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Morning Glory – Sprouting for Success

My heart skips a beat each time I see these pictures I snapped last summer of Heavenly Blue Morning Glory.  Sure, the flower color is perfectly paired with its name. The flowers are, after all, HEAVENLY blue. Ethereal. Elusive. Divine.

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Some gardeners plant morning glory seeds directly into the ground in spring when there’s no longer any danger of frost. I’m not that lucky. I need to coax the seeds from their winter jackets before planting.

This is easy to do.

1.    Dump the seeds into a glass of water.

2.    Soak them 12-24 hours.

3.    In that time, you’ll see the inside of the seed sprouting on the outside. That little white foot is the plant starting to grow and send up a shoot.

4.    Plant sprouted seeds outside. If you have the heart, toss the rest out too. (I plant them all in hopes of finding late bloomers!) Oh and one more thing: I’ve never had any luck planting Morning Glory seeds in pots and then transplanting outside. I guess the seeds get cranky when they’re moved. And I guess I would too if I were a tiny seed trying to grow HEAVENLY, HEARTACHINGLY—-BLUE flowers!


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