Lower Leaves Die on Morning Glory - Knowledgebase Question

Longmont, CO
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Question by connsj
April 16, 1998
Every year I plant morning glories in my east-facing brick planter. After they get about 6 feet tall up the trellis, the lower leaves begin yellowing and dying, so that I end up with lots of healthy leaves and blossoms at the top, and almost bare stems at the bottom. What is wrong?

Answer from NGA
April 16, 1998
I had that same problem with my morning glories last year. Although water stress (or other stresses) can cause lower leaves to yellow, it may just be the natural progression of the growth of the vine. The plant sends its energy to young, vigorous growth and flowers. This year, I am going to plant some other, bushy, plants in front of the morning glories, to hide the yellowing lower leaves. Just be sure your plants are getting adequate nutrients and water--as long as the new growth looks healthy and vigorous, I don't think there is anything else you can do--but hide the problem!

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