I started a few morning glory plants to grow indoors over the winter. This one made its first true leaf this week.
Looks healthy...would be interesting to see how it does indoors.
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.
Here is a photo of the reverse tube flower I mentioned above.
Here are another couple of MG photos from today.
Lovely blue-purple lightning bolt in one of the flowers.
One from today.
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!
Nice to see the MG's growing during the Winter...
Wow! What lovely and unique flowers you have. Enjoy them :)
Thank you, Ron and littlekirstenjr. We should see flowers in about a month.
This is the first flower on the plant whose image I originally posted above. It opened today.
Joseph, that dark MG is really nice. You have a way with growing MG's :) Arum
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!
One more pic.
Not sure why, but on my iphone, the pics are correctly oriented, but not on my laptop.. anyway just turn your head slightly :)
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?
I like the variegated leaves on this unnamed Ipomoea nil strain.
A yellow-leaf Ipomoea purpurea made a curiously shaped leaf, resembles a cat or maybe an owl.
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.
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.
The leaves of morning glory (asagao) bring me inner peace.
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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.
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Finally we had a ice storm yesterday with school cancelled, etc., but inside my MG had six big blooms! Enjoy.
That is one beautiful display of flowers!! Wow!!
I never thought you could get that big a bunch of flowers while growing them inside. Amazing, and gorgeous! :) Arum
There should be 3 flowers on this small plant tomorrow, if all goes well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Leaves from another plant.
Last one for today. This plant is a non-vine maker, some call it a dwarf MG. It too is loaded with flower buds.
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 ? :)
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.
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Another view of its petite flower.
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.
Another flower from today.
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? :)
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.
First flower of this strain of Japanese MG that has no variety name.
Here's another purple flower from today.
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?
I did not grow very many, around 8 Ipomoea nil and 2 Ipomoea purpurea, and a couple other Ipomoea species.
You can grow a few indoors when the plants stay compact.
Here is an interesting Ipomoea purpurea strain.
The red flower adds a nice touch to the variegated foliage.
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. :)
Thanks for your comment on the quality of my photo descriptions, Dena.
Wow, that is really different. i would say special. Name? Maybe you have a new strain? :)
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.
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?
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.
There should be flowers soon on this yellow-leaf strain of Japanese Ipomoea nil.
One from my office windowsill.
My, you grow such a variety. :) Really all so nice.
Here's one from today.
Wow, I like that. The pink one looks picture perfect also. :)
Thanks, Dena. Here is one from today.
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...
Joseph, you're welcome.
Greenman, maybe you should thank that bird. :)
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?!
This plant is so nice, color is as if painted on the margin.
Lastly, the pinkish reddish variegated dwarf morning glory.
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. :)
Thank you, Dena, for your continued comments.
Have a few more flowers, free of charge. Hahaha
Here's another one.
Love the leaves
Gotta love this color pattern.
Now I would like to see a large lush vine of those. :)
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, thanks for making one of our nastiest winters a colorful one! :) Arum
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.
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...