A good gardener always plants 3 seeds -
one for the bugs, one for the weather and one for himself.
- Leo Aikman
I have seeds for the bugs, the weather, and for you!
The seed pods on the moonflower vine (ipomoea alba) are plentiful and I want to share.
I harvested the first seeds from the moonflower vine in November with my grandchildren.
(See my post about that on my other blog here.)
Those seeds are stored and waiting for Spring to arrive and the earth to warm - but there are yet more to harvest! Would you like some?
The moonflower vine, which is in the Morning Glory family, is an annual where I live in zone 7. I grew it for the first time last summer, expecting it to grow in a pot with a trellis on my deck. I nicked the seeds with a sharp knife and soaked them overnight before planting them and they quickly germinated. (Because Moonflower Vine waits for hot weather to perform, there's no benefit to starting them early indoors.) Once started, the vine took off, quickly outgrowing its pot and modest trellis. I moved it to the foot of the birdhouse post, where I could see the blooms in the evening from my deck.
This vine will cover an arbor, a large trellis, a fence or any other similar structure. The blooms last only a single night but are profuse, beautiful, and fragrant.
Moonflower Vine is hardy in zones 9 - 11 and may even be invasive. But if you live in a cooler zone as I do, it can be treated as an annual for summer beauty. It likes well-drained soil and full sun.
If you would like to share in my bounty of seeds, leave me a comment saying so and I'll put your name in the straw hat for a drawing a week from today. I'll announce the winners in another post.
Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has
been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed
there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.
- Henry David Thoreau