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helentofthelentoft Posts: 24

I planted morning glory seeds last week expecting them to take a while to germinate only to find this morning that they are already a couple of inches tall. I have moved them from a warm sunny widowsill to a cooler one to slow the growth but would like to know if they will benefit from being pinched out when they have got bigger? Thanks.



  • Hi helentoft, I have grown morning glory myself but have not pinched them out. I am no expert so I have got this link for you that might help. Happy Gardening.

  • I don't pinch them out, but you can do. 

    Dont plant them out until the last frost is over and the nights have really warmed up or the leaves will turn white ant the plants will sulk and refuse to grow. I usually plant mine out at the beginning of June when I plant the runner bean plants out. 


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  • Thanks so much for the replies. I have decided that I will pinch out half and leave half and see what the result is. I have a very warm garden and I have never had a frost after mid March so am hopeful that I can plant out by mid April. The plan is to put them up wooden obelisks. I have tried in the past to sow directly into the soil and never been successful but am more optimistic this time. Thanks again.

  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,680

    I think you might struggle to prevent them getting very tall and floppy, before you are able to plant them out in early June.

    If I were you, I would think about sowing a second lot of seeds in April, which should then be a perfect size, to go out in June. 

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  • helentofthelentoft Posts: 24

    imageMorning Glory in the ground which has had a lot of warm sun for the past couple of weeks. No frost since January. Second packet of seeds about to be sown just in case this is a foolhardy venture but since the nasturtiums are in flower already l thought it worth the risk.

  • Looking back at this theme - I want to know if I can sow my Ipomoea - Morning Glory seeds directly outside now and in ordinary garden soil or should I wait/ sow inside and should I use compost mix?
  • Rose121Rose121 Posts: 132
    I always start mine indoors, and have just put them in this week. 
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,720
    I start mine I start my tomatoes and courgettes. They need the same sort of temperatures.

     If you plant them out too early and the temps are too low for them the leaves turn almost white. 

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  • I haven't got very much room left in the cold GH with all the flowering plants and some veg (toms, cucs, beetroot, leaks and radish so far), which is why I was wondering if the seed could be sown directly outside. I may try 3 or 4 in the outside pot and if they don't germinate in a week or so I will try again indoors. I don't want them to have white leaves.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,720
    The first sentence of my post above should read ‘I start mine after I start my tomatoes...’

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