I have planted some Morning Glory plants against a trellis and they are
rapidly climbing. However, it seems to be a single tendril going up. Will
the plant naturally send up offshots that will more broadly cover the
trellis, or so I need to do something to encourage it to do so, like nip off
the top of the tendril?
>Will the plant naturally send up offshots that will
>more broadly cover the trellis, or so I need to do
>something to encourage it to do so, like nip off the
>top of the tendril?
IME (which, I will admit, only was 3 years of growing
them) it was 'one seed, one plant, one vine.' I don't
recall seeing offshoots (more than one tendril) from
a single seed (but, then again, I didn't watch them
all that closely) and I never attempted pruning the
leading portion to attempt to make it branch. The way
I got the morning glories to cover the entire area I
wanted covered was to plant a bunch of seeds then thin
them out if they needed to be.
Mine have sent up a second tendril but it is far, far shorter than the
original. I think you may want more than one to get the spread you are
looking for. I have three and the coverage isn't as thick as I
expected. Also the lower leaves tend to shed. I see new leaves
starting on many existing vines so I'm hoping they all bush out a
little more. I have no flowers yet.
DiGiTAL ViNYL (no email)
Zone 6b/7, Westchester Co, NY, 1 mile off L.I.Sound
1st Year Gardener
I planted morning glories in a pot - 5 sprouted and lived. They all sent up
first a single leader and now MANY secondary side shoots. The variety I
planted is called Early Call, which supposedly will bloom earlier for us.
Mine have now climbed to about 3 1/2 feet. (I planted them in the pot of an
old rubber plant which had passed on, and they are twining up the old dead
branches.). I don't know when exactly to expect blooms - the package said
about 50 days from sprouting, as I recall, which would mean that they might
bloom in the next week or so.
I'm growing several plants of 3 varieties, Heavenly Blue, Scarlet Red and
Moonflowers (which aren't actually morning glories but very similiar). I'm
doing my best to train them up my front porch. I put bamboo stakes in near
each plant to give them support to work thier way up to the porch itself.
They seem to respond well to this and my best plant (which I've had flowers
on daily for a little over a week now) is about 10-12ft tall and has several
offshoots. They seemed to do this naturally, once they have achieved
sufficient growth of the main vine. They have a tendancy to wrap around one
another, which helps to increase the leaf density around the porch. I
started these indoors in peat flats, gave them 2 weeks under a lamp and then
set them out in soil from along a stream near my house. They seem to enjoy
the very high hummus content in this soil.
I am guessing that the more they climb the more likely they will fire out
shoots. They curled readily around the stakes providing more overall
climbing area...this may have helped. Total I have around 14 plants of the 3
types. Only the heavenly blue has flowered so far.
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