Morning glory pot display

Do it:

May, Jun

Takes just:

one hour

At its best:

Jun, Jul, Aug

Each blue or magenta flower of ipomoea, the morning glory, lasts just one day, but it blooms reliably throughout the summer. The dense mat of heart-shaped leaves provide a perfect backdrop for the cheery flowers.

How to grow annual climbers from seed

You will need

  • Ipomoea 'Purple Haze' x4
  • 48cm urn or similar sized pot
  • Willow plant support
  • Multi-purpose compost

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Add crocks to the base of the container to aid drainage, then fill two-thirds with compost.

Position the plants 15cm apart and firm the compost around them, removing air pockets. Place the willow support carefully over the climbers. Push the legs firmly into the compost, ensuring the structure is even by checking the support's bands are horizontal. Water the plants thoroughly.

As the plants begin to flower, feed them weekly with a potash-rich feed such as tomato feed, to boost flowering potential.

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Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith says...

Combine varieties of different colours to create a display full of interest – one’s as easy to grow as the next, so there’s no reason to stick to one type. Start early in the year if you’re sowing morning glory from seed.

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