Morning Glory is an easy to grow annual vine native to Central America. This beloved flower has captured the attention of gardeners for many centuries. In 9th century Japan, much effort was put into breeding, selecting and refining the morning glory. The result was a diverse group of especially showy varieties, which are called Japanese Morning Glories. The famous Japanese Morning Glory Pot festival, called Iriya Asagao, began in the Meiji period (1868-1912) after a gardener planted morning glory flowers in various parts of Iriya. The morning glory pot festival was revived in 1948 and is currently an extremely popular display of over 120,000 morning glory plants! The vendor displays consist of easy-to-carry pots, with morning glories that have been trained to bush through routine pruning, in an astonishing a variety of colors and patterns with a small and sometimes decorative cage around the plant. Growing morning glories in pots is the perfect way to enjoy a variety of stunning morning glories near your home or on a patio. Training them to bush is extremely easy! The select strain of morning glories that we offer from Japan isn't as invasive or weedy as their wild counterparts and do not produce as much seed. We were inspired by this Japanese tradition and had our own Morning Glory pot festival in a small space in our greenhouse. 8" pots were used with 5/16" x 48" dowel rods cut in half and placed at four points into the potting soil. Very flexible 25 lb. galvanized steel wire was used to create horizontal training wires periodically up the rods and were decoratively wrapped up and down the rods. The morning glories were incredibly easy to train around the wires and rods, creating an amazing explosion of blooms in a tidy compact area. To germinate and grow all morning glory varieties: This plant is quite frost tender, so be sure to start indoors 3-4 weeks before last frost and transplant out 2 weeks after last frost or when soil has reliably warmed. Alternatively you can direct sow the seeds after all chance of frost has passed. Soak seeds for 24 hours in warm water before planting, then sow 1/2 inch deep. Ideal germination temperature is 70-85 F. Seeds will germinate in 7-14 days. Space plants 4-6 inches apart and grow up a trellis or fence, or try growing them in a pot. Provide full sun, regular watering. Morning glory is not picky about soil quality, but does prefer well-drained soil.
Invite this antique Japanese morning glory mix into your garden, and your landscape will be enveloped in extraordinary and intriguing blooms in a range of colors and forms. The Edo period in Japan saw a craze for collecting and breeding unusual morning glories with unique colors and forms. This mix is a living collection of some of the best Japanese varieties from history with truly dazzling and glitzy blooms!