Growing heirloom morning glory seeds in your garden
- 19 heirloom morning glory seed varieties
- Easy to grow and maintain
- Culinary and medicinal uses
- A favorite for its quick growing climbing habits and deep trumpet-shaped blooms
Select the best Heirloom Morning Glories for your garden
Let's get something straight here. Heirloom morning glory is not to be confused with bindweed, a terrible invasive weed that has a nasty habit of choking off adjacent plants. Morning glories are very safe for your garden, and the worst that may happen is that they self-seed, giving you additional morning glories the next year. These wildflowers are native to Central America and Mexico, and few blooms have as much color and form variability as these. Ruffled? Edged? Variegated? Is it a solid color, a bicolor, or a tricolor? Is it shaped like a star or like a trumpet? Eden Brothers has all of them: 21 beautiful morning bloomers and one prized evening bloomer, the Moonflower.
Special characteristics of heirloom morning glories
Heirloom morning glories are notable for blooming early in the morning, long before other flowers emerge from their dormancy. These flowers grow fast and may sprawl to fill an area, so you may need to place them in a container if you want to keep them under control.
After the last spring freeze and when the soil temperature reaches at least 65°F, heirloom morning glories can be direct sown. Morning glories prefer to be in the sun, but may take slight shade. Morning glories are fairly tolerant of low soils, therefore soil composition should not be an issue. Seeds should be sown directly in the ground at a depth of half an inch. Alternatively, four to six weeks before the final frost, start heirloom morning glory seeds inside. Transplant at a spacing of eight to twelve inches.
Seed scarification—a process that includes producing small nicks in the seed coat to better enable the seed to absorb water—can help heirloom morning glory seeds germinate. To expedite the sprouting of morning glory seeds, soak them overnight.
How to encourage morning glories to climb
Heirloom morning glory seedlings, which are strong climbers, will require a trellis after they reach around six inches in height. If you don't create a trellis, these beauties will find another source of support, which may be other plants in your garden. Plant heirloom morning glories near a lattice or arch and watch how quickly they expand! Come mid-summer, you'll be grateful for the extra shade.
Heirloom morning glories for pollinators
Heirloom morning glories are low-maintenance plants once established. During a lengthy dry period, water the plants, although they are drought resilient. Even while deer don't seem to care much for morning glories, pollinators do. The vivid, fragrant blossoms will attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds to your yard.
Eden Brothers' Heirloom Top 'O The Morning Morning Glory Seed Mix is for you if you're not sure which of the several morning glory varieties to pick from. Morning and evening blooms are provided by this unusual combination of four beloved morning glory kinds, two annual and two perennial variants.
For more information about planting, growing, and harvesting heirloom morning glory seeds, see the Morning Glory Seeds Planting Guide.