How To Grow Ipomea From Seeds - A Master Class | Gardeners Info

Hippomewas a beautiful plant that decorates the garden with its abundant blooms and variety of colors. They are fast-growing plants, so they are used in landscaping to cover walls, fences, and pergolas.

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In many countries it is cultivated as an annual plant although the ipome is a multiyear decorative lianaof the Vulpes family that reach a height of 3m. But in our country it is cultivated as an annual plant. Single funnel-shaped flowers 3-10 cm in size open one after another. Flowers usually open in the morning.

The plant is propagated by seeds: large, ribbed, black.

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Seeds last up to 2 years. Germinate for up to 2 weeks.

Sow morning glory for seedlings in late March or early April.

In May, seedlings are planted permanently, shaking them thoroughly out of their pots to avoid damaging the root system.

Sow directly into the ground in early May.

Three to four seeds per hole. Plants planted this way bloom later, but they also bloom much more lushly.

A few important facts about morning glory:

  • This flower likes sun;
  • Fertilize it every week;
  • Requires frequent watering during growing seasons;
  • The plant is climbing, provide a support, pergola, trellis;
  • The flower is sensitive to cold and wet weather;
  • The flowering period is July through September.

Contents

  1. The most cultivated species of ipomea in Russia
  2. How to plant ipomea in seedlings
  3. How to grow a seedling of ipomea?
  4. The seedling has sprouted - what next?
  5. When and how to put the morning glory sprouts into the ground?

The most cultivated species of morning glory in Russia

Tricolor morning glory - with sky-blue color and different pastel shades. Native to Mexico. Reaches a height of 3 m. Its leaves are large, light green, heart-shaped and arranged on long petioles. Blooms from June to fall - abundant blooms with large flowers up to 10 cm in diameter.

Ipomoea purpurea an undemanding annual. It is native to South America. Its leaves are pointed, heart-shaped, and the flowers are broadly umbrella-shaped and varied in color - white, pink, red, purple, blue, striped.

How to plant ipomea in seedlings

To ensure that ipomea flowers in your garden early, it is best to grow seedlings and plant them already in the ground. In the last days of March, soak the seeds for 20 minutes in a dark pink solution of manganese, rinse and, wrapped in a damp cloth, put them away in a warm place. If the seeds do not swell within 1-2 days, gently prick the seed coat with a needle.

The following step-by-step instructions will help you properly plant ipomea seeds for seedlings:

Step 1: Prepare the soil mixture. A loose, air- and water-permeable, light, nutritious soil is recommended. This means that the soil should not be clayey, heavy, dense. The crop can be planted in universal potting soil for flower sprouts (it is better to add 1 part of sand or perlite/vermiculite to 3 parts of such soil).

You can also prepare your own soil: peat (2 parts), garden soil (2 parts), humus (1 part), sand (1 part). Another composition is also acceptable: leaf soil (2 parts), peat (2 parts), vermiculite or perlite (1 part), coconut fibre (1 part).

Step 2:Prepare the container for the seedlings because the morning glory does not tolerate transplanting, it is very important to immediately sow the seeds in separate containers (cups, pots) to do without picking. The optimal container volume is 300-400 ml.

Step 3: Grant good drainage. Place a drainage layer at the bottom of each pot or cup to prevent dangerous stagnant moisture. For example, you can put perlite, crushed bricks, claydite. The thickness of the layer should be 1.5-2 cm.

Step 4: Fill each cup with soil. The soil should be evenly distributed so that there are no empty spaces.

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Step 5: Make a hole 0.5-1 cm deep, no more.

Step 6: Sow the willow seeds in the holes and then cover them with 5-10 mm of soil.

Step 7: Properly moisten the soil with the seeds. Use a sprayer to water. The water should be warm and clean.

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Step 8: Now cover the cups with lids or cling film and keep them in a warm place.

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Please remember: &nbspThe ipomace seeds are poisonous! Therefore it is imperative that you wear gloves when handling them. Make sure you wash your hands with soap and water after sowing. Avoid contact of children or pets with the seeds!

How to grow rocket seedlings?

After the seeds have been sown it is important to follow some rules in order to have healthy and strong seedlings:

  • Greenhouse conditions have to be provided by covering each cup with a cover or film (plastic bag). Remove the film once a day in order to air the seeds (literally 20-30 minutes).
  • The optimum temperature for the germination of the seeds is 23 degrees Celsius.
  • Monitor the soil humidity and water with a sprinkler if the soil is slightly dry. Do not let the soil dry out, otherwise the seeds will die and you will certainly not wait for germination.
  • Do not put pots with seeds on a cold window sill (or other cold surface), even if the room temperature is normal. Always place Styrofoam or other insulating material under the pots in such cases.

Germinate seeds in 7-10 days under normal conditions.

The seedlings have sprouted - now what?

After the emergence of seedlings, care of the morning glory sprouts should be as follows:

  • The cover (package, film) should be removed, but it is important to do this gradually so that the stress does not negatively affect the condition and health of the sprouts. It is advisable to stretch the opening of the plant over 3 days: on the first day open in the morning and evening for 1-2 hours, the next day increase the time for a few hours, and on the last day remove the covering material completely.
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  • The temperature after sprouting is reduced to 18-20 degrees C.
  • The seedlings should be grown on the sunniest windowsill (or under phytolamps 12 hours a day). If there is not enough light, the seedlings will be elongated, weak, brittle, and may easily fall over.
  • Be careful about watering the morning glory seedlings. Excessive drying out of the soil can have serious consequences for the plant, up to and including death. Seedlings should be watered when the top layer dries out. Water must be soft, clean and stand for at least 24 hours.
  • After watering, be sure to drain the water from the pan.
  • Remote loosening of the soil surface. This will help to prevent a crust from forming which prevents aeration. Loosening should be done 2-3 hours after watering, to a depth of no more than 5mm!
  • After the appearance of 1 true leaf, make a small support and tie it up. On such a support, the young vines will be able to wiggle normally. This will make it easier to tie the vines to a permanent support after transplanting. Otherwise, it will be difficult to untangle the liana without damage later.
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When and how to plant the morning glory plant?

Put the morning glory plant in the ground when night frost is definitely no longer a threat. That is approximately in the second half of May for the Moscow region, in early June for Siberia and the Urals

The plant is planted in a sunny place with a clump of soil.

Don't forget to fertilize and water the ipomea often and you will enjoy its lush blooms.

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