Annuals forum: Morning Glories 'Picotee Blue'

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Name: Grannyh
Monroe City, Mo (Zone 6a)
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Grannyh
Feb 4, 2017 2:12 PM CST
Hello Everyone! ~ This year I am going to grow 'Picotee Blue' morning glories.
‘Picotee Blue’ is a cultivar from Japan and grows 5' to 6'. It's more restrained than it's cousins, doesn't climb it's neighbors or take over the fence.
It reseeds just enough, but not like the ones we know. The Japanese have been breeding unusual Morning Glories since Samurai times.
Picotee Blue is described as being '..gracious & well mannered.'
Just got my seeds yesterday! So very anxious for mid-March to arrive so I can get them started...or is that too early?
Our local Gardening Club here in town has asked to come on June 15 for a tour, so I'm hoping to have some P.Blue blooming on our Pergola by then. Fingers crossed!
Anyone else ever grown this variety? Any info welcomed!
This will be my first year growing this particular morning glory, so these are not my pics.

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Name: Ronnie (Veronica)
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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luvsgrtdanes
Feb 4, 2017 3:18 PM CST
Hi @Grannyh here's my experience with them...
I start my morning glories inside (ipomoea nil) in April I am also z6. As far as the picotees go I've never had one grow 5-6' although I do grow mine in pots but I really don't think they will climb that much. The earliest I've had them bloom was mid to late August. Unless you start it now and grow it inside for a while you probably won't see flowers in June. Not that it's not possible just not likely.
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Name: woofie
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woofie
Mar 1, 2017 7:44 PM CST
Good luck with those! I never had any luck with that particular variety. Hope you'll post pictures if you get blooms. I grew some I. nils over the winter one year and it was just maddening how long it took for them to set flowers.
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Name: Grannyh
Monroe City, Mo (Zone 6a)
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Grannyh
Mar 3, 2017 11:58 AM CST
Hi woofie! ~ I do have an update with a pic. I use heat mats on all my seedlings so I ususally don't have to wait too long for seedlings to emerge.
I germinated the seeds in wet paper towels in a plastic sandwich bag. Layed the bag on top a florescent light fixture for warmth in the growing cellar.
Here's my most recent pic of my Picotee Blue Morning Glories taken on Feb 27, 2017.
I'm still hopefully shooting for blooms by Father's Day in June!
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Name: woofie
NE WA (Zone 5a)
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woofie
Mar 3, 2017 2:44 PM CST
Those are doing nicely! Heh, watch out as they start getting taller or you'll have a very tangled mess to unwind. (Ask me how I know this. Smiling )
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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jai_Ganesha
Mar 9, 2017 12:05 AM CST
Grannyh said:Hi woofie! ~ I do have an update with a pic. I use heat mats on all my seedlings so I ususally don't have to wait too long for seedlings to emerge.
I germinated the seeds in wet paper towels in a plastic sandwich bag. Layed the bag on top a florescent light fixture for warmth in the growing cellar.
Here's my most recent pic of my Picotee Blue Morning Glories taken on Feb 27, 2017.
I'm still hopefully shooting for blooms by Father's Day in June!
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Wait, aren't Ipomoea blooms timed to photoperiod? That has been my understanding all these years. In other words, it doesn't matter how early you plant them, they begin to bloom once the day lengths reach an even 12-ish hours (not at the height of summer photoperiod in June). Thus the fact that they don't bloom in June and July isn't related to the age/healthy of the plant at all, but rather the length of daylight.

This may apply only to some species (the ones that I've grown). I'm not sure after seeing all these replies...
Keep going!
Name: woofie
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woofie
Mar 9, 2017 10:38 AM CST
We have a member (Gerris2) who grows lots of morning glories indoors. I was just looking at a thread he started and he mentioned that his plants just get natural light and he was getting blooms in November and December.
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Name: Jai or Jack
WV (Zone 6b)
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Jai_Ganesha
Mar 9, 2017 10:51 AM CST
woofie said:We have a member (Gerris2) who grows lots of morning glories indoors. I was just looking at a thread he started and he mentioned that his plants just get natural light and he was getting blooms in November and December.


That would make sense. The day is shorter than 12 hours during those times. Each plant which relies on photoperiodism (whether short day or long day) has a unique cut off.
Keep going!

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