Categories
BLOG

how to prepare morning glory seeds

Growing Morning Glories

Share:

How do you plant and care for morning glories? These strong climbers have beautifully-shaped blooms that unfurl in the sun and romantic tendrils that lend old-fashioned charm. Learn more about growing morning glories.

About Morning Glories

Morning glories bloom from early summer to the first frost of fall. With slender stems and heart-shaped leaves, their trumpet-shaped flowers come in colors of pink, purple-blue, magenta, or white. Their fragrant, colorful flowers are not only attractive to our eyes but also beloved by butterflies and hummingbirds.

Train twining morning glory vines over a pergola or arch, or use as a dense groundcover. This drought-tolerant plant grows quickly—up to 10 feet in one season—and can self-seed fairly easily, too. Because of this, you’ll want to choose where you put this plant wisely! Otherwise, you may end up with more morning glories than you bargained for.

Warning: Morning glory seeds are poisonous, especially in large quantities. Keep them out of reach of children and pets. Learn more.

What’s the Difference Between Morning Glory and Bindweed?

The attractive annual morning glory (Ipomoea spp.) is often mistaken for its perennial cousin, field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis), which is an aggressive, invasive weed native to Europe and Asia. Field bindweed—also called “perennial morning glory” or “creeping jenny”—grows similarly to annual morning glories, but sends out deep, deep roots, which make it very difficult to get rid of and allow it to overwinter in areas where cultivated morning glories could not.

To tell the difference between the plants, look closely at the leaves, flowers, and vines:

  • Field bindweed leaves are typically smaller than those of annual morning glories. Morning glory leaves may be 2 inches or more across; bindweed leaves rarely exceed 2 inches. Bindweed leaves are also shaped more like an arrowhead than those of morning glories, which are heart shaped.
  • Field bindweed flowers only occur in either pink or white, whereas annual morning glory flowers may be pink, white, magenta, blue, purple, or red, and are much larger than those of the bindweed.
  • Morning glory vines are usually thicker than bindweed’s vines, and typically have small hairs.

In any case, if you come across a plant in your garden that resembles morning glory and you know you didn’t plant it, it’s best to err on the side of caution and treat it as a weed.

Planting

When to Plant Morning Glories

  • Sow morning glory seeds in late spring or early summer, once the ground has warmed to about 64°F (18°C).

Choosing and Preparing a Planting Site

  • Grow morning glories in a sunny spot. They need a lot of sun to bloom their best!
  • Plant in moderately fertile, well-drained soil.
  • Choose a site that is sheltered from strong, drying winds.
  • Give them a fence, lattice, or trellis to climb.

How to Plant Morning Glories

  • Germination rates are improved by filing down the seeds just enough to break the coat, then soaking them for 24 hours before planting. This encourages them to send out a root (it looks like a little worm).
  • Cover lightly with ¼-inch of soil. Space seeds about 6 inches apart.
  • Water thoroughly at planting.
  • Seedlings should appear in about a week.

Growing Morning Glories

  • Apply a balanced liquid fertilizer after planting. Do not over-fertilize, or the vine may grow more foliage than flowers.
  • Support this climbing plant with structures like trellises, pergolas, or arches.
    • Tip: Morning glories climb by twining their vines (like peas or beans) around a support, so make sure that whichever type of structure you grow them against has plenty of space for whorling!
  • Morning glories are low-maintenance; just be sure to water during dry periods.
  • Mulch to retain moisture and suppress weeds.
  • If you don’t want the plant to reseed itself, just snip off old flowers before they turn into seedpods.

Pests/Diseases

Pests:

Morning glories are fast growing and are rarely bothered by pests to a significant extent. However, the following pests may be seen feeding on the vines:

  • Aphids
  • Leaf miner
  • Spider mites
  • Caterpillars (leaf cutters)

Disease/Fungus:

  • Rust
  • F ungal leaf spots
  • Fusarium Wilt

Recommended Varieties

  • ‘Heavenly Blue’ are the classic morning glories with the rich azure (blue) flowers with white throats. It climbs to 12 feet.
  • ‘Scarlett O’H ara’ has bright red flowers with a white throat. It climbs to 15 feet.
  • Here are more recommended morning glory varieties!

‘Heavenly Blue’ morning glory. Photo by Heike Loechel/Wikimedia Commons.

Wit & Wisdom

  • Morning glories are one of September’s birth flowers.
  • If you’ve ever grown sweet potatoes, you may notice a resemblance between their leaves and flowers and those of the morning glory. Unsurprisingly, the plants are related: both belong to the genus Ipomoea.

Vegetable Gardener’s Handbook

What do you want to read next?

Spring-Flowering Bulbs to Plant in.

Easy Perennial Flowers for.

The Best Fall Flowers for Your.

Morning Glory Vines: Favorite.

It’s Tulip Time: Go “Wild” With.

Having a Vine Time with Perennial.

Growing Allium: The Ornamental.

Crazy for Daisies: Types of.

Asters

Why Peonies Should Be In Your.

Cannas

Flower Bulb Problems and Solutions

Reader Comments

Leave a Comment

Morning Glories

Submitted by Nancy LeRoy on October 1, 2020 – 12:06pm

A vine suddenly appeared in my garden this year. They were beautiful Morning Glories. I put up a trellis for them and they are doing well. The leaves are not heart shaped, though. They have three points, not one. Is this a different variety?

no glory in the morning

Submitted by The Editors on October 2, 2020 – 12:09pm

It sounds like you have bindweed, a noxious weed. See here https://www.almanac.com/13-common-garden-weeds

and this from above:

The attractive annual morning glory (Ipomoea spp.) is often mistaken for its perennial cousin, field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis), which is an aggressive, invasive weed native to Europe and Asia. Field bindweed—also called “perennial morning glory” or “creeping jenny”—grows similarly to annual morning glories, but sends out deep, deep roots, which make it very difficult to get rid of and allow it to overwinter in areas where cultivated morning glories could not.

To tell the difference between the plants, look closely at the leaves, flowers, and vines:

  • Field bindweed leaves are typically smaller than those of annual morning glories. Morning glory leaves may be 2 inches or more across; bindweed leaves rarely exceed 2 inches. Bindweed leaves are also shaped more like an arrowhead than those of morning glories, which are heart shaped.
  • Field bindweed flowers only occur in either pink or white, whereas annual morning glory flowers may be pink, white, magenta, blue, purple, or red, and are much larger than those of the bindweed.
  • Morning glory vines are usually thicker than bindweed’s vines, and typically have small hairs.

The attractive annual morning glory (Ipomoea spp.) is often mistaken for its perennial cousin, field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis), which is an aggressive, invasive weed native to Europe and Asia. Field bindweed—also called “perennial morning glory” or “creeping jenny”—grows similarly to annual morning glories, but sends out deep, deep roots, which make it very difficult to get rid of and allow it to overwinter in areas where cultivated morning glories could not.

To tell the difference between the plants, look closely at the leaves, flowers, and vines:

  • Field bindweed leaves are typically smaller than those of annual morning glories. Morning glory leaves may be 2 inches or more across; bindweed leaves rarely exceed 2 inches. Bindweed leaves are also shaped more like an arrowhead than those of morning glories, which are heart shaped.
  • Field bindweed flowers only occur in either pink or white, whereas annual morning glory flowers may be pink, white, magenta, blue, purple, or red, and are much larger than those of the bindweed.
  • Morning glory vines are usually thicker than bindweed’s vines, and typically have small hairs.
  • Morning Glories

    Submitted by Susan on September 17, 2020 – 8:57pm

    I also planted some morning glories years ago – mixed purple, white and pink – and they have self- seeded ever since, all over the garden. I agree – be sure you know where you want them! The exception is the Heavenly Blue variety, which is my favorite. Because it takes longer to mature than other varieties,I have to start it indoors to transplant out in May (Finger Lakes region of NYS). It has never reseeded, like the other varieties. It also has larger leaves and much stronger vines than the others, so I can see how it could grow to be a nuisance in warmer climates!

    Morning Glory Explosion

    Submitted by Mike on August 19, 2020 – 10:23pm

    A good thing, if you want it! Be very careful where you plant them and be sure you want them there pretty much forever. While the suggestion to snip off the dead flowers to prevent going to seed would work in theory – whoa – that’s going to require that you never, ever leave the vines and just keep snipping all day and night. Seriously. If you want them, I highly recommend them. They require almost no care. They look stunning at the middle and end of summer. To keep the vines from getting nuts, you can easily chop off segments at the top. At the end of the season, they look cool for Halloween as they brown, a neat haunted house appearance. Then, just rip them all down – messy, but easy. I have a small porch stoop and they grow up each side. Not a huge area, but literally tens of thousands of seeds. I sweep up the seeds on the porch and whatever has fallen into the ground remains for next year. In early spring, you’ll be able to easily yank new sprouts that are in any areas of the garden where you have other plants. Just do it early. I planted one seed pack ten years ago. That’s all it took. Interestingly, I’ve tried to start them in a semi-shaded area in the yard many times but nope – they don’t take off fast enough. They do require full sun.

    Morning glory explosion

    Submitted by The Editors on August 20, 2020 – 2:03pm

    Learn how to plant, grow, and care for morning glory flowers in your garden.

    How to prepare morning glory seeds

    Please note: Richters Herbs does not endorse abuse of psychoactive plants. The information provided in the Q&A area is for research and information purposes only. It is not meant to be used without qualified medical supervision. Herbs have powerful effects on the body and can cause serious harm or even death if used incorrectly. You should consult your health care provider before using herbs on yourself or on anyone else.

    MORNING GLORY SEED

    by Richard Alan Miller, c2004

    [from Miller, R.A.: THE MAGICAL AND RITUAL USE OF HERBS, Inner Traditions, New York, c1983. 144p. German edition by Sphinx Pub., Switz. Spanish edition by Lasser Press, Mexico c1995]

    Morning Glory (Ipomoea violacea) is in the Bindweed family, and grows profusely at various elevations throughout North America and Mexico. Other varieties can be found in Central and tropical South America, to include the West Indies.

    It is a large vine that often is found clinging to small trees and fences. The leaves are heart-shaped and membranous, from 1.5 to 4 inches long by 1 to 3 inches wide. The flowers are white and funnel shaped, in dense clusters. The fruit is a one seeded capsule, oval in shape, about Ѕ-inch long.

    ‘Heavenly Blue’ variety

    The seeds were used by Aztec priests along with ashes of poisonous insects, tobacco, and live insects for a body rub before sacrifices to make the victim fearless. In these ceremonies, a willing victim was thought to be more vulnerable than an unwilling one. The sacrament was used to create a more receptive atmosphere.

    The seed was called tliltlilzen, the Nahuatl word for black, the suffix indicating that it was sacred. Fernandez wrote on the morning glory seeds in 1573, and a Spanish record of 1629 reports that the seed in an infusion “deprives a man of his senses and is very powerful.” Those who used it were said to have “communicated with the devil, believed in the owl and sucked blood.”

    ‘Flying Saucer’ variety

    Today, the Mazatecs grind the seed in a metate, wrap the meal in a linen bag, and soak I tin cold water. The decoction is fairly potent and provides a curandera (healer) with information about the illness possessing the patient. It is also used to locate lost objects.

    Active ingredients are d-lysergic and d-isolysergic acid amides, lysergol, chanoclavine, elymoclavine, and ergonovine. D-Lysergic acid amide is the principle alkaloid. It is present in the seed in the form of a salt and is therefore soluble in water. It is not soluble in ether or alcohol, unless it is first hydrolyzed with a 10% ammonium hydroxide solution.

    The alkaloid is also present in the leaves and stems, but in lesser concentrations than in the seeds. The affects of these alkaloid in combination is similar to LSD and other hallucinogens, except it is about ten times weaker.

    PRIMARY EFFECTS

    LSD-like experience lasting from six to twelve hours. There may be slight nausea, similar to that from peyote, which fasting and taking two or three airsickness pills can easily eliminate. Dramamine is recommended.

    PREPARATION

    The most successful technique – taking into consideration the chemistry involved – is this:

    • Fast for eighteen hours before ingestion
    • When ready for the ritual, grind seed in a pepper grinder. They must be powdered or they will pass through the body with little effect.
    • The powder should be placed in a small saucer of water and soaked for one hour. Use Ѕ-ounce per person with a weight of 150 pounds.
    • While you are waiting for the seeds to soak, take two to three Dramamine (airsickness pills). A Librium or skullcap tea should also be taken at this time to eliminate anxiety.
    • Put the water and the powdered seeds into a milkshake and drink. The first effects will be noticed within fifteen to forty-five minutes.
    • When you are beginning to “come down,” a Librium or skullcap tea should again be taken to facilitate a smooth entry.

    A person who takes a major mind alterant is actually performing an act of magic. The first and most important question that should be asked is, “Why am I performing this act?” In other words, “What is the goal?” Classical Hinduism suggests four possibilities:

    • Increased personal power, intellectual understanding, improving of life situation, or insight into “Self.”
    • Duty, to help others, providing care or rehabilitation. Healing.
    • Fun, sensuous enjoyment, and pure experience.
    • Transcendence, liberation from the three basic illusions: space, time, and ego. Attainment of mystical union.

    Once a goal has been selected and defined, the next most important question should then be asked: “What is your method of reprogramming?” I recommend reading The Psychedelic Experience by Timothy Leary. This manual guides one thr4ough the intermediate stages between death and rebirth.

    It systematically lists the levels of consciousness met after normal consciousness leaves the place or routine reality. It attempts to forewarn and prepare the voyager for the range of visions to be encounters. Leary’s manual is based on the Bardo Thodol.

    The Bardo Thodol, which first appeared in English as the Tibetan Book of the Dead in 1927, is used in Tibet as a breviary to be read or recited on the experience he or she is about to undergo. It is a road map top the cycles of events after death that lead to either liberation or reincarnation.

    In highly symbolic language, the spirit is told what to expect in each of the three stages between death and rebirth. The first state describes psychic happenings at the moment of death; the second stage describes the dream state that follows and the “karmic” illusions that occur; and the third stage describes the beginning of prenatal feelings, or the return of the ego.

    Leary’s The Psychedelic Experience is the perfect book written for this form of magic. He has modularized each point correctly, including the ability to literally create rebirth! With this manual, one can actually reprogram attitudes, behavior patterns, and goals in life. Everyone should experience a controlled programmed LSD trip once. It is a form of initiation.

    NOTE OF CAUTION

    Persons with any serious history of hepatitis or other liver disorders should not take lysergic acid amides. Also, ergonovine has uterus-stimulating properties. It is given almost routinely to women at the end of the second state of labor to cause uterine contraction and reduce bleeding. This is why a warning is contained in the literature about the use of hallucinogens during pregnancy; it could cause an abortion.

    GROWING TIPS

    For earliest bloom, start seeds in a sunny window 4 to 6 weeks before transplanting outdoors. May be direct-seeded outdoors. Planting depth 1/2 to 1 inch. Plant spacing 6 to 10 inches. Days to germination 8-10. Soak seeds overnight in warm water before planting, whether indoors or out. Transplant carefully. Thrives in poor, dry soil.

    OTHER LSD-LIKE COMPOUNDS

    Bufotenin – An indoleamine from a plant, Piptadenia peregrina, and a South American toad. Action similar to that of LSD.

    Caapi (wild rue) – From Banisteriopsis caapi, a South American jungle vine, contains harmine.

    Cohoba (Niopo, parica) – From Acacia niopo, a Central American mimosa; contains bufotenin and other substances.

    Harmine (basisterine; yageine; telepathine) – From Peganum harmala and other plants. Called a psychic sedative. Potent MAO inhibitor.

    Hawaiian wood rose seed – large and small – From Merremia tuberosa and M. nervosa. I believe morning glory to be a superior species. M. nervosa has a natural coating on the see that is related to strychnine and must be sanded off. It does not burn off or dissolve in Coca-Cola. Also, the black-brown bark of both kinds of seed much be removed. The primary alkaloids are identical to those found in morning glory seeds. For the same results, eat 15 seeds per bodyweight of 150 pounds.

    Iboga – From Tabermanthe iboga, and African plant containing Ibogaine and ibogamine. Said to relieve fatigue.

    Methyltrytamine (indole amphetamine) – produces rise in serotonin in brain, as does LSD.

    Myristicin – From nutmeg, produces bizarre CNS symptoms.

    N, N-dimethyltryptamine – powerful hallucinogen, five times as active as mescaline, effects appear in three to five minutes and disappear in one hour. Stronger MAO inhibitor.

    Ololiuqui (Rivea corymbosa) – a variation of Morning Glory, from Mexico.

    Psylocybin – Similar affects, but more of a body high.

    Yage’ – Another name for Banisteriopsis caapi. Also known as ayahuasca or caapi.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION

    For general information on additional books, manuscripts, lecture tours, and related materials and events by Richard Alan Miller, please write to

    OAK PUBLISHING, INC.
    1212 SW 5th Street
    Grants Pass, OR 97526-2939
    Phone: (541) 476-5588
    Fax: (541) 476-1823
    Internet Addresses [email protected]
    http://www.nwbotanicals.org
    http://www.herbfarminfo.com
    also see the Q/A section of http://www.richters.com

    In addition, you can visit Richard Alan Miller’s home page for a listing of his writings, also containing links to related subjects, and direction in the keywords Metaphysics, Occult, Magick, Parapsychology, Alternative Agriculture, Herb and Spice Farming, Foraging and Wildcrafting, and related Cottage Industries. Richard Alan Miller is available for lectures and as an Outside Consultant.

    No part of this material, including but not limited to, manuscripts, books, library data, and/or layout of electronic media, icons, et al, may be reproduced or transmitted in any form, by any means (photocopying, recording, or otherwise), without the prior written permission of Richard Alan Miller, the Publisher and Author.

    How to prepare morning glory seeds Please note: Richters Herbs does not endorse abuse of psychoactive plants. The information provided in the Q&A area is for research and information purposes