The Q&A Archives: Morning Glories in Southwest Florida

Question: I have a Slash pine that is approximatly 25' tall; would morning glories grow up the tree without harming the tree, and would they grow in this type of climate? I can give them the soil type they need, but we have intense sun and rain during the summer, and dry and moderate sun during winter season.

Answer: I have morning glories growing both under trees and in open sunny areas. They tolerate poor soil, and will reseed themselves year after year. (Because they will self-sow, morning glories can become a pest in some regions.) <br><br>The best condition forfull flowering is full sun, but they will tolerate some shade. I wouldn't hesitate to plant them under a tree as long as they get some sun. The growth may not be as lush as in full sun, but I believe they will do well. A small amount of a complete fertilizer will help. <br><br>For best germination notch seed carefully and soak in water overnight. In Florida, early spring is best for planting, February or March. Plant in the place you plan to grow them. Morning glory blooms early summer until fall. <br><br>Frost will kill them back, but, like I said, they reseed themselves. Once planted you usually have them from then on! Mine come back from the roots also. Morning glories make a beautiful fence cover and look great growing up a trellis. <br><br>Morning glories can also be used as a house plant. Plant 5 or 6 seed in a 6" pot. When they come up pull all but the 3 strongest plants. They will need something to climb on.

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