(Ipomoea nil var. ‘Picotee Blue’)
Picotee Blue Morning Glory is a warm weather annual flowering vine that is native to Mexico and South American but can be found growing throughout the southern United States. At maturity, this plant reaches the height of 6-9' and features a fast-growing vine with heart-shaped dark green leaves, and dramatic 6" blue blooms with bright white edging a purple star inside. This plant can be grown in containers or hanging baskets, attracts bees, butterflies, hoverflies, and hummingbirds, has medicinal properties, and self sows!
Variety: Picotee Blue Morning Glory
Native to: Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Aruba, Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Galápagos, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Leeward Is., Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Panamá, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Suriname, Trinidad-Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela, Windward Is.
Introduced into: Alabama, Bangladesh, Bermuda, California, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Central African Repu, Chad, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Christmas I., Comoros, Congo, Cuba, East Himalaya, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Florida, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Gulf of Guinea Is., Hainan, India, Inner Mongolia, Ivory Coast, Jawa, Korea, KwaZulu-Natal, Laos, Lesser Sunda Is., Louisiana, Madagascar, Malaya, Maluku, Mauritius, Myanmar, Namibia, Nansei-shoto, Nepal, New Caledonia, New Guinea, Nigeria, Northern Territory, Pakistan, Philippines, Queensland, Rodrigues, Réunion, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Socotra, South China Sea, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Tanzania, Texas, Thailand, Tibet, Uganda, Vietnam, West Himalaya, Western Australia, Yemen, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe.
Ease of Growing: Moderate
Grown as: Annual
Bloom Time: Spring, Late spring or early summer. Summer, Late summer or early fall
Growing Habit: Vine
Hardiness: Half Hardy. Morning glory will sprout again after a light frost but will not tolerate a hard freeze.
Crops: Spring Transplant, Spring
Growing Season: Short, Long
Growing Conditions: Cool, Warm. Morning glory will grow best in a sunny part of the garden in areas with cooler summers, but should be placed in a partially shady spot in areas with hotter summer days.
Outdoor Growing Temp: 50°F - 90°F
Min Outdoor Soil Temp: 55°F. Seeds will germinate at 55-68˚ but will take longer to germinate above 65˚F
Start Indoors: Yes
Start Outdoors: Yes
Light: Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Cool). Morning glory grow best in the sun in areas with cooler summers.
Water: Moderate. For the best flavor, keep Morning glory well watered. This helps to neutralize the spiciness of the greens and flowers.
Feeder: Light. Grow Morning glory in soil that is higher in Phosphorus and Potassium than Nitrogen. Growing Morning glory in nitrogen rich soil produces more vegetative growth and discourages blooming.
Suitability: Needs summer shade
Small Gardens?: Yes
Containers?: Yes. Suitable in 1 gallon. Suitable for hanging baskets. Needs excellent drainage in pots
Attracts beneficial insects?: Yes. Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds.
Sow Depth: 1/4”
Produces: a fast-growing vine with heart-shaped dark green leaves, and dramatic 6" blue blooms with bright white edging a purple star inside.
Uses: Flowering Tree, Will Naturalize.
USDA Grow Zone: 3a-9b
Soil pH: 6.1-7.8, Ideal 6.5-7.5. Many gardeners prefer growing Morning glory in nitrogen poor soil, as nitrogen rich soil encourages more vegetative growth with less blooms. Grow in well drained soil. In gardens with very sandy soils, add compost to help retain moisture.
Compost (Nitrogen), 2" in top 6" of soil, 1 time: In gardens with very sandy soils, add compost to help retain moisture. Otherwise omit.
In cooler climates, the seed can be started indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost of spring; plant the nicked seeds 1/4" deep and keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy until germination, which should take place in 7-10 days with adequate warmth.
Transplant seedlings as soon as possible after germination, since they resent root disturbance; the soil temperature should be at least 65 degrees F with no chance of frost.
Water Needs: Moderate. For the best flavor, keep Morning glory well watered. This helps to neutralize the spiciness of the greens and flowers.
Fertilizer Needs: Light. Grow Morning glory in soil that is higher in Phosphorus and Potassium than Nitrogen. Growing Morning glory in nitrogen rich soil produces more vegetative growth and discourages blooming.
Support: Optional. If you want your Morning glory to grow up, you can encourage it up a trellis, fence, or some other kind of support.
Storage Req: Refrigerator
Storage Temp: 35-40°F
Storage Length: 1-2 days
Seed Viability in Years: 3-4 years
Germination Percentage: 70%