just today I got some of the seeds out of the pods and have probably 500 seeds. It is SO much easier getting a start from a place like Annie's Annuals for like $5 rather than to go to all the trouble to get the things to germinate. Also, people are mentioning a lovely scent that comes from the flowers. Germination occurs within 5 days or so. On Mar 27, 2010, clpgirl from Chippewa Lake, OH (Zone 5b) wrote: First year WS, and WS'd Moonflower seeds. Planted seeds a few weeks ago (April 24th 2010), some are in pots and a few are in the soil. On Aug 31, 2014, keirasmom from Fayetteville, NC wrote: This is a beautiful and very fragrant plant. Nowadays, as a transplant myself, and for the past several years, I have planted the Ipomoea alba seeds in areas of the yard that won't sport other preferred vines. I would believe from your description it would be a morning glory. Grow in full sun for the best blooms. Zone 5 with a zone 7 micro climate until winter hits. I started the seeds inside very early to give them a head start(Feb or March). Moonflower (Ipomoea alba) is also known as tropical white morning-glory or moon vine. Needs care for it not to become weedy; its flowers open at night with a sweet scent attracting bats. It is a very strong, lush vine and the flowers are huge and they have a really great scent. On Mar 4, 2007, ccjacko1910 from Crescent City, CA wrote: this plant grows like a weed in this arewa. These are gorgeous, interesting plants! I thought it would never come up, but when it did, the thing went ballistic. Soak seeds overnight and/or nick the seed coat before planting. It had not set seeds yet. They were especially lovely in the early morning beside my just waking Morning glories. The comments here referring to a bushy plant that does not climb are talking about Jimson weed, Datura... read more stramonium. I always save seed, from the year before. On Sep 14, 2007, SimbiDlo from Snyder, TX wrote: This is my second year to try and grow this and I finaly was able to get it going! Ideal hottub/patio vine for fragrance. You may hit too hard and destroy the seed. If anyone knows what this is if it not moonflower, please let me know. It has grown full and lush and gone everywhere! Kris, Louisville, KY. On Jun 22, 2010, Erminetrude from Oxford,United Kingdom wrote: Looks much too much like bindweed. I have looked at the photos and they show either 1 type or the other. Tender perennial vine is usually grown as a tender annual. It has beautiful heart-shaped green leaves and large (5-8 inch diameter), fragrant, blooms that open in the evening and close in the morning. from April-June, blooms are not very fragrant and flower does not open fully. Like most vines, they like their roots cool and deep. There are other color varieties, too. I've n... read moreoticed that pillbugs (roly-polys) absolutely love the seedlings of moonflowers. The climate here is quite a bit cooler than the rest of Humboldt County, rarely getting warmer than the 60's. Bought an insecticide.....but still pinch one or two of those buggers off the half eaten leaves everyday. But earlier there were comments about Ipomoea alba growing in shade - moonflower is a heat loving plant, I've got one that is blooming now in half day sun and there's a huge one at Annie's in Richmond that is completely shaded and blooming like nobody's business. The symptoms can include delirium, bizarre behavior, fast heart rate, high body temperature, dilated pupils, and amnesia. The flowers that opened at night were mildly fragrant and beautiful, but were sometimes outweighed by the 'invasiveness' of this plant. The next morning, take a water-proof tray with a slight lip and line the tray with two paper towels (for thickness). On Sep 16, 2008, patandfritz from Gowanda, NY wrote: I grew the Moon Flowers this summer. and we'd sit there and watch the flowers open! They were definetely a part of the same plant! I had some trouble sprouting them indoors. br /> I then did some research and found out that scarifying the seeds helps greatly, as well as soaking the seeds in half water and half hydrogen peroxide solution for 24 hours. This is the first year I have planted moon vines. Easy to grow, these are one of the few morning glory type vines that will handle the high heat & humidity of Florida (I don't have luck with any other varieties from seed). Fragrant 4- to 6-inch-wide flowers give white moonflower (Ipomoea alba) its name -- they open in early evening … Then, place just one layer of paper towels ov... read moreer this and hydrate that, making sure that everything is very moist. I had numerous flowers from late july until the end of September. If anyone has any info on this type Id sure appreciate it. On Jun 21, 2010, OITGAD from Hicksville, NY wrote: I love this plant and have had success every time I've planted the seedlings. If you live in a warm climate, check with local agencies before planting moonflower. I've had the best results direct-sowing presoaked seed in early June. I think I have gotten more pleasure out of this plant than any I have ever planted and will definitely do it again next year. But am enjoying the beautiful greenery and will certainly pursue if we're not successful with blooms this time. Thanks Sonniesue2u. Got a small plant from a local nursery. Boy, are they happy! morning glory Ipomoea violacea is a perennial species of Ipomoea (morning glory) that occurs throughout the tropics, growing in coastal regions. My next-door neighbor had a metal gazebo right next to the fence that the trellis was placed against....within a day or so, this vine would begin to reach over the fence and wrap around the gazebo. On full moon nights they look magnificant! I'm in Singapore, in the tropics, and new to this plant, but I wanted something hardy to grow up a trellis. That method works well too to get them to germinate. I cut back when it gets so cool in the fall that the leaves start turning yellow and brown and there aren't any new blooms. In early spring I first lightly nick the seeds, then soak them in warmish water for at least 24 hours, then wrap in wet paper towels and put them in a covered old cooking pot in a warm place, like on top of the refrigerator. Should I add something to adjust the fertilizer ratios? On Aug 20, 2004, wilsong from Rock Hill, SC wrote: I planted my vine from seed in April and had to wait until late July for blooms, but they have been well worth the wait. On Sep 14, 2010, caitriona from Rapid City, SD wrote: This has been our first year growing Moonflowers. It grows very fast down here. On Aug 9, 2007, upsydaisy from Rochester, IN wrote: I have loved this plant since I was a child. Moonflower is a beautiful vining plant that produces pure white flowers, that span 6 inches in diameter. Even so, it often comes into bloom around Labor Day. My parents moved to a new house, and this strange plant started growing in one of their flower boxes. No flowers since. The flower is very beautiful, luminous and white - I really love it and its scent! As long as they get enough water, they will not disappoint. I felt very lucky to find this site. the bamboo stake it was planted with (best not to disturb the soil once planted, or it will most likely suddenly die). I've never seen this creeper in SA before & want to make sure I plant it in the right position. If you click on the state name at the bottom of the page, it will give you more information on invasive or noxious species in those states, but I. alba is never mentioned. The couple has passed on, but the Moonflowers are still going strong. I have only seen pictures and think they are beautiful and look forward to enjoying them in my garden. I'd recommend it for any garden, including native plant or wildlife gardens! They must be re-seeding themselves. I also have collected the seeds and started them indoors to get a head start in spring. They don't voluteer well, so I plant them every spring. Soak seeds in warm water for four to eight hours before you plant them. It has pink, red and green flowers as well as white. A morning misting seems to also be beneficial, as it deadheading spent flowers, to preventing them going to seed. We are in the caost redwoods about 1/2 mile from the ocean and each winter they die down and each spring the climb and bloom. What's the recommended fertilizer rate ... read morefor these guys? Each stem carries several 4-inch-long buds. Pot Planting: It is also possible to plant in a pot buried in the garden for the Spring/Summer and then dig up the pot in the Autumn to save the roots for planting the following Spring. My problem was not enough sun. Several years ago I was introduced to and immediately intrigued by this plant. The vine is so lovely and the aroma at night is so sweet. In all, I have had only 2 seasons where I got little to no luck with them. I hope y'all are enjoying yours as much as I do mine!! This foliage continues to grow. Gave 6 away but the 4 I have are doing Great. It was such a good experience and made such good memories! They tolerate the heat here, and there is no lovelier smell in the garden. Then I put each sprout in a little peat pellet. Ipomoea alba, sometimes called the tropical white morning-glory or moonflower or moon vine, is a species of night-blooming morning glory, native to tropical and subtropical regions of North and South America, from Argentina to northern Mexico, Florida and Puerto Rico. Too bad we can't bottle that scent! Another vine makes its way up an old clothesline post. Chao! Plant this fast growing vine on the front porch, deck, patio, or under a window where you can enjoy its evening performance and heady fragrance. Once you have a healthy vine with lots of flowers, you should have seeds to keep and share for a lifetime. I've planted the amongst my perennials (not the best idea - they tend to strangle my lily and hemerocallis stalks), had them climb up my katsura tree or climb up a trellis. It seems most fragrant when watered in the afternoon on a warm evening and starts flowering from mid Spring. Mostly due to poor soil conditions in the garden and secondly because I didn't want this plant to take over. Also, the seeds should be scarified before they go in the soil, so I like to use a coarse nail file to remove the seed shell in a few small random areas. If there was a moonflower vine scented perfume I would wear it. In June, I uncovered and moved the pot to our deck where I had set up a trellis against the railing, with south-east exposure. Susan. On Apr 14, 2004, argentina from Fort Pierce, FL wrote: Grew them in Fort Pierce, Florida (USDA Zone 9), from seed. I don't think it will ever go away. It grew somewhat slow compared to other ipomoeas. On Apr 27, 2005, JaxFlaGardener from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote: Some of my Moonflower vines reseed themselves, but seem to wait until the ambient temperatures are very warm, around June, to germinate in the ground (NE Fla, borderline Zone 8b/9a), then bloom around September to frost. On Apr 16, 2008, CurtisJones from Broomfield, CO (Zone 5b) wrote: From your friends at Botanical Interests: Moonflower is an annual 10'-20' vine, related to Morning Glories. <... read morebr /> These are quite attractive near a porch or veranda where their fragrance can be enjoyed by the moonlight. Soak the seeds overnight in a small dish, starting with lukewarm water. Our climate's Mediterranean - right now it's supposed to be late autumn/early winter and temps are ranging from lows of 12 to highs of 27 deg C. It's a winter rainfall area. Moonflower is a self-seeder, so if you don't want it to return next year, pick off the spent flowers so that they don't form seed pods. I had one in a pot and I was training it up the porch moving a few thumb tacks up each day to hold up the new shoots. On Jun 19, 2007, lightningbug from Buffalo, MN wrote: Lightning bug in Rockford, MN The marked difference, Moonflower are vining habit, and the trunk could be slightly purplish green and big. I planted them mainly in pots a couple of weeks ago, and it's amazing that they're at different levels of growth. On Jun 30, 2008, ricoandlilysmom from Cedar Lake, IN wrote: Ipomoea alba.........what a romantic beauty! that's why I liked them. We have had some pretty HOT days 105, about 3 weeks in a row. They got big fast and then I stuck them into a bed I had prepared by simply digging up the grass, turning the soil, and sprinkling some potting soil and peat moss over the top (I was a beginner then, sorry). If building has siding, do not permit vines to climb on it (vines will grow under siding edges to anchor themselves and possibly damage structural integrity). In general, moonflower seeds are sold without a variety designation, often as an heirloom plant. Just try another. So PLEASE DO NOT plant these deadly beauties whe... read morere your Pets and Children play. Helped with the start of the wrapping but they took off. I've had to start them in peat pots to avoid this. The ones that lived are doing great. Large white blooms. I would have thought that it would have bloomed by now. I'm really looking forward to watching these flowers bloom and trail up on the fence. I am in awe of the copius amount of sweet smelling blooms it yields and I have a nightly ritual where I stand by my moonflowers at dusk and wait for the hummingbird moths to come and feed on the sweet necture. Luckily I always manage to harvest enough for next year's crop despite predations by those seeking their funkier delights because they do produce a prolific number of seeds with a very high germination rate. I'm veeery new at gardening and am happy that I got anything at all (I know I know, I'm starting a little late). Easy to grow from seed. All of our seeds are non-GMO and safe for you and your family. Place the pots in a warm, sunny indoor place and keep the soil moist until seedlings appear. The only other thing I do is plant the seed when the weather starts to get really hot. This is one of my favorite native plants, even though I havn't yet attempted to grow it. On Aug 23, 2007, cececoogan from Waukesha, WI (Zone 5a) wrote: I planted Moon Vine for the very first time this year. On Apr 10, 2011, magicgardengirl from Belton, MO wrote: This plant needs humidity and warmth to grow well. The flowers are large, not as fragrant as advertised, but do open while you watch in the evening, despite a plethora of street lights all around. I'm going to go try giving it some Miracle Grow-- I guess if it's doing well without any maintenence it could do better with some nutrients! On Sep 3, 2007, Fairy1004 from (bestest fairy)Temperance, MI (Zone 5b) wrote: I was told that what I have is moonflower. The blooms kept coming. My plants are about 7 feet tall and bright green leaves. Day-blooming morning glories will flower when the sun is out, and the moonflowers will take over as the sun goes down. a dry spot like a pantry or closet. They usually grow about 15 feet long. And shared characters i.e. On Apr 25, 2004, Bemhawk from Sterling, VA wrote: I live in Northern Virginia and have been planting Moonflowers from seed every spring for the past seven years. I start mine indoors in late March, while waiting for the outdoor temps to stay above 60 F degrees, as it is still dipping into the 40's and 50's at night. This plant grew rapidly, & tremendously beautiful . I planted it in mid/late spring and as of this note, it's early August. So far they have not sprouted all over. We save seeds to include them in our yearly Christmas gift baskets we prepare for friends in our area. On Jun 29, 2006, BevHart from Lucama, NC (Zone 7b) wrote: I grew mine from seed as well, but I wasn't expecting a "vine" to be so thick! I just repotted some of the plants from the original pot. It freaked me out, consuming our deck lights to the point where you couldn't see them. I had as many as 40 blooms each evening. I don't nick the seeds...I soak them overnight before planting in trays in late February. On Nov 3, 2004, FranciscoSantos from Bras�lia,Brazil wrote: This is an interesting plant that can also be grown from rootings, spontaneous seedlings may be collected at vacant lots during rainy season and planted as well. They look wonderful too; climbing small trees. An... read morey advice would be welcome. The trick I've discovered is to not plant it too early, as it won't grow well until the night are warm, 70 degrees+. I have given three away and the new owners love them as well. On Jun 21, 2010, thmpr from Eureka, CA wrote: When I lived in Kansas and Missouri, the hot summer weather always allowed me to easily grow huge moonflower vines within a very short period of time. (A big plus!) And as it a large, vigorous plant with lots of leaf surface and big flowers, it needs a correspondingly large amount of water and fertilizer. Can't wait till they bloom! On Dec 4, 2015, smileclick from Sydney,Australia wrote: I grew mine from seed in a moist peat pellet in a heated propagator last summer (I uploaded a timelapse video of the seed sprouting on youtube, that you might find interesting, entitled 'fast growing moonflower vine - seedling timelapse'). A fascinating and sweetly-scented 'Belle de Nuit', Ipomoea alba (Moonflower) earns its name from its pure white flowers which open in the evening and close when touched by the morning sun. It had started to develop DIFFERENT LEAVES! I do not have to really water this and have never done anything to fertilize these. On Apr 6, 2015, Cahow from HARBERT, MI wrote: I've been living with, loving and planting Moonflowers for 6 decades! Every local garden center has Ipomoea alba seeds however, & I'm sure they would do much better just a few miles further inland. On Mar 17, 2009, DMgardener from (Daniel) Mount Orab, OH (Zone 6b) wrote: I direct sowed these plants in early June 2007. Filing/cracking never worked for me, sadly. But are there different breeds of moon flowers because my moonflowers are more of a bush than vine and the seed pods are almost scary looking because they are covered with spikes all over it. We did have a very light frost this winter. The moonflower is tolerant of a wide variety of soil types and acidity levels, but it does best in soil is nutrient-rich loam. My mother got from my Aunt. At first I watered them every morning but when life got hectic and my garden was neglected these guys did well still. This spring I bought a pack of Ipomoea moonflower seeds out of curiosity, to see if they'd be anything like the lovely scented blooms I was so familiar with. There is an Ipomoea species found in every state except for Idaho and Alaska (but those two states have members of the Convolvulaceae family present - the very similar genera Calystegia and Convolvulus.) These spectacular flowers unfurl from cone-shaped buds as the sun goes down and on some cloudy days. Once nighttime temperatures have reached 50 degrees, plant the seedlings—still in their peat pots—into the garden or into larger containers. The thick vines and heart-shaped leaves are appealing in any weather, and the conical white flowers that bloom between the summer and fall seasons can light up even the dullest space with something that looks beautiful and stylish. I would have given it a negative but can I be the only one? So I just plant it every year. Last winter it lost all but a few small leaves (mid winter temperature was down to around 5�C/40�F), but the dormant vine came to life early spring filling out the top of the v-shaped, 6'x1.5' trellis I installed on ... read morethe bamboo stake it was planted with (best not to disturb the soil once planted, or it will most likely suddenly die). But they only bloom after the sun goes down. I nick the seeds and set them right into the planting medium. Hope this helps! I don't do any special preparation of... read more the seeds (such as nicking or soaking) and still get good germination. They're the "star" attraction for any "moon garden". Hope this helps! The store bought one I put in flowered at least a month earlier. Used the soak in water over-night method. Luckily this plant is only an annual in this area....otherwise I would have had a real problem on my hands. What everyone is describing sounds wonderful! On Jun 12, 2007, grandma_deal from Tulsa, OK (Zone 6b) wrote: An elderly couple who lived next door gave me a young Moonflower plant about 25 years ago. The first year, with no experience, I had loads of beautiful moonflowers. After the seedlings are big enough to survive cutworms, etc. It needs very little room for it's roots and usually needs two cups a day. Mine are about 3-4 feet tall and very thick sturdy stems, they have large green spiny seed pods the size of golf balls, no vining habit at all, just sturdy shrub like plants. You just want a good hairline crack . On Aug 10, 2007, sunnytop56 from Lincoln, NE (Zone 5a) wrote: I can't grow this plant. On Aug 17, 2004, blugld from Fort Mill, SC (Zone 7b) wrote: I, like several others, have had great luck growing a vine. I anticipate the flowers and now hope to grow them every year! I am in hardiness zone 6b so this vine is an annual here. When the seed sprouts and the root is about a half inch long I transfer it into a small pot of soil (root side down), and keep it moist and warm. I deadhead the spent blooms the following morning, and when I have let them go (like gone for vacation), there are considerably less new blooms (but isn't that true for most flowering plants:)). It's worth the effort. An awsome vine. Ipomoea Species, Moonflower, Moon Vine, Giant White Moonflower, Evening Glory (Ipomoea alba) by JJsgarden Aug 17, 2001 12:00 PM. This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions: On Oct 27, 2019, MJP0777 from Kissimmee, FL wrote: Many years ago, as a visiting Hoosier I discovered the moonflower growing wild along a creek in Bradenton, Florida during winter vacation. September 8, 2003: Have just collected three seeds from my first dried pod, but there are many, many pods hanging on the vines, and the vines are still vigorously blooming, better than ever, now that our rains have abated somewhat and they are getting more sun. Because they encourage us outside to see the flowers in all their glory, we experience our gardens in a different way than during daylight. On Mar 29, 2006, leo4ever from Bronx, NY (Zone 6a) wrote: Hello, I Live in The Bronx , New York. I watered heavily and fertilized with MG liquid ea... read morech week, sometime twice a week. Learn tips for creating your most beautiful (and bountiful) garden ever. I store them in regular paper envelopes (marked with the plant's name) in a cardboard shoebox so they can "breathe," and keep the shoebox in... read more a dry spot like a pantry or closet. I bought a plant from a nursery last year, but this year I also started some from seeds. She had them in the back where the alleys/driveways are. Thanks. As you can tell I don't really fertilize the plants or do anything else. I picked and chose the best responses, and got a great result! On Jul 27, 2005, Levdrakon from Colorado Springs, CO (Zone 5a) wrote: I can't, as yet, report that this plant is cultivatable in my coolish micro-climate zone, here on the Monterey Peninsula, CA. They germinated and have sprouted up in 5 days. One word of caution though the seeds are poison, so watch near children or pets. Every day I would see a shoot. On Apr 26, 2005, petertan from Singapore,Singapore (Zone 11) wrote: Hullo. Will keep you posted. It is so old-fashioned! (I have grown the white also). White Morning Glory flower seeds grow wild in the southern United States as well as in tropical areas of South America and Africa. Sometimes I think the moonflowers turned into morning glories. Last year's vines didn't last water weaning. It's 5"-6" huge white flowers bloom from mid-summer to first fall frost. The smell of moonflowers is evident when walking on Florida beaches at night...the warm breezes and the wonderful scent. Product Overview. Keep your fingers crossed for me and I will update in a couple of months. I urged them to pull it up, thinking it had to be a weed, but they left it to see what it might be. ( a tad bit)because it would block their entrance to a little gate- path ( I did not mind but it hurt me a little). I try to harvest the seeds when I can but majority of the time I have better luck just buying them from the store every year. The fact they re-sow may be a positive for me. I do not crack them, I put them in moist paper towel for a day or two. On Jan 19, 2009, altoclef from Los Altos, CA wrote: Los Altos, California I got a lot of helpful info from here, being that I'm new to gardening. I am able to stand silently near the blossoms and observe God's hand in action!!!! I bought 2 young plants last year from a local shop. On Sep 1, 2007, 73stingray from Aiken, SC wrote: Our pods are about 3-4 inches in length and green; they appear to be about to open. This close relative of the morning glory has similar heart shaped leaves that are a rich green and 4-8 (10-20 cm) inches long. Hoping for lots of seeds to share, and also to use next year. The fragrance is unforgetable. I love the way they cover everything. Fun to watch the flowers open late in the evening... start to finish opening takes about 30 seconds... after all the leaves just separate. Any suggestions? I wish we had a longer growing season here in Pennsylvania so these would stick around longer. lol). Write the First Review Questions & Answers . We have tried different remedies that have taken their toll on the plant, along with the pesky bugs. There are several beautiful, glowing white flowers each evening, with a distinct but delicate aroma. This lets the water in. Grow in full sun for the best blooms. I have also tried folding them in a moist paper towel and then sealing it in a plastic bag to retain moisture. Mine is not extremely floriferous and regrettably I don't get a chance to go out back in the night and witness every beautiful bloom. then move them to a covered patio to harden off after the last frost. Loving the outdoors like I do, especially warm summer nights, nothing is better than the sight of the moon vine, the lovely fragrance and a glass of wine! 18 feet long, white petals slowly unfurl as the sun moonflower evening glory white it. 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