Learning Download: How to Grow Ipomoea
Ipomoea are also known as morning glories. They are annual, climbing flowers with heart-shaped leaves and trumpet flowers in a variety of colors. Morning glories get their name because they bloom in the early morning and its bloom dies before the end of the day.
Before Planting: File down the seed just enough to break the coating and then soak for 24 hours. This will encourage the seeds to send out a root.
Planting: Sow directly outside after the first frost. Cover the seeds with 1/4 inch of soil and space about 6 inches apart.
Watering: Ipomoea are low maintenance and only require watering when the soul becomes dry.
Fertilizer: Immediately after planting the seeds, apply a balanced liquid fertilizer, but do not fertilize more than this.
Days to Maturity: Ipomoea can take a couple months, up to 120 days to flower.
Harvesting: To harvest its seeds, look for dead flowers on the vine. Once gone, the bloom leaves behind a small seed pod at the end of the stem. Crack open the pods if they are hard and brown. If there are small black seeds inside, then they are ready to harvest. Cut the stem below the seed pods. Crack open the pods and dry the seeds in a warm, dark place until they are hard to puncture. Once dried, place in a sealed container until planitng.
Tips: Support its climbing vine by adding a trellis or planting along a fence row.