If anyone has any info on this type Id sure appreciate it. In a southern window, it's growing like mad and is about to pop about 8 blossoms in January, a pleasant surprise in the dead of winter! I wasn't sure how they would do since I was planting then in pots and not the ground. Wonderfully fragrant enormous blooms at night, they smell like gardenias except more subtle. I am truly blessed by my heavenly moonflowers. I have several semi-shady trellises that I need to have covered, so I'd rather plant it in the shade. Moonflower is one of the most romantic plants you can grow in a garden. Instead, place trellis-style support one foot away from the house and train vines accordingly (can use loosely-tied twine to anchor stems to preferred location, if desired). On the contrary, in Richmond it seldom gets very warm during the summer. I understand that they could be difficult to grow. I love sitting out there with my beautiful white flowers. I purchased some of the plants already started, online from a seed company, and so far are doing okay. For Zones 4-7, pull vines down in the Autumn after seed pods have been collected (also, may be required to collect all seed pods). Hopefully both will vine down the fence and onto the shrubs below...maybe! You can actually watch these blooms open. I would have thought that it would have bloomed by now. 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. Has anyone had luck with it in the shade? Ipomoea (/ˌɪpəˈmiːə, -poʊ-/) is the largest genus in the flowering plant family Convolvulaceae, with over 600 species. If anyone knows of any other vines that bloom at night and aren't poisonus to animals ( i have 2 cats and a dog) I would like to know I am looking for other plants to grow other than the ones I do now which includes 2 types of jasmine, evergreen wisteria, potato vine, angel trumpet vine and occasionally morning glory and sweet pea. It had started to develop DIFFERENT LEAVES! On a warm summer’s evening, it’s pure joy to sit on a patio On May 29, 2012, td1026 from Groveland, FL wrote: I love this vine! On Apr 26, 2006, NaturzDiva from Natalia, TX (Zone 8b) wrote: This plant is one of my favorites. It did not start blooming until 2 days before the first frost. It is in full sun. On Feb 20, 2007, Violalee from Collinsville, CT (Zone 6a) wrote: I planted Moonflowers for the first time last year and was overjoyed with the result. You may hit too hard and destroy the seed. This is a beautiful vine, and the aroma at night is pleasant. It took a while for them to get started but when they did. My instinct to pull it up or poison it would be far too strong. They are in a sunny east window, where they'll be planted beneath. 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. I'm putting these this year where they'll get more sun, but they won't be close to the house where I can enjoy them more! I wouldn't recommend it to anyone unless they are ready for total coverage. I grew mine in part sun. It is easy to save seed, and the large purplish pods that hang throughout the late summer are an attractive addition to the display. Suggestions would be greatly appreciated! On Oct 30, 2007, dragonflydreams from Wilmington, NC (Zone 8b) wrote: the flowers are beautiful,i planted them at my front porch ,and opened the windows.they made the house smell great and i got lots of complements from everyone ,the only bad thing is they attract wasps, lots of them. Took a while for it to start blooming, but when it did, it went nuts! On May 13, 2004, LynneSun from Cape Town, wrote: I live in Cape Town, South Africa, and have just bought a Moonflower vine plant. Cover with waxed paper, NOT cling film, as that will suffocate the seeds. They might look different in your area. I planted them around a tree in my backyard with morning glory vines behind them closest to the tree. On Apr 4, 2016, NFlagator from (Zone 8b) wrote: I began growing Moonflowers in 2009 here in north Florida, Taylor County. WARNING: Every part of this plant is poisonous to humans when ingested (especially seeds). 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. When I bought the pack of seeds I had read that it's hard to get the seeds to germinate and when I finally planted them I put all 4 in the pot, 2 survived but I transplanted 1 and it died. 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! Obscure morning glory (Ipomoea obscura ) is the most similar, but its white flowers are much smaller than those of moonflower and have a much shorter floral tube (only 14-25 mm long). The store bought one I put in flowered at least a month earlier. Because the light potting soil, and allowing them to develop large leaves and some vines, I noticed, by the end of it, produced MUCH MORE blooms. It seems most fragrant when watered in the afternoon on a warm evening and starts flowering from mid Spring. re your Pets and Children play. Spectacular! I give up! I wasn't sure my seeds that were over a year old would germinate, but the ones I have planted this Spring are already up and growing. They usually don't flower until Labor Day weekend, but the leaves make a beautiful thick green screen and the flowers are so spectacular all through September and October that they are worth the wait. They grew like crazy up stakes in the pot and through my whole railing. I am able to stand silently near the blossoms and observe God's hand in action!!!! Although some say it likes heat I have found that it thrives better in warm not to hot weather as long as it has moist soil. I had to stick my nose in the flower to get any hint of scent, and was disappointed that they smelled like more like sunscreen than cloves or perfum... read moree like has been previously mentioned. Mine was slow to bloom since I planted the seeds late (sowed directly into ground in hot afternoon sun in very poor soil). I grew moon flowers on my deck in a container. Only four live plants from the whole packet. I have given three away and the new owners love them as well. If they aren't flowering, they are probably being over-watered. On Nov 3, 2004, FranciscoSantos from Brasília,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. It has been a delicate process, a lot of learning! It grows very fast down here. Hope this helps! If I am starting a lot of different seeds this way in the same pot, I mark the paper towels with the name of the seed with permanent marker which won't run when wet. At night the Hummingbird moth pays a visit. They need warm soil to sprout, so I plant them on Memorial Day weekend after soaking and nicking. The USDA PLANTS Database also shows this plant as a Noxious Weed in Arizona and Arkansas (40 miles to the south). The couple has passed on, but the Moonflowers are still going strong. Provide a sturdy support such as a trellis or fence for the vine to climb. It is a very strong, lush vine and the flowers are huge and they have a really great scent. They’ve evolved their white coloring to better attract the moth for the pollination necessary to perpetuate the species. The seedpods are a mess and will drop hundreds of seeds all over your yard. They can fly back up in your face, so use caution/eye protection. I planted some of my collected seeds in garden soil in small pots one year and some sprouted quickly while others showed no sign of growth. I tried planting a bunch of different things last summer, but I considered the Moonvine to be my greatest success. The first year, with no experience, I had loads of beautiful moonflowers. Kris, Louisville, KY. h some vining nasturium - I have the pot on a shelf towards the top of my 8 foot fence. 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. I water both pots every time the leaves are wilting and have even started using blue water. These seeds like WARMTH and MOISTURE. VERY fragrant @ night and are the size of a plate when they bloom. I wouldn't mind if it produced volunteers next year so I am not worried about deadheading for that reason. It's 5"-6" huge white flowers bloom from mid-summer to first fall frost. On Jul 25, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote: I have grown this plant from seed for the past five years both in pots and in the ground, and in the Atlanta area (zone 7b) and Northcentral Florida (zone 8b.) On Jan 23, 2010, CrabgrassCentrl from New Milford, CT wrote: As a novice gardener, I stuck a couple of donated seed in a pot here in Zone 5/6 on a sunny deck in summer 09. We are growing them indoors in pots. 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. Only soak the seeds over one night! On Aug 15, 2006, girldog from Detroit, MI (Zone 6a) wrote: Moonflowers have grown in my front yard for several years - as a perennial, in Detroit, MI. The name moonflower derives from their blooming in the evening and their being round in shape like a full moon. I had numerous flowers from late july until the end of September. tall. Once I had some attack a seed that had barely germinated....ate the seedling before it even got out of the seed pod! They don't bother them once they get bigger. As far as growing tips, lots of sun , lots of love, and a little luck is all you need. Several years ago I was introduced to and immediately intrigued by this plant. Moonflower Evening Glory White Seed by Ferry-Morse Write the First Review Questions & Answers Product Overview Our moonflower will produce huge delicately fragrant flowers that will be more than 4 in. I've read that the two vines grow fine with each other, and that way, you have flowers both night and day. At first I watered them every morning but when life got hectic and my garden was neglected these guys did well still. So I use Miracle Gro Bloom fertilizer at least once every three weeks or so. On Jul 31, 2009, camberwelbeauty from Winchester, VA wrote: I think it will be positive! I have no clue what happened here. I usually have little sprouts in 5 days. I now live in California and have planted seeds on the south side of my house to help provide shade when it's hot. e like has been previously mentioned. On Aug 23, 2006, marmie5 from Huntsville, MO wrote: I am growing moon flowers near Huntsville, Missouri. Foliage, flowers, and even the root are toxic. On Jul 8, 2016, moonflower1776 from Youngstown, OH (Zone 5b) wrote: The Moonflower vine (10-30 feet in length) is very easy to grow from seed (with a few helpful tips) and requires little maintenance, however, it can be "fussed" over as much as desired. Hardy & easy to grow, they were a fun plant for my children to grow when they were younger. This is a large vine--mine are currently about 18 feet long, growing atop a six foot fence. This is one of my favorite native plants, even though I havn't yet attempted to grow it. I've had the best results direct-sowing presoaked seed in early June. Those of you who are have the woody plant with the spiky seedpods do not have Ipomoea alba, but instead you have Datura. On Aug 6, 2011, LearningTheWays from Petaluma, CA (Zone 9a) wrote: In the middle of May this year, I filled a 14" pot with potting mix (Miracle-Gro® Potting Mix, 0.21 - 0.07 - 0.14) and planted 3 seeds (from Renees Garden) that I had soaked for ~6 hrs in tepid water. On Apr 26, 2005, petertan from Singapore,Singapore (Zone 11) wrote: Hullo. It's starting to get a "Little Shop of Horrors" feel to it; I'm afraid to stand too close or turn my back. Hearing all the great descriptions, I am so looking forward to planting seeds and seeing amazing results!! Texture is sinfully sensual, a cross between leather and satin. They are very popular with ev... read moreeryone who sees them. And it does bloom daily. <... read morebr /> I was born in Louisiana, and lived in New Orleans, where we had a moonflower vine for several years. On Aug 9, 2007, upsydaisy from Rochester, IN wrote: I have loved this plant since I was a child. Grow some along a fence with Datura inoxia at the base for some nighttime activity. On Oct 15, 2013, nathanieledison from Santa Rosa, CA (Zone 9b) wrote: Santa Rosa, CA - Sunset zone 14/15, USDA 9b/10a Just try another. On Sep 29, 2007, lee_ro from Raleigh, NC wrote: (Raleigh, NC zone 7) The smell of moonflowers is evident when walking on Florida beaches at night...the warm breezes and the wonderful scent. On Jul 19, 2007, Lalasland from Midland City, AL wrote: I planted moonflower seeds this year for the first time. I'm growing them in a pot with nasturtiums. I also have collected the seeds and started them indoors to get a head start in spring. Usually you get 10 seeds in a package and about 2-3 will be duds, so plan accordingly with how many packets of seeds you need to buy for the coverage that you want. 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). This year I am growing them in a hanging basket and they are doing poorly - no blooms and foliage is light green and barely spilling over side of pot. They germinated and have sprouted up in 5 days. 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