If you really have a garden area that is used for evening relaxation and entertainment you can add this enticing fragrance of moonflowers in the garden. The large white or purple really blooms on a climbing vine and they offer an amazing evening smell when they are grown in the garden. This plant called moonflower (Ipomoea alba) are perennial vines in sub-tropical areas, although gardeners with cold winters can successfully grow them as annuals. Moonflower is a member of the Ipomea family, this plant is related to the sweet potato vine and the morning glory, and they are with flowers that open in the late afternoon.

Steps on how to grow a Moonflower Vine

Moonflowers plant does not actually need much space ground in the garden as they readily climb upward. Make sure you provide a trellis or other support for the vigorous vines. There are some growing moonflowers that can reach up to 20 feet happily twining around anything within their reach. Just make sure you pinch back growing moonflowers at the top of the vine, this is part of your care for the moonflowers, to actually force flowering downward. This particular plant is winter-hardy perennials in zones 10-11, although in cooler zones, the Moonflower plants can be grown effectively as annuals. 

Moonflower plants grow easily from seed when planted in somewhat fertile soil, this plants are also adaptable to other soil conditions. In colder climates the seeds can be started 6 to 8 weeks before the soil outside has warmed. You can plant the moonflowers outside when the outdoor temperature is consistently 60 to 70 F. (15-20 C.). There are a lot of growers that think that the crowding of roots in the pot really encourages an earlier bloom on moonflower plants. Furthermore, this plant can be grown in large containers or they can be planted in the ground. More moonflowers plants can be started from root division of existing plants. Make sure you mulch the roots of moonflowers plant, and also dig them up for winter storage in colder areas. Also the light requirements for growing moonflowers plant are adaptable, although more sun equals more blooms.

How to care for Moonflowers

Make sure you water the small plants regularly and also provide additional water as the moonflower vines grow. From my little experience a regular fertilization at half strength with a high phosphorus fertilizer really encourages more blooms on this plant. Don’t also forget that too much nitrogen fertilizer can limit blooms and create abundant growth of the foliage.

There are many of the Ipomea species that really contain lysergic acid, most especially the seeds, which can be toxic if ingested. Make sure you keep these plants well away from small children or pets around the garden.

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