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Name: Alyssa Blue
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AlyssaBlue
Apr 5, 2016 9:18 AM CST
This is the first year I've grown Moonflower from seed. Just thought I'd share a couple photos, because the way they germinated was surprising! They are growing in two stages at the moment.

The seed's shell stays on, for quite a while, until the leaves will fully open (I originally wondered if I had planted the seeds in the wrong direction):

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The bottom leaves on the left and the right have lots of small holes from the original shell, while the new leaves are smooth. This plant is about a month old and will be the one staying inside:

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Name: Jolana
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froggardener
Apr 5, 2016 4:04 PM CST
I've had them do that before, I'm still amazed how plants are grown, Lovey dubby
Your vine looks very healthy
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Name: Alyssa Blue
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AlyssaBlue
Apr 7, 2016 6:23 AM CST
Thanks, Jolana. I have 12 moonflower and 39 morning glories growing from seed. Oddly enough, I left a few that didn't germinate with the others, and they are just slowly coming up. It's going to be fun planting all of them this year!

Yes, plants are amazing!
Name: Jolana
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froggardener
Apr 7, 2016 8:51 AM CST
This will be the second year without them but we are trying to get ready to move next spring and the place I want to plant them is full of ivy that has been growing (taking over) for decades, lol
I can't wait to see pix of yours
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Name: Joseph
Delaware USA (Zone 7a)

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Gerris2
Apr 21, 2016 7:11 PM CST
Looking great!
Name: woofie
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woofie
Apr 22, 2016 12:37 PM CST
Hmmm, wonder if it's too late to start a couple of moonflowers here...
I am SO behind this year! But I do have three varieties of I. nils going. Smiling
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Name: Joseph
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Gerris2
Apr 22, 2016 1:49 PM CST
I say go for it!
Name: woofie
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woofie
Apr 22, 2016 2:32 PM CST
Heh, we'll see just how long those seeds keep, then. I'm rather surprised, tho, with the Star of India seeds I started. They're rather old; I know I've had them since well before Cubits started, let alone ATP (well, ok, NGA). 100% germination.
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Name: Jane
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PAgirl63
Apr 22, 2016 2:54 PM CST
I started Moonflowers, Heavenly Blue MG, and BE Susan vine seeds (4/3) inside for the first time this year. Photo was taken 4/14. They are all doing just fine!
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Apr 22, 2016 4:45 PM CST
I just put a few Moonflower seeds in to soak. I'm going to use the paper towel method with them, so I'll know within a few days if the seeds are still good.
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Name: Jolana
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froggardener
Apr 22, 2016 8:04 PM CST
Yea, everyone !! I started some but they were eaten by snails as well the first bud on my Anastasia Passiflora

I can't wait to see all of your blooms!!
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Name: Alyssa Blue
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AlyssaBlue
Apr 22, 2016 9:57 PM CST
Jane, your seedlings look great! And I don't think it's too late to start. They grow pretty fast.
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AlyssaBlue
Apr 23, 2016 9:08 AM CST
Yesterday, I checked on the little guys, and thought, I'll water today and put these last two in a pot with a moonflower and keep them inside as long as I can. They were still on the bamboo skewers yesterday. Not this morning! Heavenly Blue is on the left and Grandpa Ott. I like how Ott twirls up the skewer and the blue is like "I want your skewer too..."

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Name: woofie
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woofie
Apr 23, 2016 2:22 PM CST
Wow, the combination of colors would be lovely!
I need to try to get a Cardinal Climber started to plant in with the dark blue I. nil I put in a pot yesterday. The different types of foliage look really nice together. Had that happen by accident a few years ago and I've been wanting to do it deliberately ever since. Smiling
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Apr 23, 2016 2:39 PM CST
Mind are doing great! I really need to plant them and give them something to climb on. I've already had to unwind them from their neighbors twice! They were kind of comatose until the nights got into the 60's and they also got fed last week .. that certainly woke them up!

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Name: Alyssa Blue
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Apr 23, 2016 6:34 PM CST
Jealous. I would love 60's at night. Tonight its supposed to be a low of 30. Angry
Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Apr 24, 2016 9:05 AM CST
Yipee! Lookee what I got! Guess those seeds keep pretty well, after all. Smiling
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Name: Joseph
Delaware USA (Zone 7a)

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Gerris2
Apr 24, 2016 9:22 AM CST
When is the last frost date in Zone 5?

Great results, woof
Name: Anne
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Apr 24, 2016 9:38 AM CST
WTG Woof! I've found Ipomoea seeds can last over a decade.
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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Apr 24, 2016 9:55 AM CST
Last frost date? Here, with the weather we've been having? Lord only knows. When we first moved here 16 years ago, I didn't dare set anything outside before the first week of June. Last year and the year before, I put plants out in mid-May. Actually the USDA changed our zone to 6a a couple of years ago. Maybe they're right after all. Shrug! All I know for sure is that the wasps have gotten an early start this year, forcing me and my seedlings out of the greenhouse about a week ago. That's a full month earlier than usual (if you have wasps in your area, never, but NEVER get a wood frame greenhouse!)
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