Some may have mistaken 'datura' with the Moonflower because the similarity in flower-shape. Sitting out in the evening has never smelled so lovely! a dry spot like a pantry or closet. On Apr 25, 2004, Bemhawk from Sterling, VA wrote: I live in Northern Virginia and have been planting Moonflowers from seed every spring for the past seven years. On Sep 3, 2007, Fairy1004 from (bestest fairy)Temperance, MI (Zone 5b) wrote: I was told that what I have is moonflower. On Sep 14, 2010, Amoena from Nashville, TN wrote: Moonflower grows very well here in Nashville, TN, reaching heights of 10 feet or more in good soil. Every year around november december the vine dies out and all that is left is the root, I have never had this plant come back the next year. One word of caution though the seeds are poison, so watch near children or pets. They are growing much faster than the white morning glory seeds I started to plant with them. There are NO seeds in this seed packet. If your Moonflower seeds don't germinate right away, don't give up on them. On Sep 1, 2007, 73stingray from Aiken, SC wrote: Our pods are about 3-4 inches in length and green; they appear to be about to open. Here in NC it is very hot and humid most days. I am looking forward to some great showy flowers. I'm guessing that Ipomoea alba needs warmer conditions than Eureka can provide. Mostly due to poor soil conditions in the garden and secondly because I didn't want this plant to take over. What a show, and the aroma - my husband and I stood and watched them open up, one after another....it was definately a moment (well, several moments)! Easy vine to grow. Allow the root to become 1" and then transplant each seed into a very small 2" pot of soil. I would have thought that it would have bloomed by now. Last year I tried growing it in the ground, and none came up. I try to harvest the seeds when I can but majority of the time I have better luck just buying them from the store every year. Moonflower Evening Glory White Seed. As far as taking care of it I purchase the seeds ev... read moreery year from a retail store. Otherwise, I had great success with this plant while I was living in Charlotte, NC, the blooms were huge and fragrant , I ended up selling it before I left, so I have no idea how it had done since. They might look different in your area. I have SO many plants in the pot since I didn't bother to do much with it after it died although I did collect some of the seed pods. You need the rag because they are so hard they shoot off in some direction when struck. Morning glories are so named, because the blooms open in the morning, while moonflowers open in the evening. I made another effort this year and had better luck ... the vine grew, but not one flower appeared. I plant the heavenly blues in regular soil here and they grow about 20-30 feet by fall. I dumped all the pots that didn't grow into one of my flower beds. Keep your fingers crossed for me and I will update in a couple of months. Nowadays, as a transplant myself, and for the past several years, I have planted the Ipomoea alba seeds in areas of the yard that won't sport other preferred vines. The blooms last only one or a few nights, but they grow new ones quickly. So I just plant it every year. On rare occasion, a flower has autonomously and miserly dropped a seed that subsequently sprouted completely independent of my efforts. Fertilize regularly with half-strength high-phosphorus fertilizer during the blooming season. I understand that they could be difficult to grow. VERY fragrant @ night and are the size of a plate when they bloom. As you can tell I don't really fertilize the plants or do anything else. I will deffinately be growing these again, and again, and again. Fully opened bloom. It has pink, red and green flowers as well as white. Fertilizer: Not required, but fertilizer containing phosphorus will encourage abundant blooms. They also seem to be kind of thirsty. I'm putting these this year where they'll get more sun, but they won't be close to the house where I can enjoy them more! I soaked the seeds 2 nights in a bowl of water to soften the shell. The calyx teeth, when green, are edible in soups and the huge white flowers attract hawk moths( sphincidae family) at night, i personaly think it's worth watching it! Grandpa Ott. The USDA PLANTS Database also shows this plant as a Noxious Weed in Arizona and Arkansas (40 miles to the south). As you can tell I don't really fertilize the plants or do anything else. Moonflower plants are perfect to grow in an outdoor eating area or near a bedroom window, where their fragrance can sweeten the night air. k the following year. They go crazy here. They have been growing for the past 4+ years and every so often I thin them out cause the vines start to climb the tree that is over the arbor. On Oct 20, 2009, Pixelicious from (Zone 12b) wrote: I live in a mediterranean climate (about 30 miles SE of San Francisco) and planted three vines into a large clay pot on my back deck. If you click on the state name at the bottom of the page, it will give you more information on invasive or noxious species in those states, but I. alba is never mentioned. This year is the first year I have tried them. The tips of new growth, at the very tip of the vine are black and I am worried that somethng else is worng with my Moonflower. But in cooler climates, they are grown as annuals and planted outside when the temperature is consistently 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. We live in Crescent City, Calif. On Mar 2, 2007, Lily_love from Central, AL (Zone 7b) wrote: Ipomoea alba; is a lovely tender annual here in my 7b zone. In my experience these plants need at least a half day's sun to bloom well, preferably in the morning, and full sun with just late afternoon shade will just about smother the plants with flowers every evening, provided they are highly fertilized and watered. They grew like crazy up stakes in the pot and through my whole railing. On Jun 21, 2010, OITGAD from Hicksville, NY wrote: I love this plant and have had success every time I've planted the seedlings. Tender perennial vine is usually grown as a tender annual. er this and hydrate that, making sure that everything is very moist. On Apr 26, 2005, petertan from Singapore,Singapore (Zone 11) wrote: Hullo. Fill plantable seedling pots (peat pots orÂ. Considering the subdued light we get here (in a valley) it is where I expected to be in growth. The biggest blooms I have ever seen. this is important. It is an original unused seed packet in excellent condition measuring 3 1/4 by 5 inches with information about it on the back. And feed they do!!!!! Large white blooms. I would like them to return next year and possibly have some in my gated garden in the yard. On Oct 21, 2004, redhairedgirl from Walls, MS (Zone 8a) wrote: My Mom got these seeds from a friend of my daughter-in-law. It's not the same as the moonflower I grew up w... read moreith, but its blooms are just as beautiful-- and yes, they're huge! But, boy was it rewarding. I had to stick my nose in the flower to get any hint of scent, and was disappointed that they smelled like more like sunscreen than cloves or perfum... read moree like has been previously mentioned. It was such a good experience and made such good memories! i got stung several times. The seeds took longer than expected to sprout, i even put them in water overnight. This was not a small dog either( half Sheppard/Half Rottwieller.he weighed about 125lbs. The only other thing I do is plant the seed when the weather starts to get really hot. I also have a few moonvine plants at my back deck- climbing over a trellis that was relocated after a storm ripped it out of the ground. hand. I haven't experienced the flowers yet. There only seems to be a couple sprouting vigorously, and are taking root nicely. Do not allow children to ingest foliage or flowers, if they do, seek immediate medical attention (Deer, Rabbits, Cats, and Dogs will not ingest plant, and for this reason, it is pet-safe). The most unusual trait is the HUGE seed leaves. It has beautiful heart-shaped green leaves and large (5-8 inch diameter), fragrant, blooms that open in the evening and close in the morning. I keep looking, and finally found some tiny little beginnings of buds today. So I bought a package of seed, and all 10 seed germinated. With almost 140 comments I'm probably restating some things. I didn't know to crack the seed's shell, but I got a seedling at the beginning of June. On Aug 15, 2006, girldog from Detroit, MI (Zone 6a) wrote: Moonflowers have grown in my front yard for several years - as a perennial, in Detroit, MI. I am noticing little buds o... read moren the plant but no flowers yet. It is very easy to grow once it gets started, I have found out that in texas if I plant it in february it won't grow very much but if I wait and grow it when summer is beginning in may or june it thrives and really takes off in nothing flat. Another vine makes its way up an old clothesline post. On May 14, 2008, Rustydog75 from Jackson, MS wrote: I have been growing moonflowers in Jackson, Mississippi for several years now, always with spectacular results. The fact they re-sow may be a positive for me. They reveal a pale green star extending from the throat and send their very sweet fragrance into the night air. I just repotted some of the plants from the original pot. My neighbor gave me the seeds. This was my first experience with MoonFlowers and I live in Michigan. On Jul 29, 2004, moongate9 from Waverly, IL wrote: I purchased some moonflower seeds from a local retail store, not sure what to expect in our Central Illinois climate. The average daytime temps are 50's, 60's and low 70's in the summer. I inherited it from my mother when she died. I hope y'all are enjoying yours as much as I do mine!! It does great in Houston though (used to live there) with humidity and a long growing season. The vine is hardy and tonight (8/28/04) my curiosity has been rewarded with a MOST spectacular bloom! Pot Planting: It is also possible to plant in a pot buried in the garden for the Spring/Summer and then dig up the pot in the Autumn to save the roots for planting the following Spring. I have several semi-shady trellises that I need to have covered, so I'd rather plant it in the shade. Then I put each sprout in a little peat pellet. Moonflower, devil's trumpet, jimsonweed, thorn apple: These are just a few of the many common names for this self-seeding annual. I got them from my Aunt, who has them growing wild in her yard. I can grow Morning Glory just fine, though, which is why I'm still hopeful. You need to slightly put a crack in them with a hammer. Leave seeds inside of pods and store in Ziploc bag(s) in a cool, dry place over the Winter. It is SO much easier getting a start from a place like Annie's Annuals for like $5 rather than to go to all the trouble to get the things to germinate. On Jun 17, 2010, PammiePi from Green Cove Springs, FL wrote: One of my favorites to grow from seed. Spectacular! I have planted them in different parts of the garden and in pots. On a warm summerâs evening, itâs pure joy to sit on a patio and watch the moonflowers twirl open. It seems most fragrant when watered in the afternoon on a warm evening and starts flowering from mid Spring. If you plant these; don't forget to visit them at night, early in the morning, after sunset. Can't wait till they bloom! We recently got married and believe the moon vines are a small blessing and approval from someone special. I soaked the seeds overnight (sometimes 2 days), then put them in jiffy pellets. I first started growing it on a chainlink fence and then 3 years ago I upgraded and built a huge arbor that it grows up every year with other vines that I grow. The moon flower is a close relative of the morning glory, which opens in the morning so it can be pollinated by bees and other insects that are active during the day. This year I've planted them in pots wit... read moreh some vining nasturium - I have the pot on a shelf towards the top of my 8 foot fence. On Sep 16, 2008, patandfritz from Gowanda, NY wrote: I grew the Moon Flowers this summer. On Aug 26, 2006, digital_dave from Springfield, MO (Zone 6a) wrote: I assume others are referring to some selected cultivar (with big flowers) of this species. I have tried 3 years without success. Even so, it often comes into bloom around Labor Day. Spectacular! This type of impomoea likes richer soil than the tricolor types, such as heavenly blues. The Datura plant is related to Jimson weed and all parts of the plant contain high amounts of toxic atropine, scopolamine, and hyoscyamine. Support: Vines are best supported by a large trellis, fence, or building. Plant them together, and enjoy morning glory blooms during the day and moonflowers at night. They love the Hot, they love the sun. We watched it climb, grow and bloom beautifully, and it's continued all summer. Exquisite! ERPLATE dahlia.... bigger than my fingers..... outstrechted or my whole hand...... the smell is not like a typical garden flower sweet or heady....... but nice..... NOT STRONG (SMELL FRAGRANCE)...... the smell is less like tuberose and honeysuckle...... which I love too bad honeysuckle's invasive.... but more LIKE A MODERN PERFUME.... they don't waft.... well very well that is.... stick you nose in it and it smells a bit like TOMMY GIRL OR TOMMY HILFIGER PERFUME...... eryone who sees them. Mine has bloomed profusely all summer with little or no attention here in Laurel DE. The seedpods are a mess and will drop hundreds of seeds all over your yard. Some nights there would be 100+ blooms. I planted it in the ground and the vine grew, but absolutely no blooms. A neighbor gave me some moon flower seeds which I planted in late May. (I have grown the white also). Only soak the seeds over one night! I was surprised by how strong the seedlings are. I planted them mainly in pots a couple of weeks ago, and it's amazing that they're at different levels of growth. On Nov 15, 2004, Laceyab from La Porte, TX wrote: I have been growing this plant for the last 4+ years. On Aug 10, 2007, sunnytop56 from Lincoln, NE (Zone 5a) wrote: I can't grow this plant. I've had to start them in peat pots to avoid this. (Will tolerate poor/dry soil, but will not reach full potential). (I've just joined this website). Pull up a chair in the evening and watch the flowers unfold before your very eyes! On Apr 23, 2004, joyjen72 from Fairview Heights, IL wrote: I planted moonflowers while I was living in Kansas. While the actual vine is very healthy, still no signs of flowers- believe me, I check it at all hours! On Jun 8, 2015, Portplantia from Portland, OR wrote: I didn't have good luck with this one. On Aug 23, 2006, marmie5 from Huntsville, MO wrote: I am growing moon flowers near Huntsville, Missouri. When the seed sprouts and the root is about a half inch long I transfer it into a small pot of soil (root side down), and keep it moist and warm. Some flowers are â¦ I'm planning on growing these in the sunniest, most wind-sheltered area of my garden. Zone 5 with a zone 7 micro climate until winter hits. What everyone is describing sounds wonderful! ate partial shade at the expense of fewer blooms. This is one of the species that bloom at night, hence the name. On Apr 3, 2008, latelybloomin77 from Kilgore, TX (Zone 8a) wrote: I have just heard of this plant from this site. Evening Glory Moonflower Ipomoea Alba Annual Full sun 20 feet tall 8 feet wide Beautiful vines add amazing drama to a garden, particularly a garden room with tall walls.This fast growing vine is quick to cover a fence, trellis or garden structure where support is provided. I do not crack them, I put them in moist paper towel for a day or two. When they do I will post an image. I am able to stand silently near the blossoms and observe God's hand in action!!!! BUT, in october '07 it reveled its first BIG bloom. It never gets hot in my area. Moonflower has average water needs and you may water it about 1 inch per week, especially during hot periods. After they had sprouted, the vine was growing like crazy. On Jan 29, 2005, bonnielass from Salem, SC (Zone 7a) wrote: I have grown this plant on lattice at my back door for four or five years. While browsing, weeding my flower bed in early spring, I carefully lift the volunteers seedlings, and planted them where I've some means for them to climb on. On Jun 27, 2010, KrisKat1972 from Louisville, KY wrote: I've grown Moon Lily plants for the past 5 years, and they are for me not a vine, but more of a stalky, leafy, lush plant with a long root base, and acts like a perrineal. Just beautiful! I thought it would never come up, but when it did, the thing went ballistic. e like has been previously mentioned. On Jul 21, 2012, bbmg31784 from Pinardville, NH wrote: Well I am from Manchester, NH and I have always wanted to try growing moon flowers. Can't wait till they bloom! The first year, with no experience, I had loads of beautiful moonflowers. However, my first attempt to grow it from seed failed miserably - it just didn't gow. I soak the seeds overnight to soften the hulls and then slit them with an exacto knife before planting. They need warm soil to sprout, so I plant them on Memorial Day weekend after soaking and nicking. Meanwhile, Datura inoxia, which is also sometimes called moonflower, is very toxic. The Sphinx moths would come out and what a sight. Both vines are brimming with seed pods, which I think are interestingly beautiful. I got 2 flowers on one batch of plants and one on the other. It's doing tremendous for a Mexican plant in Pennsylvania! They quickly covered a 4 X 10 foot trellis and bloomed profusely from August 1 until the first frost. Using a clear low profile plastic container with a connected lid, (think store bought cookie or serving-sized cake container), I line the container with a VERY wet paper towel, then place the Moonflower seeds in and cover them with another very wet paper towel and close the lid. It is in a large flowerbox on the north side of the house, and it only gets a little sun in the morning, so that goes against the 'full sun' tip. Can be propagated from root stocks and seeds and when doing so always remember to scarify seeds and plant it in well drained soil. It's hardly #1 in my book! Our moonflower will produce huge delicately fragrant flowers that will be more than 4 in. Do not clip off deadening blooms, allow blooms to dry out and drop naturally, this will allow seed pods to form and they can be harvested in the Autumn [Zone 4-5: late-Oct; Zone 6-7: mid-Nov] to be used for the next growing season. Something came up beside one of the pots and I thought it had reseeded from last year because it also had heart shaped leaves too, so I started it up the arch but suddenly it seems to be a stronger vine and the leaves changed and are kind of pointed with a little part jutting out each side; I guess kind of like a maple. Will cover an arbor or trellis in no time. br />
Germination T So I just plant it every year. I grew this vine per my Mama's recommendation around my deck in North Carolina and they were superb! just today I got some of the seeds out of the pods and have probably 500 seeds. It has grown full and lush and gone everywhere! We have the most magnificent vine, fuzzy leaves the size of dinner plates. If I am starting a lot of different seeds this way in the same pot, I mark the paper towels with the name of the seed with permanent marker which won't run when wet. Our climate's Mediterranean - right now it's supposed to be late autumn/early winter and temps are ranging from lows of 12 to highs of 27 deg C. It's a winter rainfall area. To be safe, wash hands after tending plant. This is what we do:
On Jul 9, 2006, dogmansis from Wimberley, TX (Zone 8a) wrote: When I first started growing moonflowers, my youngest daughter was about 4yrs old (fixin' to be 15 next wk!) They have really enjoyed it, and neighbors come from all around to take pictures of it.
I germinate the seeds by placing them on a wet paper towel, folding over the towel and then sealing it into a clear plastic bag. Moonflower (Ipomoea alba) is also known as tropical white morning-glory or moon vine. An awsome vine. lants, including the flowers, look just like the available cultivars. The plants don't seem to require much care other than adequate moisture, lot of sunshines. Rots in cool soils---don't plant out till the soil has fully warmed, a week or two after last frost. On Apr 27, 2005, JaxFlaGardener from Jacksonville, FL (Zone 8b) wrote: Some of my Moonflower vines reseed themselves, but seem to wait until the ambient temperatures are very warm, around June, to germinate in the ground (NE Fla, borderline Zone 8b/9a), then bloom around September to frost. Can you tell me what it is. They must be re-seeding themselves. Try to keep them out of afternoon sun (I live in the middle of Long Island)...they will cook (in pots or in the ground) unless you plan on watering them a lot...read that "every day." On Jan 18, 2006, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote: Perfect for late-season interest, nighttime companion to morning glories or Lablab.
Once nighttime temperatures have reached 50 degrees, plant the seedlingsâstill in their peat potsâinto the garden or into larger containers. I have never had a batch sprout until this year, and it looks like I will get four viables per pot. Is this plant really serious about wanting full sun? I brought two starts of this plant from Charleston, South Carolina (U.S.) through the airport and on a plane to central Indiana. Between the two I had up to 15 blooms at a time. What an incredibly beautiful flower, and the vines have covered the lattice around my patio very nicely. Large, fragrant, white flowers open only in the evening. The trick I've discovered is to not plant it too early, as it won't grow well until the night are warm, 70 degrees+. I found this kind of moonflower vine while searching for a different kind of moonflower that I've only seen in my mom & dad's yard in Pennsylvania. I also plant the vines much closer together than recommended (again, this also might be because my space is limited), which they don't seem to mind at all. I purchased some of the plants already started, online from a seed company, and so far are doing okay. They got big fast and then I stuck them into a bed I had prepared by simply digging up the grass, turning the soil, and sprinkling some potting soil and peat moss over the top (I was a beginner then, sorry). It prefers well-drain soil and does quite well in poor, dry soil. All three seeds germinated in about 2 weeks. They have reached about 15-17 feet by fall. for these guys? These seeds seem to have their own internal time clock that determines when they are ready to germinate and it seems to vary from seed to seed. It is most commonly called 'Beach Moonflower' or 'Sea Moonflower' as the blooms, white in colour, open at night. I'm definitely getting another pack of seeds next year, and hoping for volunteers. Anyone having problems getting this plant to bloom should quit fertilizing. They usually grow about 15 feet long. On Apr 14, 2004, herbman75 from Cornelia, GA wrote: My experience with this plant is extensive. On Sep 17, 2008, darylmitchell from Saskatoon, SK (Zone 3a) wrote: Moonflower's been a total bust for me. I noticed that a few other folks in my neck of the woods have had late blooms, so we'll see. They ARE AWESOME. I'm in Singapore, in the tropics, and new to this plant, but I wanted something hardy to grow up a trellis. The only other thing I do is plant the seed when the weather starts to get really hot. I am in awe every night it blooms. We are having a hot humid summer and the vine has grown very nicely. We have had a lot of rain this year, but also warm - wasn't sure if certain conditions would hold up the blooming process. Soak seeds in warm water for four to eight hours before you plant them. Pests/Disease: Not prone to disease as long as the plant has good airflow and the soil is not saturated. They did come up indoors and looked great until I transplanted them outside in the spring in a protected planter/trellis. In early spring I first lightly nick the seeds, then soak them in warmish water for at least 24 hours, then wrap in wet paper towels and put them in a covered old cooking pot in a warm place, like on top of the refrigerator. We have tried different remedies that have taken their toll on the plant, along with the pesky bugs. The foliage that grew in the 1st 6 months is much like that of a morning glory. Although some say it likes heat I have found that it thrives better in warm not to hot weather as long as it has moist soil. Cover with waxed paper, NOT cling film, as that will suffocate the seeds. I didn't end up getting blooms until fall, though, August/September... read more. By the middle of July I got beautiful flowers that smelled great. 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