Growing and Plant Care Guide for Moonflower Vines

If your garden area is used for relaxation and evening entertainment, add the tempting fragrance of the moonflower in the garden. The large white or purple flowers on a vine provide an amazing scent at night when growing these plants.

Moonflower plants (Ipomoea alba) are perennial vines in subtropical areas, but gardeners with cold winters can grow moonflower plants as annuals.

They are one of the most romantic plants you can grow in a garden. The large trumpet-shaped flowers bloom at night and remain open until dawn.

Plant details

Moonflower, devil's trumpet, jimsonweed, a prickly apple tree - these are just a few of the many common names for this annual self-seeding. As the name Moonflower suggests, many varieties only open at night. The long, white petals slowly unfold as night falls, eventually opening into trumpet-shaped flowers.

As soon as morning comes, the flowers return to their closed form.

While the moonflower's night blooms are certainly impressive, the greenish-gray tropical-looking leaves are another attractive feature of this plant. Be careful though: the leaves have a pungent odor when crushed.

Moonflower is native to North America and was founded near Jamestown, Virginia. This plant has a herbaceous character and, in some cases, it can become somewhat invasive. As the life of the beautiful white flowers comes to an end, a prickly pod begins to develop.

Spines are initially soft, but as they age and expand, they become hard and sharp. Once ripe, the fruits open and drop hundreds of seeds for next year's growth.

How to grow a moonflower vine

Moonflowers in the garden don't need a lot of ground space as they can grow quickly. Provides a trellis or other support for vigorous vines. Growing moonflowers can reach up to 20 feet, curling up on anything within reach.

You can pinch the growing moonflowers at the top of the vine, as part of the moonflower care, to force the bloom downward. Moonflower plants are winter hardy perennials in zones 10-11, but in colder zones, they can be effectively grown as annuals.

They grow easily from seed when planted in somewhat fertile soil, but adapt to other soil conditions. In colder climates, the seeds can be planted six to eight weeks before the soil outside warms up.

Plant moonflowers outside when the outside temperature is constant between 15-20 ° C. Some growers find that the grouping of roots in the pot encourages early blooming in plants with moonflowers.

Moonflower vines can grow in large containers, or you can plant them in the ground. More moonflowers can be started from the division of existing plant roots.

Cover moonflower roots in southern areas and dig them up for winter storage in colder areas. The light requirements for growing moonflowers are adaptable, but more sun means more flowers.

Moonflower Care

Water small plants regularly and provide additional water as the moonflower branches grow. Regular fertilization at half strength with a high phosphorus fertilizer encourages more blooms on this plant.

Too much nitrogen fertilizer can limit flowers and create abundant foliage growth.

Now that you have learned how to grow a moonflower vine and how to care for moonflowers, be sure to add a few to your garden or any sunny area where you can enjoy the beautiful flowers and fantastic nighttime fragrance, especially in the night garden.

Note: Many of the Ipomea species contain lysergic acid, especially the seeds, which can be toxic if ingested. Keep these plants away from small children or pets in the garden.

We hope you enjoy this video about tips for growing moonflowers:

Source: eHow

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