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Blue Morning Glory, Morning Glory

Characteristics

Flower color
  • blue
  • pink
  • White
  • multicolored
PH value
  • neutral to slightly acidic
use
  • Climbing aids
  • Planters
  • Wall greening
Garden style
  • Cottage garden
  • flower garden
  • Natural garden
  • Pot garden

origin

The blue morning glory (Ipomoea tricolor), also often called morning glory or morning glory, is native to Mexico and Central America. There they are referred to as "Badoh Negro" and their seeds have been used as hallucinogens since the Aztecs. From a botanical point of view, it belongs to the Convolvulaceae family. Morning glory is a popular climbing plant in our gardens at home, as it wraps entire trellises in no time. With its three-colored flowers, it also cuts a particularly good figure.

growth

The funnel wind grows in our climate as an annual climbing plant. With its spirally growing shoot tips, it wraps around wood and ropes up to a height of four meters and thus conquers the air.

leaves

Its fresh green leaves are made up of a 1.5 to 6 centimeter long stem and a heart-shaped, light green leaf blade.

blossoms

Blue morning glories produce attractive seven to ten centimeter flowers between July and October. When they bloom, imperial winds look pink, then they turn sky blue. The throat glows white. Because of this tricolor, funnel winds have the Latin species name "tricolor" (three-colored). As one-day flowers, the flowers often fade around noon, especially when the weather is sunny and beautiful. In English, the morning glory is therefore also called "Morning Glory".

Location

Accustomed to high temperatures and sunshine from their natural locations, morning winds only develop well in warm and full sun places here. You should also stand in the garden protected from the wind.

ground

The ideal soil for funnel winds should be rich in nutrients, moist and not too acidic.

sowing

You can sow the climbing plant directly into the bed from April to May. It is better, however, to grow them in small seed pots on the windowsill at 18 to 22 degrees Celsius from mid-March - experience has shown that they will then flower a little earlier. And this is how it's done: Fill the seed compost into small pots and press down. Put two to three seeds in each pot and sieve a thin layer of soil over them. Then pour thoroughly. After germination, only let the strongest specimen grow and carefully pull the others out.

The young plants will soon need sticks. In addition, you should move the pots apart at an early stage so that the shoots do not intertwine with each other. It is worth slowly hardening young morning glories and getting used to the outdoor space. The right time to plant out has come when cold nights no longer threaten from mid-May.

planting

When planting funnel winds, you keep a planting distance of 40 to 50 centimeters in the bed. When cultivating in pots, you should treat your morning glory to a sufficiently large planter. The pot should be at least 30 centimeters high and equally wide. Pottery shards on the drainage hole ensure that it does not get clogged and that excess water can always drain off easily. A high-quality substrate for the morning glory is recommended, especially when keeping buckets. If the soil you bought has not already been fertilized, you should mix a long-term fertilizer with the substrate when planting to ensure a continuous supply of nutrients.

maintenance

Those who grow at full speed need a lot of energy. In the garden, it is best to mix ripe compost into the ground before sowing or planting. In addition, morning winds need a lot of water, especially in spring when they are growing. Give the bucket dwellers about four to six weeks after planting a liquid fertilizer in the irrigation water once a week. The soil should always be evenly moist - but never wet. Waterlogging does not tolerate torrential winds.

use

As fast twists, blue morning glories with their dense foliage and large flowers conquer thin struts and ropes in a short time. There are trellises to buy in many garden centers and garden centers. You can also make climbing aids yourself from bamboo sticks or willow branches. As a curl, morning glories grow first in height and then in width. That's why they look best on obelisks or fan-shaped trellises. So that the plants can hold onto it from the very first moment, you should attach the climbing aids when you plant them. In pots on the balcony or terrace, the twists are only allowed to grow alone; they would soon overgrow an underplanting. Instead, combine other summer flowers in separate pots.

sorts

The variety Ipomoea tricolor ven Heavenly Blue ’is three meters high and has seven to ten centimeters large, intensely blue colored flowers. It blooms a little earlier than the species. ‘Sperling's Glory Morning’ reaches heights of a good two meters and has sky-blue flowers with darker stripes. The blue morning glory ‘Flying Saucers’ is between two and three meters high. Its flowers are sky blue and white.

Multiplication

As already mentioned, morning glories are multiplied by sowing.

Diseases and pests

Sometimes blue morning glories are plagued by spider mites. As a rule, however, the climbing plants are very robust.