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TuckerTime
Aug 9, 2017 4:41 AM CST
We have grown red, white and blue Morning Glory's up our community center 25 ft. flagpole the last few years..they are only supposed to grow 10 - 15 ft. This year, they are growing so fast and furious (assuming it's the "perfect" weather conditions) that they are starting to take over the flag...never seen anything like it. I was away and come back to find them out of control.

If I cut them about halfway up the pole (we have a tall step ladder), do you think that I would be able to pull them down? We have a beautiful circle garden underneath and are concerned about it looking sloppy. They are very easy to pull down the pole once they have been hit by frost. We have 1 1/2 months left of the growing season and don't think I can wait for a frost!

No, we will not be planting Morning Glory seeds again next year Smiling !

Thanks!
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Name: Yardenman
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Yardenman
Aug 9, 2017 4:46 AM CST
TuckerTime said:We have grown red, white and blue Morning Glory's up our community center 25 ft. flagpole the last few years..they are only supposed to grow 10 - 15 ft. This year, they are growing so fast and furious (assuming it's the "perfect" weather conditions) that they are starting to take over the flag...never seen anything like it. I was away and come back to find them out of control.

If I cut them about halfway up the pole (we have a tall step ladder), do you think that I would be able to pull them down? They are very easy to pull down the pole once they have been hit by frost. We have 1 1/2 months left of the growing season and don't think I can wait for a frost!

Thanks!


Pull them by the roots and let them start growing again. They are nearly unkillable.

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RpR
Aug 9, 2017 9:03 AM CST
They are contrary critters.
I have not planted them for years as they have turned into nasty weeds BUT where Sharon plants them, in a planter just for that they are rather pathetic, no blooms and only a couple of feet high.
They have good fresh dirt so it is not the soil.
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TuckerTime
Aug 9, 2017 11:48 AM CST

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This is mainly from 2 plants­čś│. We just hacked them about half way down and hubby was able to get the high branches off. Community loves the vine but if it was up to me, they would be ripped out by the roots!
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Name: Mac
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McCannon
Aug 9, 2017 1:09 PM CST
This is around 8' to 9' tall. There's somewhere around 30 Morning Glory plants around the base. We pull them all after they die back in the fall and we've harvested enough seeds to plant the following year. They've never been a problem.
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Name: Annie
Waynesboro, PA (Zone 6a)
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LysmachiaMoon
Aug 9, 2017 1:43 PM CST
Just a reminder: Morning glories DO NOT "become" invasive bindweed. They are 2 different species. Morning glories are an annual that often reseeds itself, so it might come back. But it is not the invasive weed called bindweed.

That said, I think the flagpole looks spectacular with it's flowers! I would have left them alone (although I guess it is hard to haul the colors up and down!). Cutting them halfway seems sensible. The vines will gradually start creeping back up the pole. Otherwise, pull them out by the roots and that will be the end of them for this year.
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Aug 9, 2017 2:31 PM CST
I loved the previous look, but the flag wouldn't be able to be taken up and down, but most people don't do that anymore anyway. It seems like they all stay up through rain and all.
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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Aug 9, 2017 2:37 PM CST
TuckerTime said:
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This is mainly from 2 plants­čś│. We just hacked them about half way down and hubby was able to get the high branches off. Community loves the vine but if it was up to me, they would be ripped out by the roots!
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That IS impressive. And you will probably never get rid of the them.

And BTW, morning glory seeds are both slightly hallucinegenic and mildly toxic. Word of Warning... My youngest sister enjoyed them and died young. Not saying there was a connection. Just be vary.

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