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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 image


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,920

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


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

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  • flowering roseflowering rose Posts: 1,632

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

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    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 image

    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 image Maybe a wigwam in a big planter on the patio area image With Poached Egg Plant at the bottom to feed the invisible Indians......I'm being silly now LOL image

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,920

    OL, it was a friend who knows about these things - and once she pointed it out I remembered reading about the difference a long time ago - there's info on here .

    I find that Morning Glory happily wind their way up canes without any need for netting etc as they have a similar climbing habit to runner beans rather than using tendrils like peas. image

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  • Jim MacdJim Macd Posts: 750

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

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    Canes tied together at the top image 

    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!!!! imageimage

  • 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 LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    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 image

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

  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,966

    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.

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,920

    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 image) - they were happiest shielded from the midday sun but can cope with it if they get plenty of water - they are thirsty. image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

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