Growing Morning Glories - Knowledgebase Question

S.Portland, ME
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Question by Bellejes
March 8, 1998
Please help me in growing morning glories at the ocean. I have tried for 5 yrs. with little or no results.

Answer from NGA
March 8, 1998
Since you didn't describe just what your troubles are, I'll give you some general information. Before I do, though, are other things growing well, and it's just the morning glories giving you trouble? Or is everything struggling? If everything is struggling, you may want to have a soil test done, to be sure the pH, nutrient levels, etc. aren't way off.

Morning glories are usually easy to grow from seed. To speed germination, soak morning glory seeds in warm water for 24 hours prior to planting. Sow outdoors after all danger of frost is past, or sow indoors 4-6 weeks before transplanting outdoors. Germination takes 5-7 days. (You may be able to find prepotted plants at a nursery.)

Plant in full sun. Are you in a very windy spot? This could be a problem for a climber like morning glories--getting whipped about against their trellis. I planted some in straight compost last year, and they did great. The ones I planted in sandy soil did try to add some organic matterto the planting hole, and feed regularly with a balanced fertilizer.

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