014 at 10:58AM
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littlekirstenjr(8)

Gerris2,
Those leaves are so interesting... I am curious what you mean by making your MG into bonsai-like. Can't wait to see what it looks like.

Ron,
I enabled messages so feel free to send an email.

Finally we had a ice storm yesterday with school cancelled, etc., but inside my MG had six big blooms! Enjoy.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2014 at 11:41AM
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gerris2

That is one beautiful display of flowers!! Wow!!

    Bookmark   January 28, 2014 at 9:31PM
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dena_eft(7)

I never thought you could get that big a bunch of flowers while growing them inside. Amazing, and gorgeous! :) Arum

    Bookmark   January 29, 2014 at 7:46PM
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gerris2

There should be 3 flowers on this small plant tomorrow, if all goes well.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2014 at 11:06AM
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dena_eft(7)

Joseph, it seems like anyone who can get more than one bloom is a master. :) I'm not there yet. I just planted a Moon-vine seed in my kitchen window, ( which gets a lot of sun), and I'm hoping it will sprout. It was soaked first.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2014 at 12:50PM
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littlekirstenjr(8)

I planted some moon vines inside and they've been FAR more difficult to grow than morning glory seeds. In fact, they seem to have halted their growth for the past few weeks after sprouting! Picky.

Hey Gerris2,

Best of luck with the blooms! Post pics of the flowers when you can. Also the leaves look variegated... is that correct? Or just my mind playing tricks.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2014 at 2:05PM
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gerris2

Thank you, Dena, what a nice thing to say. I think when you grow enough of these plants, you know what things to do to keep them happy.

Look, here's another one that will make a flower tomorrow! I will have to get up early to get some photographs.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2014 at 2:13PM
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gerris2

Littlekirstenjr, they are variegated leaves, indeed. I grew some of them just to see their leaves.

Wow, both of you are doing moonflowers. I wish you well with them, I could not ever grow them very well, so I look forward to learning your secrets.

Here are some plants with variegated leaves from this winter.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2014 at 2:39PM
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gerris2

Leaves from another plant.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2014 at 2:46PM
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gerris2

Last one for today. This plant is a non-vine maker, some call it a dwarf MG. It too is loaded with flower buds.

    Bookmark   February 3, 2014 at 2:55PM
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dena_eft(7)

littlekirstenjr, you are so right. They are even difficult to start outside sometimes. I may still start a MG.
Joseph, I have several dwarfs put away with my stock.. They are good for pots outside don't you think ? :)

    Bookmark   February 3, 2014 at 4:29PM
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gerris2

Dena, the dwarf plants are perfect candidates for container culture. I look forward to seeing your dwarf plants.

Here are the first flowers of one of my Ipomoea nil Japanese morning glory plants. They opened just today.

This post was edited by gerris2 on Wed, Feb 5, 14 at 20:21

    Bookmark   February 4, 2014 at 8:26AM
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Another view of its petite flower.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2014 at 8:31AM
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The parent flower was bright red split petal. While this offspring is not like parent, it is still nice with deep purple and slight margin.

    Bookmark   February 4, 2014 at 8:40AM
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Another flower from today.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2014 at 11:34AM
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dena_eft(7)

Baltimore is rainy, icy, and snowy, but I can always go here to see beautiful MG's. Joseph, isn't that pink one with the white edge called Nil cornel, or something like that? :)

    Bookmark   February 5, 2014 at 6:54PM
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gerris2

Thanks, Dena! I suppose the color might be a match for Cornell, however, I'm not sure about the other traits. The one I am growing has no variety name that I am aware of.

Look at the flower buds on this JMG (also without a variety name)! If you look closely you can see some color on a flower that will soon open up.

Here is a series of flower photos of a JMG I have growing in my office on the windowsill. I like the bright white petals with the blue flecks. I showed photos of it earlier in this thread with purple sectors and even a reverse tube. It keeps you guessing what will appear from day to day.

    Bookmark   February 5, 2014 at 8:18PM
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First flower of this strain of Japanese MG that has no variety name.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2014 at 2:17PM
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Here's another purple flower from today.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2014 at 2:18PM
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littlekirstenjr(8)

What gorgeous flowers! I love the small margin they all seem to have. I love the different variations you've got going. How many MGs total do you have growing?

    Bookmark   February 8, 2014 at 2:21PM
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gerris2

I did not grow very many, around 8 Ipomoea nil and 2 Ipomoea purpurea, and a couple other Ipomoea species.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2014 at 8:13PM
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gerris2

You can grow a few indoors when the plants stay compact.

    Bookmark   February 8, 2014 at 8:27PM
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Here is an interesting Ipomoea purpurea strain.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2014 at 8:43AM
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The red flower adds a nice touch to the variegated foliage.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2014 at 8:49AM
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One from today.

    Bookmark   February 14, 2014 at 9:14AM
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dena_eft(7)

That is about the prettiest bunch of variegated leaves I've seen, but If that MG is red Joseph, I think my eyes need a check up. :)

    Bookmark   February 14, 2014 at 3:15PM
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gerris2

    Bookmark   February 15, 2014 at 4:46PM
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gerris2

Thanks for your comment on the quality of my photo descriptions, Dena.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2014 at 4:48PM
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dena_eft(7)

Wow, that is really different. i would say special. Name? Maybe you have a new strain? :)

    Bookmark   February 15, 2014 at 8:07PM
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gerris2

It has no variety name. I actually photographed it in the early afternoon, and the color had changed from its normal blue color to pink. I missed seeing it earlier in the day yesterday. Here is today's flower.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 8:43PM
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dena_eft(7)

My, that is unusual. I don't think i've seen anything quite like it. Where did you get it? I mean, don't you think it's unusual the way it's so white, and then the color around the edges? Have you seen many like this?

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 6:22AM
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gerris2

It resembles the coloration of Blue Silk a little. I agree, it is an unusual one which I hope makes some seeds so I can grow it again to propagate it.

Some more recent flowers.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 9:39AM
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gerris2

There should be flowers soon on this yellow-leaf strain of Japanese Ipomoea nil.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 9:44AM
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gerris2

One from my office windowsill.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 9:49AM
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dena_eft(7)

My, you grow such a variety. :) Really all so nice.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 5:24PM
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gerris2

Thanks, Dena!

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 9:25PM
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    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 9:26PM
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Here's one from today.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2014 at 12:35PM
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dena_eft(7)

Wow, I like that. The pink one looks picture perfect also. :)

    Bookmark   February 23, 2014 at 1:56PM
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gerris2

Thanks, Dena. Here is one from today.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2014 at 8:34AM
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greenman62

i have 6-7 of these seedlings
The problem is, they came from a vine i had growing last year, and i cant ID it.
I never planted MG seeds....

I DID plant Hawaiian Baby Woodrose, but the seeds i have now, dont even look like the seeds i planted 2 years ago to get the original vine ????

OR... Maybe a bird dropped some seed in my pot ?

Here is the original plant...

    Bookmark   February 26, 2014 at 4:37PM
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dena_eft(7)

Joseph, you're welcome.

Greenman, maybe you should thank that bird. :)

    Bookmark   February 27, 2014 at 3:12PM
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gerris2

I don't know what it is, greenman. Why not start your own thread to get more focused discussion?

Look at this one that opened today?!

    Bookmark   February 27, 2014 at 5:52PM
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gerris2

This plant is so nice, color is as if painted on the margin.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2014 at 6:07PM
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Lastly, the pinkish reddish variegated dwarf morning glory.

    Bookmark   February 27, 2014 at 6:17PM
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dena_eft(7)

Joseph you ought to plant those out side and get a lot of seeds. They are definitely out of the ordinary, and should be very popular with MG lovers. :)

    Bookmark   February 28, 2014 at 6:48AM
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gerris2

Thank you, Dena, for your continued comments.

Have a few more flowers, free of charge. Hahaha

    Bookmark   March 3, 2014 at 10:04AM
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Here's another one.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2014 at 1:47PM
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Love the leaves

    Bookmark   March 3, 2014 at 1:53PM
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Here's another one.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2014 at 2:14PM
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gerris2

Gotta love this color pattern.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2014 at 2:19PM
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dena_eft(7)

Now I would like to see a large lush vine of those. :)

    Bookmark   March 3, 2014 at 7:42PM
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gerris2

Thanks everyone who commented and contributed photos here. Since Spring begins in a few days, this will be my last post in this thread. Try growing morning glory indoors next year. You'll see how much fun it is. I wish you a great growing season to come.

Joseph

    Bookmark   March 17, 2014 at 11:16PM
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dena_eft(7)

Joseph, thanks for making one of our nastiest winters a colorful one! :) Arum

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 9:43AM
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DavidLMO(5 B)

Good show!

Quite interesting. I have been growing plants from seed for over 30 years and never thought of growing morning glories indoors. Presumably these are all dwarf varieties. I have a couple of vines outdoors that are nearly 30 feet now. Heh wife would not appreciate me bringing it in for winter.

Most people are not aware that MG are actually perennials.

For those interested in Moon flowers (ipomea type) they are a pain to grow to bloom. They require a verrrrrrrry long season. For me to see a bloom in Zone 5b, I need to start them indoors in February or March at the latest.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2014 at 10:09PM
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ron_convolvulaceae

David -There are both annual and perennial Morning Glory species.

Ipomoea purpurea is a genetic annual.

Ipomoea pandurata is a genetic perennial.

The annuals are genetically programmed to die after flowering and although they can sometimes be induced to grow for more than 1 season, they will never develop perennial type roots and at best will live for about 2 years, no matter what part of the planet they are grown in , including equatorial regions.

The perennial Morning Glory species may grow for many years in climates that do not destroy the roots or if over-wintered indoors or in a greenhouse...

regards,

Ron

    Bookmark   September 18, 2014 at 4:25AM
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