The Q&A Archives: Moonflowers

Question: I planted moonflowers this spring, the leaves grew beautifully, but the white flowers did not. I planted the seeds in a container with the leaves facing east, and twine traveled up to my roof so the vine could climb. What do I need to do different for next year?

Answer: It sounds like you are doing all you can, with the possible exception of providing more sunshine ( a thought for next year). These vines are tropicals and seem to take a long time to come into bloom in our northern clime. Once they start, though, they keep on going into the fall. Full sun, keep them well watered to avoid stress, maybe try some "blossom booster" type fertilizer (any fertilizer with a high middle number, following the label instructions). Note too that they open at night and close up in the morning. The wait is worth it!

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