Morning glory is a beautiful and popular flowering plant that is known for its delicate, trumpet-shaped blooms in shades of pink, purple, blue, and white. If you’re looking to add some morning glory plants to your garden or outdoor space, propagating them can be an easy and cost-effective way to do so. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the steps on how to propagate morning glory.
What is propagation?
Propagation refers to the process of creating new plants from existing ones. There are several ways to propagate plants – through seeds, cuttings, layering or division. Morning glories can be propagated through both seeds and cuttings.
Propagation by Seeds:
Morning glories produce abundant seed pods after blooming which contain numerous seeds within them. These seeds are then dispersed onto the ground where they eventually germinate into new plants.
Step 1 – Harvesting the Seed Pods: The first step in propagating morning glory by seed is harvesting ripe seed pods when they turn brown and start cracking open naturally. Once harvested dried overnight before storing it in a cool dry place until planting time comes around again.
Step 2 – Soaking: After collecting the seeds from their pods soak these overnight (12-24 hours) in lukewarm water prior sowing because this helps break down any hard outer coating which makes it easier for sprouting later on.
Step 3 – Sowing & Planting: Next step involved with adding peat moss into your soil mixture will improve moisture retention while also providing good drainage overall ensuring higher chances of germination rates being successful once planted out into soil beds either directly outside or inside containers filled with potting soil mixtures perfect growing conditions needed most frequently during springtime when soils warm up enough allowing for optimal growth potential all season long!
Propagation by Cuttings:
Propagating morning glories from stem cuttings can help ensure genetic consistency among offspring as well as speed up growth rates, making it an ideal method for those looking to produce large numbers of plants quickly.
Step 1 – Cutting: To prepare cuttings from mature morning glory vines, use a sharp pair of scissors or pruning shears to cut a section with at least two nodes (where the leaves emerge from) and remove any flowers or buds that may be present.
Step 2 – Rooting Hormone: Dip the bottom end of each cutting into rooting hormone powder which is readily available in most gardening stores. This will help speed up the process and increase success rates as well!
Step 3 – Potting: Once you have dipped your stem cutting in rooting hormone powder its time to place them into potting soil mixtures filled containers that are deep enough so that it can stand firmly upright without falling over. Cover with plastic wrap or a clear plastic baggie until roots appear within roughly several weeks when stored under light but still moist conditions most preferably on windowsills facing southerly directions for optimal sunlight exposure all season long!
In conclusion, propagating morning glory by seeds or cuttings is relatively easy and straightforward process requiring only minimal equipment needed either indoors or outdoors overall yielding successful growth results all season long provided proper care has been given along every step of the way leading up towards eventual blooming periods where these beautiful plants shine their brightest adding colors galore wherever planted! So go ahead and give this propagation method a try yourself today!