Use Morning Glories to Attract Humming Birds and Butterflies to Your Yard
Morning Glories are colorful trumpet shaped blooms known to attract humming birds. Most Morning Glories have a white center and come in blue, pink, purple and white. They bloom best as climbing vines and are ideal for growing on a fence, trellis or any other structure. The plant blooms from midsummer until fall frost and in some climates will last through the winter and re-bloom the following early summer.
Morning Glories take 10-14 days to germinate and should be planted one fourth of an inch deep. The seeds should be spaced two or three inches apart. Though most Morning Glories grow to a height of 8 to 10 feet, some varieties are not as tall and grow to a height of three to five feet.
Sow the seeds in average garden soil in a sunny location, after all danger of spring frost. For earliest blooms, start seeds indoors in peat pots one month before outdoor planting time. If you do not have peat pots, they will easily start in small disposable cups filled with 2 inches of flower and vegetable potting soil. Keep the soil moist and place the cups in a warm location until the seeding are three inches tall. Then transplant the seedling into your outdoor location.
If you began your seedlings in the ground, you must thin seedlings when they are three to four inches tall and the final spacing of the plants should be six to eight inches apart. To help the seeds germinate, soak the seeds in warm (not hot) water for 24 hours prior to planting. Make sure you provide a trellis or other support for the plants.
Morning Glories are not an indoor plant. They will grow best in partial to full sun exposure, and should be watered in the early morning or late evening. Many varieties do not like direct, hot heat and should be placed where they will get shade in the hottest part of the day.