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John mcleod
This is the first time I have grown morning glory from seed. I am wondering what it is best to climb up. I have a fixed wire mesh attached to a fence that I grow my sweet peas up. I also have a 6ft wooden fence. My question is. What is the best way to grow these. Should I just let them wind their way up the fence with a little help. Grow them in with the sweet peas or grow them up their own frame? Thanks I advance

I usually make  teepee with bamboo canes - then they wind their way up by themselves and look fantastic 


(I've been told off for calling the cane structure a wigwam - apparently a wigwam is a domed shelter covered with animal skins )

flowering rose

some sort of mesh they don't like being transplanted and are not as tough as there sister plant bindweed.

Orchid Lady

Who told you off Dove?  I always call it a wigwam and they are also advertised as a wigwam!!  It's a wigwam without the cover 

Anyway back to OP, I have just sown my Morning Glory John and was wondering the same.  I'm definitely not mixing in with my sweet peas though and was thinking of doing them up netting against the fence, but now I've read Dove's post I might put them up a wigwam too  Maybe a wigwam in a big planter on the patio area  With Poached Egg Plant at the bottom to feed the invisible Indians......I'm being silly now LOL 


Jim Macd

Lets just say you make a tent for your morning glory.

Orchid Lady

Canes tied together at the top  

I did actually just google wigwam and the proper definition is correct, as Dove said, however (and this is what confused me!) children's 'tents' advertised as wigwams are what we know as wigwams, so in effect the companies making these 'wigwmans' are teaching us wrong from an early wonder we are all confuzzled!!!! 

John mcleod
Thanks guys for your advice. I will make a wigwam!! To grow them up. Just need to find a space for that! Or perhaps as suggested I will grow them in pots would look great on my patio. Do they prefer full sun all day or can the be partial shade?
Orchid Lady

I'm not sure on that one John but I'm hoping it's sun as my garden gets sun all day when it's out 

Wigwams all round then  I am definitely putting mine in a huge pot I have so they will have lots of room.


A bit of mid-day shade is good, because it sometimes allows the flowers to last more than 1 day.

I am sure you know this but it is too early to be planting them outside, as they are very cold sensitive. Even when they are inside being next to a cold window at night can damage the foliage. I dont plant them out till June.


If they are planted out too soon the leaves go white!!!  Poor things, they look very poorly when that happens.  

when I only had a tiny back yard I grew them in large pots of  MPC up a cane structure (call it what you will ) - they were happiest shielded from the midday sun but can cope with it if they get plenty of water - they are thirsty. 


Not only are they sensitive to cold but the slugs and snails love them, so provide really good protection from the minute they are planted. I often take the base and top off a plastic bottle and put that around them.

Keyser Soze

Going to train mine up a totem pole

I agree, don't even put them in an unheated greenhouse. The two trays I did that with are now all looking yellow and sad whereas the third tray which is still in our lounge are going mad.

Orchid Lady

Mine are in the GH inside bags, I thought I read they could go in the GH??  I'm sure one is starting to germinate too and only sowed them at weekend, but the temp hasn't gone below 6c this week.


Orchid Lady

I've brought them inside....silly me, hope I've not damaged them 


I had some self seed in my tiny inner city yard - they'll probably survive OL, but they will sulk while it's not warm enough for them. 

Orchid Lady

A but like me now then Dove 

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