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Moonflower first bloom yesterday

Posted by purpleinopp 8b AL (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 16, 12 at 9:42

Finally, about 5 months after starting seeds, a giant, fragrant flower opened yesterday. Been so long since I had one of these vines, I don't remember if this is an average time for blooms to commence or if others have been enjoying flowers for a while already.

Also can't remember if this will produce true seeds or not?


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RE: Moonflower first bloom yesterday

I'm in NW Florida, not far from you. I got my first bloom, started in Feb., just a couple of weeks ago.


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RE: Moonflower first bloom yesterday

Oh that's good to hear, thanks! You wouldn't believe what I've been through trying to grow these vines... neighbor "weeding" them for me 2 years ago, dog stepping on them last year, forgot to water the first tray of seedlings this year, crazy times!


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RE: Moonflower first bloom yesterday

Same here, they bloom late even when I start them in the winter. At least you have a longer growing season. We usually get a hard frost in Oct. I've wintered a potted Ipomoea Alba over in the greenhouse and did get very early blooms the following year. As a matter of fact it pretty much just bloomed thru the winter but it grows like mad and isn't a well behaved greenhouse plant. It's not bad if you keep it cut back over the winter. I had to wait a bit but still got flowers by late spring.


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RE: Moonflower first bloom yesterday

This evening.


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RE: Moonflower first bloom yesterday

Since I start my seeds out-of-doors, here in zone 7, blooms usually start coming in late August, moonflower included.
You can actually see them slowly open. Seems they would be popular with night flying moths.


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Can anyone tell me if this is a moonflower bud or morning glory bud?


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RE: Moonflower first bloom yesterday

nopets - The sepals are NOT that of Ipomoea alba or Ipomoea muricata, nor Ipomoea macrorhiza but the calyx and unopened flower look like a light colored Ipomoea purpurea....

You might want to start a separate thread for this plant or any others that you may have that require an ID.

regards,

Ron


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