How to grow Ipomoea (Morning Glory)

Ipomoea is a very tender annual climbing plant which needs a sheltered warm spot. It looks lovely with large showy, velvet like flowers. Ipomoea (common name Morning Glory) is an impressive climbing plant.  However as Morning glory plants are rarely offered for sale as a bedding plant this means to grow Ipomoea generally, it is necessary to germinate from seed. 

Ipomoea hail from warm parts of the world which makes them very sensitive to the cold. If after germination the young plants get so much as a chill breeze, the leaves will wither and the plants suffer. It is true to say during poor summers, or in more exposed gardens, it may be a struggle to establish Ipomoea.

In most garden centres if any plants are on sale it is usually the blue variety, although many seed companies sell a much wider range. As shown in the images Ipomoea are just as lovely in pink.

  Morning glory look spectacular twinning through other plants in a mixed border. Ipomoea are not an easy plant to grow, but every year I try, with mixed results depending on the season. In a good year Morning Glory make a super annual climbing plant with trumpets of flowers. 

The plants do need to be established to bloom, which means it is a good idea to germinate early to give them a longer growing period, but not too early or the cold will be a problem.  Unless you are in sheltered spot don't plant out until June when it is warmer. If you get caught out cover with a fleece to protect from cold.

 Morning Glory are vigorous and grow well, but tend to flower best in warmer summers, and in the warmer more sheltered parts of the UK. In a good year when they flower well, Ipomoea are a captivating climber which is why I try to grow them each year in the hope of a good summer. Impossible to resist. 

Ipomoea,  when grown in this country, will not survive a winter and are treated as annuals which means the grow and flower all in one season.

Morning Glory, although lovely is a delicate annual climbing plant, and may not suit all gardens a more robust choice of annuals would be Sweet Peas, and for perennial climbing plants take a look at Ideas for other climbing plants

How to Grow Ipomoea Morning Glory from Seed

Morning glory germinates and grows easily from seed as long as the plants are kept warm. Ipomoea is frost tender and not hardy (explanation of hardy) and originates from the warm countries in the world.  Ipomoea is classified at H1 which means under glass all year and +15C which means it really must be kept warm.

Ensuring a warm environment, either indoors or in a warm conservatory sow later in the year around April and keep cosseted which means not placing the plants outside until summer is in full swing and warm. To germinate simple put the seeds in a small seed tray/container cover lightly with compost, firm down gently and mist. Ipomoea are best germinate in a propagator, or covered and once germinated keep warm and do not allow to dry out.  Best germination times are April, and they must then be keep warm. An unheated greenhouse will not be warm enough , they need to be nurtured inside on a window sill or a warm conservatory. If you have nowhere warm to keep the plants, delay germination until later in the spring, late April or early May 

Growing Morning Glory Key Points

Red Wheelbarrow means difficult to grow

Level of difficulty : Red Wheelbarrow

Classification: Annual Climber

                     Conditions Required: Sheltered warm sunny                         Special requirements: Very frost tender.