Convolvulus

Common name: Dwarf Morning Glory

Morning glory is a relative of the bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis) but it does not climb.

It is a good plant for containers and baskets the 35-40mm (1½") diameter flowers appear from July to September.

It originates from the limestone hills of the Mediterranean thus making it a useful plant for growing in a rock garden providing it is well drained.

The trumpet-like flowers come in a range of bright colours all with striking yellowish throats.

They grow up to 300-400mm (12"-16") high, and spread to around 75mm (30")

Grow in any ordinary, well-drained garden soil, in a sunny position.

Deadhead the flowers regularly to prolong flowering season.

Bees and hawk-moths are attracted to the flowers.

Cultivation:

Week 12: Sow seeds under glass in pots or pans of seed compost and germinate at a temperature of 18°C (65°F)

Germination should take four or five days.

Week 14: Prick out the seedlings, when large enough to handle into trays / boxes of potting compost.

Week 16: Harden off in a cold frame before planting out.

Week 22: Plant out 150-200mm (6"-8") apart in a sunny well drained not to highly fertilised position when all risk of late frost has passed.

Do not overfeed as this will encourage leaf growth at the expense of flowers.





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