Heavenly Blue Morning Glory Seeds
Morning glory is a fast growing vine that produces beautiful flowers. The plant can be found in a wide range of colours, although my favourite is heavenly blue. This “Heavenly Blue” variety produces large, sky-blue flowers with a white throat. It’s a great plant for growing on trellises or along walls and fences. It will grow well in pots or containers as long as you give it something to climb.
Uses of Morning Glories
In ancient times, the morning glory plants has been used medicinally in China and North America. A paste can be made from it’s fresh leaves to treat insect bites or stings. A tea made from the roots has been used as a laxative, expectorant and diurectic. A tea made from the flowers has been used to treat headaches.
Heavenly Blue Morning Glory
Ipomoea tricolor ‘Heavenly Blue’
Time to sow: Spring.
Light conditions: Grows in full sun to partial shade.
Uses: Medicinal, ornamental.
How To Germinate Morning Glory Seeds
In order to germinate morning glory seeds the temperature needs to be between 59 and 90 F (15 to 32 C). If the weather is too hot outside you can start the seeds indoors. If you have trouble germinating the seeds for some reason, soak the seeds in water for 24 hours, or nick the hard coating of the seeds with a knife to speed germination. I’ve had no problem starting the seeds without soaking them or preparing them, you just need to keep them very wet and they should germinate. The plants will do well and flower in an average quality soil that is loose and well-draining. If starting the seeds outdoors cover them with a thin layer of compost, if starting indoors you only need to surface sow the seeds. The seeds should germinate within 1 week. When preparing the planting site, mix in sphagnum peat moss and/or use mulch on top of the soil to retain moisture – never mix mulch into the soil. Since morning glories are a vine it requires a structure to climb.
Growing Morning Glories
Growing morning glories is fairly easy. The plant prefers full sun, but will grow in partial shade as well. Ideally you want to keep the soil moist for them at all times, this is why using a thick layer of mulch around your morning glories is very helpful. Disease and insect problems are not usually a problem for this plant, but if it does happen I recommend only using organic products to treat it. Growing a diverse variety of nectar producing plants and herbs in the area will help attract predatory insects that will prey on insect infestations.