Ipomeia or Ipomoea is the main genus of the Convolvulaceae family , containing over a thousand species of vines. Its origin dates back to ancient China, although its cultivation is popular in the Americas. Known as morning glory, the plant gets its name because it has many flowers that open during the day for pollination. Check out photos and learn how to grow this species!
Types of Morning Glory
As it is an entire genus, the morning glory presents an enormous diversity of types. You will find species of this plant with unique colors, scents, petals and details. See the 7 most common types below:
Morning Glory ( Horsfalliae )
Considered toxic, the Rubra da Ipomeia variation is one of the most popular in the gardening area. Due to its high adhesion to substrates and its intense color, it also pleases more casual planters looking for good interior decoration options.
Morning Glory Cairica
Another variety found and widespread, Cairica has the same characteristics as Rubra, with the difference of having colors more drawn towards violet. They are pleasant to observe and enrich any environment.
African morning glory
With strong colors and slightly bent petals, the African Morning Glory is simply stunning. Its beauty is breathtaking and, among the varieties, it is the one that best benefits from a sandy soil and higher temperatures.
Variegate morning glory
As the name suggests, the Morning Glory Variegatas are those that have a degree of variability of lighter colors in their foliage. This ”spotted” appearance is what gives this plant its special charm.
Ornamental Sweet Potato
One of the most different varieties, the Ornamental Sweet Potato is loved by many for its simplicity. Its leaves are wide and ample, with discreet flowers and more washed colors. They look beautiful when they are put in different tones.
Purple morning glory ( Ipomoea purpurea )
This mesmerizing variety originated in Mexico. Its colors are quite striking, with a protruding button that attracts the eye of the beholder. Ipomeia Purpura is one of the most different options when it comes to creating an atmosphere in the environment.
This species draws attention for the volume of stems and its peculiar shape that refer to the back of a skeleton. Very popular in Brazil, this variety is one of the main options when it comes to a vertical garden with personality.
With so many options, you have a lot to start your home renovation with, don’t you? Just remember to research if your environment is ideal for the cultivation of the desired species, to make sure that your morning glory will bloom in all its essence!
How to care for the morning glory plant
Despite being considered an easy-to-grow plant, some care is needed so that it blooms with health and grace. Below are some important instructions:
- Watering: In general, morning glory are plants that do well in the sun. However, your substrate needs to be humidified frequently. To guarantee beautiful flowers, it is recommended to water your species every day, with the exception of very cold or naturally humid ones. But without exaggeration.
- Luminosity: Bet on open spaces, as morning glory enjoy sunlight or partial shade and warm temperatures. Give preference to gardens, where the plant will receive a lot of sunlight. If you live in an apartment or a house with little outdoor space, spaces with a good source of light, such as windows and balconies, are indicated.
- Fertilization: The soil needs to remain fertile, but with balanced moisture. That way, opt for drainable substrates and don’t leave it overloaded with water.
- Pruning: As it is a flowering plant, pruning is indicated after the flowering period. This way, you will stimulate the flowering process without jeopardizing the current flowers.
- Resistance: Despite its fragile appearance and apparent delicacy, morning glory is a genus of plants that are considerably resistant. Its leaves withstand winds and high temperatures well, which is one of the reasons why they are found in sandy soils and beach environments.
- Pests and Diseases: Morning Glories usually deal well with pests and other threats. However, it is always important to maintain attention. Aphids are among the main pests that appear in morning glory.
- Cultivation: Resistant and adaptable, morning glory can be grown either directly in the ground or in pots. Everything will depend a lot on the species chosen and its availability of space.
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20 decorating ideas with the morning glory plant to transform your home
Before going after your morning glory, check out inspiring ideas for your morning glory to shine in your home!
1. Passionate, morning glory conquers for its delicacy
2. In larger pots, it shines in spaces like backyards and porches
3. Which add charm to the environment
4. But it’s in the big gardens that your flowers stand out
5. Ipomeia goes very well with pergolas
6. And amazing vertical gardens
7. Its colors bring life to every corner
8. Why not also decorate columns?
9. Morning Glories make up a perfect climate for rest
10. Giving an air of refinement
11. And a lot of delicacy for your rooms
12. The big waterfalls are a good option to leave at the entrance of the house
13. Morning glory wreaths are beautiful for the door of the house
14. Varieties can be combined with other plants in stylish arrangements
15. The most flowering species are indicated for balconies and open spaces
16. Like portals and fences
17. And even entire walls!
18. Even your garden fence can be even more beautiful
19. Making the environment acclimatized and cozy
20. Don’t waste time and surrender to the charms of Ipomeia!
Enchanting, don’t you think? Morning Glories are sources of inexhaustible beauty, which will certainly help you to give a makeover to your favorite environment! And since you liked this plant, check out Jade Creeper .