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Growing Morning Glories

Growing Morning Glories

Grandpa Otts Morning Glory


A popular, old-fashioned flowering vine commonly grown on fences, trellises, and as an annual screen. Soak seed overnight in warm water or nick with a file before planting. Sow seed outdoors about ½ inch deep after all frost danger has passed, or start indoors 4 to 6 weeks before outdoor planting time.


Grow in full sun in well-drained soils. Self-supportive and readily climbs wire fences, lattice, and trellises. Vines that overgrow can be cut back to promote new growth. Not troublesome to remove from trellises after plants die in fall.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use full rates of Algoflash Flowering Plant 4-6-7 Liquid Fertilizer (51087), Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221), or Osmocote 14-14-14 (51173).

Alternative Products

Other annual climbing vines include Cardinal Climber (05566), Hyacinth Bean (05208), and Moonflower (07002).

Complimentary Products

Plants are moderate feeders that appreciate occasional fertilization. Use Insecticidal Soap (50424) if aphids are a problem. Captain Jacks Deadbug Brew (50050) can be used against caterpillars.

Product Recommendations

Plantable 3" Round Jiffy Peat Pots (53226) are ideal for starting seed indoors. Natural Jute Twine (52886) can be used to make trellises to support plants.

Morning Glory Facts

Easy-to-grow, fast growing, and usually problem-free. Aphids, caterpillars, and spider mites are occasional pests. May reseed in the garden. Cotyledons ("seed leaves") have distinct notched shape, so the seedlings are easy to identify.

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