The Q&A Archives: Direct Seeding Moonflowers

Question: When is the best time to plant Moonflower seeds directy into soil? I live on the South Shore on Long Island. How long, after planting seeds into soil does it take for flowers to appear?

Answer: Moonflowers require a very warm soil for germination, so you will need to wait at least a week or two after the last frost so the soil can warm up. (It is a good idea to nick the seeds and soak them in tepid water overnight just before planting them.) You will probably wait quite a long time for flowers, possibly until mid summer because this vine really prefers hot weather and plenty of sun; it is related to morning glories and will begin to bloom about the same time.

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