Grow gorgeous morning glory from seed
- 25 diverse morning glory varieties
- Attract bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, and even bats
- Vigorous climber adds a pop of color to any arch or trellis
- A favorite for its quick growing climbing habits and deep trumpet-shaped blooms
morning glory facts
Let’s clear something up here. The lovely morning glory is not to be confused with bindweed, a pesky look-alike invasive weed that has a tendency to choke out nearby plants. Morning glories are very safe for your garden, and the worst they’ll do is self-seed so you’ll have more morning glories next year. These wildflowers are native to Central America and Mexico, and there aren’t many flowers that have such a variety of color and shape as these. Ruffled? Edged? Variegated? Solid, bicolor, tricolor? Star or trumpet-shaped? Eden Brothers has them all: 24 lovely morning bloomers and one evening bloomer, the coveted Moonflower.
Morning glories are known for opening in full bloom early in the morning, long before other flowers awake from their slumber. These flowers grow quickly and will sprawl to fill a space, so if you want to control these beauties, you may need to plant them in a container.
growing morning glories from seed
Morning glories do well direct seeded after the last spring freeze and the soil temperature reaches at least 65°F. Morning glories love sun but will tolerate some partial shade. Soil composition shouldn’t be a concern as morning glories are very tolerant of poor soils. Direct sow seeds a half inch deep. Alternatively, start morning glory seeds indoors four to six weeks before the last frost. Transplant out at eight to twelve inch spacing.
To help with germination, you may put morning glory seeds through seed scarification—a process that involves making small nicks in the seed coat to better help the seed absorb water. Soak morning glory seeds overnight to speed up sprouting.
how to care for morning glory flowers
Vigorous climbers, morning glory seedlings will need a trellis once they’ve grown to about six inches. If you don’t provide a trellis, these beauties will find something else to use for support—quite possibly the other plants in your garden. Plant morning glories next to a lattice or arch and watch them go! You’ll be thankful for the extra shade come midsummer.
Once established, morning glories are low-maintenance plants. Water during a prolonged dry spell, but these hardy plants are fairly drought tolerant. While deer don’t seem to particularly care for morning glories, pollinators certainly do. Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds will be drawn to your garden for those bright, fragrant blooms!
If you’re unsure which of the many morning glory varieties to choose from, Eden Brothers' Top ‘O The Morning Morning Glory Seed Mix is for you! This special blend comprises four favorite morning glory varieties, two annual and two perennial types for morning and evening blooms! For more information about planting, growing, and harvesting morning glory seeds, see the Morning Glory Seeds Planting Guide.