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Morning Glories

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Awsumhoss
Joined: 2/03/2008
Location: Texas
Posts: 4
Posted: Apr/28/2008 2:20 PM PST

Hello,
I planted Morning Glory seeds on each side of my bricked in mailbox, which is arched at the top. I am hoping to train the plants to climb up the brick and meet in the middle for a beautiful show of blooms. However, they are growing out away from the brick. How can I "help" them, is there something I can put over the brick to encourage them to go there?
Thanks! Kim~
HeavenlyBlue photos
Joined: 4/13/2008
Location: Plymouth MA
Posts: 30
Posted: Apr/28/2008 4:50 PM PST

Morning glories need some kind of "stakes" to twine their tendrils around and climb upwards. You can try putting some anchors in the ground and use twine that goes up to the top of your mail box. Ditto on the other side. I've also used speaker wire for more permanent "stakes" for morning glories. I split the speaker wire, which is plastic coated, and it last for years, supporting many years of new planting of morning glories. Your other option is to buy some kind of trellis that that they can climb on. Good luck.
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Joined: 8/14/2002
Location: Altoona, Iowa (near Des Moines)
Posts: 4989
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Posted: Apr/28/2008 8:27 PM PST

I have also used a heavy fishing line before and the plastic bird netting can be used too. It's like HeavenlyBlue said they need something the tendrils can wrap around to support them.
SpringChicken photos
Joined: 3/06/2008
Location: Northeast, Alabama
Posts: 1004
Posted: Apr/28/2008 8:54 PM PST

Does anyone have a picture of a morning glory vine? I planted a bunch of seeds by a tree but as we live in the woods, we have all kinds of vines growing everywhere! I can't tell if my morning glories are growing or not. Don't really know what is what out there!
Awsumhoss
Joined: 2/03/2008
Location: Texas
Posts: 4
Posted: Apr/28/2008 9:56 PM PST

Thank you all for your help. I will try the speaker wire
Thanks again!!! Kim~
HeavenlyBlue photos
Joined: 4/13/2008
Location: Plymouth MA
Posts: 30
Posted: Apr/29/2008 4:38 AM PST

Here's a photo of my morning glories. I have since added a second trellis here, and the vines provide just enough of a privacy screen! They fill in quickly and bloom early and long. Love 'em.

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Joined: 3/28/2008
Location: Lancaster, SC
Posts: 16643
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Posted: Apr/29/2008 6:26 AM PST

I'll try to go out and get a pic of mine, which are young. I'm having a heck of a time trying to train mine as well. Last year, I didn't succeed. Maybe this year I can keep them from rambling where I don't want them!
witt blog photos
Joined: 3/28/2008
Location: Lancaster, SC
Posts: 16643
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Posted: Apr/29/2008 7:32 AM PST

Here's my morning glory babies. As you can see, I hope, that they are heart-shaped leaves. I have some sticks in the bed trying to get them to follow the way to the pole so that I can get them to grow upward.

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Spider_Lily photos
Joined: 10/27/2005
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Posts: 1029
Posted: Apr/29/2008 12:32 PM PST

I grew some over my swing last summer I used a wire mesh just any thing they can attach to.The onlt thing I didn,t about morning glories was they close to early about 9.30 am and all you have is vine till the next day.But they do have beautiful flowers.
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Joined: 3/30/2008
Location: Middle Georgia
Posts: 272
Posted: Apr/29/2008 4:41 PM PST

Love, love, love your morning glories! Heavenly blue is my favorite. Great picture. Thanks
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