All Things Gardening forum: On Moonflowers

Views: 433, Replies: 5 » Jump to the end
Name: David Laderoute
Zone 5B/6 - NW MO (Zone 5b)
Ignoring Zones altogether
Seed Starter Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Level 1
Image
DavidLMO
Oct 30, 2016 1:59 PM CST
In my zone 5B, Moonflowers (Ipomoea alba) die at the end of the season. For those in more Southern zones ( Zone 10 and >), does Moonflower die back and then return next season?

I recently discovered that like 4 O'clocks, the root of a Moonflower can be dug up, stored and replanted next season. I now regularly do this with 4 O' Clocks. I never tried it with Moonflower, but plan to do so this year since I have a couple of very well established plants that have been blooming for the past month or so. Usually, I am lucky to get one flower when frost first strikes.

I plant to try to store one root and cut back hard and pot up another. Just what I need - more stuff in the garage. Hilarious!
Seeking Feng Shui with my plants since 1976
Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
Charter ATP Member Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Mid-Atlantic Composter Region: Maryland Birds
Cat Lover Dog Lover Region: United States of America
Image
sallyg
Oct 31, 2016 1:29 AM CST
haha I sympathize. And will dig and store my moonflowers roots, in my box of crinums, amaryllis, caladiums..Thanks for the suggestion! course, I can't resist aslo collecting seed- AND I had decided not to grow moonflowers next year due to lack of a good place, they get so big.
..come into the peace of wild things..-Wendell Berry
Life is a buffet (anon)
Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1
Image
Cinta
Oct 31, 2016 12:57 PM CST
every few years I forget how long it takes moonflowers to bloom and when I do not get to see very many flowers before frost it becomes a waste.

I cut one back one year a brought the pot inside for the winter. It did survive but it still did not bloom until Sept so I just did not see a difference.
The four o'clocks work out better blooming early but it did not seem to make a difference with the moonflowers.
[Last edited by Cinta - Oct 31, 2016 10:16 PM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #1309801 (3)
Name: David Laderoute
Zone 5B/6 - NW MO (Zone 5b)
Ignoring Zones altogether
Seed Starter Avid Green Pages Reviewer Garden Ideas: Level 1
Image
DavidLMO
Oct 31, 2016 6:46 PM CST
My Moonflowers are still blooming up a storm. ZERO seed pods though. And I have Morning glories also blooming their hearts out. They usually bloom for me starting in June. This year they waited til August. Weird to say the least.
Seeking Feng Shui with my plants since 1976
Name: Sally
central Maryland
Seriously addicted to kettle chips.
Charter ATP Member Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Mid-Atlantic Composter Region: Maryland Birds
Cat Lover Dog Lover Region: United States of America
Image
sallyg
Oct 31, 2016 7:55 PM CST
I have had that experience, Cinta, but last few years have done well for me. Pretty sure they bloomed before September. This year two are in my warmest garden bed, loaded with pods though all died back now, that last hot spell did it, or they were just bloomed out.
..come into the peace of wild things..-Wendell Berry
Life is a buffet (anon)
Name: aud/odd
Pennsylvania (Zone 6b)
Garden Ideas: Level 1
Image
Cinta
Oct 31, 2016 10:18 PM CST
This year it might have worked out better. We had a long hot summer. If it we had a normal Spring and summer it would not have worked. They just grow a bunch of leaves take over and then I get one or two flowers and we get a frost it is over.

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« All Things Gardening forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Member Login:

Username:

Password:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by Baja_Costero and is called "Aloe with six-legged friends"