Morning Glory for hummingbirds is one of the best hummingbird flowers.
I can still hear my mother’s gentle voice waking me up for grade school with these words............“Good morning glory”,
she would say, using an expression that originated from the unique
tendency of these flowers to curl up in the heat of the day (appearing
They would awake and open up again in the early morning.
I’ve loved these flowers since childhood and don’t mind that they are often referred to as old fashioned.
The hummingbirds don’t mind either, as I see them regularly frequenting these colorful blooms that I grow on a trellis in front my garden and on a corner of my house.
These flowers, also called Ipomoea, are tubular in shape, just perfect for hummingbirds to easily access the nectar.
This vine couldn’t be easier to grow. In our cold climate, we
generally do not grow annuals but these flowers are an exception.
They grow rapidly, covering our arbor by mid summer. In a milder
climate, you can and your hummingbirds can, enjoy them even longer.
How to Plant Morning Glory for Hummingbirds
- Purchase the seeds. The seeds come in a variety of
colors. Keep in mind that the hummingbirds do prefer the color red.
Hummingbirds do not have a sense of smell but are attracted to the color
- Another option that we do yearly: In the Fall when
the flowers have all gone by and the plant is actually dead and dried
up, we pick the seed pods from the vine and save them for the following
Spring. We have never purchased seeds since our first planting!
- Soak seeds in warm water for 24 hours. This speeds up the germination.
- Prepare the soil by loosening. Well-drained soil is best.
- Plant after the last frost.
- Locate them in full sun. (Yes, we know that does
sound contrary to their tendency to close in the hot sun. It seems that
Mother Nature has her own plan.)
- Provide a trellis, wall or other support for these
lovely flowers that can grow up to 20 feet. There are so many lovely
trellises available today and they can add beauty to you garden.
All I am left to say now is Good Morning Glory!
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