Scarlett O’Hara morning glory delights

With near daily watering the old morning glory seeds are producing nicely.

Say hello to Miss O’Hara

Ipomoea Nil ‘Scarlett O’Hara / Scarlet O’Hara’

Annual Vine with large heart shape emerald leaves.

Deep hot pink flowers with white throats emerge mid-summer.

Multiple stems grow vigorously

Morning glories are easy to grow and prolific seeders. And now we also know seeds can store well when kept in a dark cool area.

To Propagate Stored Seeds:  Seeds must be stratified (1) before planting if you purchase a packet from the store in spring.  In early spring, soak seeds for an hour in warm water – you can then scar up/nick  the outer shell in prep for putting in the fridge for at least 4 weeks.  American meadows suggests you can nick seeds by using sand paper.  You want to reveal the lighter brown inside.

For MGs in Colorado you can just let the seeds drop and you will have seedlings in late spring.

Morning glory seeds store well

 

Hint: Do not let these go to seed in a bed you don’t intend them to stay.

I have picked many a morning glory baby out of the flower bed when I allowed one to grow alongside clematis.

They now grow in recycle bins and cover both sides of the hog fence entry.  Being in the hottest and sunniest spot of the yard, the big leaves melt in afternoon sun.  But stand up nicely for a morning show.   I’m hoping these will welcome visitors with many years of annual beauty.

Wikipedia Definition: In horticulture, stratification is a process of treating seeds to simulate natural conditions that the seeds must experience before germination can occur. Many seed species have an embryonic dormancy phase, and generally will not sprout until this dormancy is broken.[1]

From 2006,  a Lilly Miller – packaged under the name Scarlett O’Hara

I need morning glories, will seed from 2005 germinate?

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