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Name: Windy Gisch
Fort Worth, Tx. (Zone 9a)
breezy02
May 18, 2015 12:42 PM CST
I ordered maypop seeds online (I think amazon) from a couple of suppliers a couple of years ago. The vines are growing fine but I'm only getting small white flowers blooming that look like a small morning glory. Is this normal for the beginning of this plant? I read that it takes a couple of years for it to start developing the flower but I'm just curious. It's weird that I ordered for a couple of suppliers and they are all doing the same.
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purpleinopp
May 18, 2015 12:55 PM CST
Sounds like something else may have taken up residence there. Are you able to share a pic of flower & leaf?
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
May 18, 2015 7:05 PM CST
Welcome to ATP, Windy.

I'm afraid I agree with Tiffany, we do need to see some pictures to be sure what you have growing, but it doesn't sound like Maypop. The flowers should look like passionflowers, no matter how young the vine is.
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Name: Windy Gisch
Fort Worth, Tx. (Zone 9a)
breezy02
May 18, 2015 7:27 PM CST
Here are some pictures of my plants. The first one has a flower that's closing for the day. Thank you for your posts already.
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Name: Greene
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greene
May 18, 2015 8:11 PM CST
Think this may be some kind of Morning Glory.In the first photo, looking at the very bottom right of the photo, does anyone see the distinctive shape of a seedling of a Morning Glory?
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
May 18, 2015 9:06 PM CST
Heart shaped leaves, and little trumpet flowers that close at night, I'm saying Morning Glory too.

So sorry, Windy. Not Maypop. Here's a link to what it will look like when you do get the right seeds. Scroll down the page to see purple flowers, lobed leaves and fruit (although the fruit is yellow when it's ripe).

Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)
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Name: Windy Gisch
Fort Worth, Tx. (Zone 9a)
breezy02
May 18, 2015 10:24 PM CST
Thank you so much. I've been confused about them for about 2 years now. So here's another question, how do I get rid of these. They are overtaking everything. I let them grow thinking they were maypop.
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
May 19, 2015 7:41 AM CST
Windy, I would carefully weed out the Morning Glory in the area where you planted your Maypop seeds on the off chance that there might actually be a Maypop vine struggling along under the Morning Glory. MG twines around other plants and virtually smothers them, but Maypop is pretty vigorous. Watch for thicker straight (not twisting) stems and darker green, lobed leaves.

After that, my current favorite blanket weeding method is clear plastic. (only if there's nothing else under the MG's that you don't want to kill) Cover for a few days with painter's drop sheets and let the sun do the work. You will still have to clear them out but it's easier once they're dead.

BTw, do you remember what the seeds looked like that you thought were Maypop? Morning Glory seeds are about 1/4in. long, narrow, sort of triangular with one pointed end, and the Maypop seeds would have been flattish and rounded.
Elaine

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Name: Windy Gisch
Fort Worth, Tx. (Zone 9a)
breezy02
May 19, 2015 8:48 AM CST
I honestly don't remember. I thought they were very small and round. I don't know if I was cheered and got the wrong seeds or somehow they migrated into my yard from somewhere else.

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