Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Morning Glories Again

My first batch of morning glories are coming along well and I am enjoying watching every little change and bit of growth. I don't know what it is, but there is something so fascinating about these plants, even when they are little! They've now started to outgrow their little plastic cups so I just finished transplanting them all into the pots they will grow in. 



Here's my collection so far, with everything potted up except for the Ipomoea pubescens seedlings. The two on the right that have a smaller pot all to themselves are candidates for the Kyoto-style pruning method although ideally, it would probably be better to use a yellow-leaved variety. We'll see how it goes anyway! 😊



'Purple Reverse Tube' is a mutant variety with the most curiously curled leaves! I'm really having fun watching this one!




The first true leaf reminded me of the grinch before it unfolded! 😄


'Red Dragon Leaf'...the color of the hypocotyl often (but not always!) indicates what color the flower will be!


That being said, it will be interesting to see how these 'Kokoah' seedlings turn out. Two of them have dark purple hypocotyls and even purple veining in the cotyledons, while the third is a lighter green with green hypocotyl and even a tiny bit of variegation! 




These 'Sazanami #2' (there's some confusion about the true identity of the variety but that's what most people are calling it!) seedlings are showing some nice variegation in the cotyledons, and will likely have variegated leaves too!



'Star of India'...


Caudex-forming Ipomoea pubescens is already showing a thickening stem! 


Ipomoea transvaalensis has such pretty leaves!


Meanwhile, I've been enjoying some beautiful blooms from the I. purpureas in my garden. This is 'Dilute Joyce Cobb'...



One of the plants has been giving some much darker flowers, and they even change color! Here's the same flower at 7 AM...


And again at 1:30 PM!


I just love these 'Strawberry Flake' blooms! Notice that there are two shades of pink! 



Life with morning glories is so interesting! Soon it will be time to start a few more Ipomoea nil seedlings for blooms all winter long (hopefully!). It's so hard to stop once I get started planting these and I may just have to knock out a few walls and replace them with glass to make room for them all! 😁

11 comments:

  1. Have you ever raised the Moon Vine? The are like Morning Glories but the bloom is larger and they bloom very late in the evening and thru the night. The hummingbird moth pollinates it. Your Morning Glories are beautiful.

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  2. Forgot, the Moon Vine is white.

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    1. I haven't grown Moon Vine yet but I'd like to! Maybe next year. :) It's fragrant too isn't it?

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    2. Yes it has a lovely smell at night. Plant near a sunny window to enjoy at night. Gets about 10' here, but farther south it can get 30'. It is in the Morning Glorie and Sweet Potato family. The bloom can get quite large as in about 3" across and about 5-6" long. Mine got about 4"-5" long. When you go outside at night they really pop with the white. You do have to score the seeds with a knife or nail file and soak overnight or longer if you don't have time to plant them. The hummingbird moths really like them and they come out at dusk, so you get to see them too, if you have them up there.

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    3. I will have to make it a point to try it next summer! I love fragrant white flowers at night...so magical! :)

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  3. Nice work, I must return often!

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  4. I love Morning Glories! My favorite is good old 'Heavenly Blue'. Amazing how that one variety changes color!

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    1. I've never grown 'Heavenly Blue' but have admired it in pictures...the name really describes it!

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  5. Oh, this is fun! Looking forward to seeing how they grow and flower. You need a real greenhouse conservatory like the English Victorians had. :)

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    1. Oh yes, that would be just wonderful! :D

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