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19/06/2012 at 15:02

I have sown too many morning glory and they have all germinated. I have run out of climbing places, has anyone tried growing them in a hanging basket as a trailer?

19/06/2012 at 18:55
Never have, but I cant see why it would'nt work. You could always grow them over other plants and shrubs as well.
20/06/2012 at 05:30
LORELEI wrote (see)
...You could always grow them over other plants and shrubs as well.

I have tried growing morning glory through roses, and climbing up tall lilies. But it was too vigourous, and I had to remove it in both cases. It can act a bit like bindweed (though not perennial). It might possibly work with bigger and stronger shrubs.

No harm in trying it out of a basket.

20/06/2012 at 09:08

Depends on which MG you have, kate. Some are ideal for hanging baskets, others need a lot more root space.

20/06/2012 at 09:09

Lorelei and Gary thanks for the advice, I did worry that if I planted them next to a shrub without support that they may swamp it. I will try the hanging baskets as it seems a shame to waste the seedlings when it has been such a tough year for annuals.

20/06/2012 at 09:11

Italophile they are annuals ? Which ones need the root space?

20/06/2012 at 10:47

Not the annuals. The perennials, the monsters that can take over the world if not kept in check. You're okay.

20/06/2012 at 12:20
Gary Hobson wrote (see)
I have tried growing morning glory through roses, and climbing up tall lilies. But it was too vigourous, and I had to remove it in both cases. It can act a bit like bindweed (though not perennial). It might possibly work with bigger and stronger shrubs.

No harm in trying it out of a basket.

As a matter of interest, ipomea is regarded as a pernicious weed, every bit as bad as bindweed, in its native habitat (Florida, I believe), where it is a perennial. Luckily, we don't have that problem here - although you may find that it seeds heavily, and you get a lot of babies next year.

20/06/2012 at 12:27

It's worse than a pernicious weed in Australia. It used to smother everything - and I mean everything - in our backyard in Sydney.

Different climate, obviously.

Just a tad.

20/06/2012 at 13:54

Thanks for the advice, I have a perennial but it has not liked this cold summer.

21/06/2012 at 16:13

Hi Kate, I put morning glory in a hanging basket a couple of years ago and it didn't really work. They just seemed to wrap them selves around all the chains and the bracket and anything else it came into contact with. There were very few leaves and only a couple of flowers...nothing much at all really. 

That said I also planted some in the conventional way (growing up a trellis) last year with much the same results. So it's probably me doing something wrong or they don't like my garden however I did notice some small plants growing in the same place again this year so I can only think that they must have self seeded and I didn't know that was a possibility 

21/06/2012 at 16:33

Tattianna thanks for the advice, someone mentioned last year that they successfully grew peas in hanging baskets as it removed the slug problem. I have had self seeded plants in the past, I just assumed that it needed the right set of conditions.

21/06/2012 at 19:25

Kate- am growing some this year around the edges of large terracotta pots, filled with cosmos, so that they hang down over the edges. well that's the plan. Have chosen a more 'compact' variety, but would think any should work.

Pinched the idea from seeing them used in that way at RHS Harlow Carr last year. J.

23/06/2012 at 14:46

kate I ve got some growing in my hanging baskets Like you I had a surplus of plants -gave some away and put 2 in each of the hanging baskets in front already had a couple of flowers and they've started twining around the chains The variety I grew were Carnevale di Venezia which are quite vigorous but hey..............!!!!

Only problem being that you shouldn't feed them as they won't flower as well so I guess I'll have a lot of foliage.

Got myself a heated propagator a couple of years ago to give seeds a good start and have had nearly 100% success rate . Love it - better than shoes !!!

23/06/2012 at 15:42

Jo I was concerned about growing them with other plants as I was worried that they would wind around their stems. Let us know how it goes

Jean thank for the tip about feeding, I only have MG in my baskets so I can avoid feeding them. I remember the days when I bought shoes

23/06/2012 at 20:32

Hi kate1123, I had to smile at your last sentance- I know that feeling- went shopping yesterday, not at all  interested in clothes shoes etc but bargain seeds, that's a different story

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