Texas Gardening forum: First Moon Flower bloom of the year

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Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
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chris1948
Mar 17, 2016 1:48 PM CST
Finally, my Moon Flower has been trying to bloom since January but the blooms were always puny and would partially open then fall over even though it was warm.

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Chris
Name: Jolana
Mountain City, Tx (Zone 8b)
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froggardener
Mar 17, 2016 4:00 PM CST
Beautiful, love those but haven't grown them in years but my son has seeds I should get, lol
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Helen Mirren
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
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chris1948
Mar 17, 2016 4:23 PM CST
Thanks Jolana, I've got tons of seeds from last years.
Chris
Name: Jolana
Mountain City, Tx (Zone 8b)
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froggardener
Mar 17, 2016 8:19 PM CST
Aren't the hummingbird moths that pollinate them amazing? Of course the cats are vicious if you are growing one of their host plants, lol
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Helen Mirren
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
Dog Lover Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 1
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chris1948
Mar 18, 2016 7:47 AM CST
Hmm, I've never actually seen one of those Jolana. I had to look it up.
Chris
Name: Sondra
NE Houston, Texas (Zone 9a)
Cat Lover Region: Texas
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SALL20
Mar 18, 2016 8:59 AM CST
In a previous house I had a swing on the back deck with a trellis behind and over it. I grew moon flower on the trellis. I was always fascinated with those moths. It was always kind of dark when they came, so for the longest time, I thought they were hummingbirds.
Name: Lynne
Houston, TX. Zone 9b (Zone 9b)
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LynneHTx
Mar 18, 2016 7:13 PM CST
@chris1948 How tall does your vine get? I just had some seeds germinate so Im a far way away from having blooms , but I'm looking forward to them.
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Name: Jolana
Mountain City, Tx (Zone 8b)
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froggardener
Mar 18, 2016 9:30 PM CST
@Chris1948, you will see them now if you are out by your moonflowers after dark
Gardening is learning, learning, learning. That's the fun of them.
You're always learning !
Helen Mirren
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
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chris1948
Mar 19, 2016 8:04 AM CST
Thanks Jolana, are they there all during the blooming time? Mine will bloom from now until probably November.
Chris
Name: Jolana
Mountain City, Tx (Zone 8b)
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froggardener
Mar 19, 2016 9:08 AM CST
Yes, every night and early mornings, as soon as they find them.
Gardening is learning, learning, learning. That's the fun of them.
You're always learning !
Helen Mirren
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
Dog Lover Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 1
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chris1948
Mar 19, 2016 11:05 AM CST
Fantastic, I'll get out and look for them as soon as it warms up again.
Chris
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Texas Clematis Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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canadanna
Mar 20, 2016 7:10 AM CST
The mild winter has lots of plants blooming early but wow...trying to bloom since January!. Is this the first year you have it?
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
Dog Lover Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 1
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chris1948
Mar 20, 2016 7:19 AM CST
Hi Anna, no, I've had one in the same spot for many years. I cut it down in Oct but there were new ones coming up already from seedpods that had burst before I had the chance to collect them or put my mesh bags around them.
Chris
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Texas Clematis Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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canadanna
Mar 20, 2016 7:27 AM CST
That's a happy plant!
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
Dog Lover Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 1
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chris1948
Mar 20, 2016 7:53 AM CST
Here's how the one looked last June
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Chris
Name: Anna
North Texas (Zone 8a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: Texas Clematis Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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canadanna
Mar 20, 2016 8:10 AM CST
Very nice! I think some of the earlier comments were referring to the vine, which I have never grown
Name: Jolana
Mountain City, Tx (Zone 8b)
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Bee Lover The WITWIT Badge Region: Texas Garden Art Irises
Daylilies Butterflies Dragonflies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Native Plants and Wildflowers Hibiscus
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froggardener
Mar 20, 2016 9:32 AM CST
Yes, I thought you meant vine but surprised you haven't seen the moths if you have had a datura for many years
Very pretty.
Gardening is learning, learning, learning. That's the fun of them.
You're always learning !
Helen Mirren
Name: Chris Pollock
Copperas Cove, Tx (Zone 8a)
Greenhouse Region: Texas Orchids Adeniums Cactus and Succulents Hibiscus
Dog Lover Seed Starter Garden Ideas: Level 1
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chris1948
Mar 20, 2016 10:12 AM CST
I guess I've just never looked Jolana. Now that you've told me about them I'll take a couple of my solar flood lights and point towards it and just sit quietly and see if I can see them.
Chris

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