It took over our deck. I have used modest amounts of Miracle-gro (water-soluble fertilizer), and keep it watered. Due to the large number, several were given away to family and friends, while I planted three in my own garden. In all, I have had only 2 seasons where I got little to no luck with them. Thinking I will have to transplant to a better location. On Aug 15, 2006, girldog from Detroit, MI (Zone 6a) wrote: Moonflowers have grown in my front yard for several years - as a perennial, in Detroit, MI. Whereas 'datura' is a shrub, and is appears to be tender perennual here in my area. We've moved (but not far) and I plan on trying these guys in hanging baskets and definitely throwing some in the ground to cover up the fences and walls. The thick vines and heart-shaped leaves are appealing in any weather, and the conical white flowers that bloom between the summer and fall seasons can light up even the dullest space with something that looks beautiful and stylish. hand. The plants don't seem to require much care other than adequate moisture, lot of sunshines. I had one in a pot and I was training it up the porch moving a few thumb tacks up each day to hold up the new shoots. I nick the seeds and set them right into the planting medium. Moonflower is a beautiful vining plant that produces pure white flowers, that span 6 inches in diameter. And despite its up-all-night habits, it is a member of the morning glory family. I had 11 blooms last night, and I absolutely love them. White Moonflowers are vigorous, climbing vine annuals. Fertilizer: Not required, but fertilizer containing phosphorus will encourage abundant blooms. I find that they need a lot of sun and warmth. I have planted them in different parts of the garden and in pots. It has been planted since May. The moonflower is a vigorous twining vine that is very fast growing in really hot weather. On Oct 2, 2007, nolafwug from Metairie, LA wrote: This was one of the first plants I ever grew. Four inch pots, with four seeds spaced evenly apart (to account for fails). Because they encourage us outside to see the flowers in all their glory, we experience our gardens in a different way than during daylight. Closely related to the Morning Glory, it’s leaves are heart shaped and it’s vines grow to a mature length of 8 to 10 feet long. If anyone knows of any other vines that bloom at night and aren't poisonus to animals ( i have 2 cats and a dog) I would like to know I am looking for other plants to grow other than the ones I do now which includes 2 types of jasmine, evergreen wisteria, potato vine, angel trumpet vine and occasionally morning glory and sweet pea. They're fast-growers, and by mid-summer, they've covered my trellis from one side to the other and half-way back again. Grow some along a fence with Datura inoxia at the base for some nighttime activity. I wasn't sure how they would do since I was planting then in pots and not the ground. Cover with waxed paper, NOT cling film, as that will suffocate the seeds. Keep this tray in a warm spot in the kitchen where you can keep your eyes on the moisture level of the tray: DO NOT ALLOW TO DRY OUT!!!! For Zones 4-7, pull vines down in the Autumn after seed pods have been collected (also, may be required to collect all seed pods). On Jul 21, 2012, bbmg31784 from Pinardville, NH wrote: Well I am from Manchester, NH and I have always wanted to try growing moon flowers. So far they have not sprouted all over. I hope y'all are enjoying yours as much as I do mine!! I have looked at the photos and they show either 1 type or the other. It has pink, red and green flowers as well as white. They seem to do best with morning light, but that might simply be because I've only had an eastern exposure in which to grow them. On Oct 12, 2004, oscarkat from (Zone 7a) wrote: I live in Maryland between DC and Baltimore zone 6b. That is a toxic plant that's a noxious weed here, and in my state its planting is illegal. Actually still blooming now in November her in Tennessee. I then keep them watered and outdoors in a place where they get sun. The smell is very strong. I usually have little sprouts in 5 days. Soaked for 24 hrs in warm water, slow until June, bloomed end of July and covered a whole arbor 6'x10', and zillion of flowers opening in the evening. I've planted the amongst my perennials (not the best idea - they tend to strangle my lily and hemerocallis stalks), had them climb up my katsura tree or climb up a trellis. The rest are struggling a little bit but that might be because they're in cheap plastic containers/water bottles. Luckily I always manage to harvest enough for next year's crop despite predations by those seeking their funkier delights because they do produce a prolific number of seeds with a very high germination rate. I am in awe of the copius amount of sweet smelling blooms it yields and I have a nightly ritual where I stand by my moonflowers at dusk and wait for the hummingbird moths to come and feed on the sweet necture. On Nov 5, 2014, LizaR from Gap, PA wrote: The first time I tried this plant some years ago, I had very little success in getting it to germinate. LOL The only downside is the wasps- they love the sweet milky sap that's trapped inside the buds and they are all over them. My consenus: start early! Zone 5 with a zone 7 micro climate until winter hits. I had no idea how large the blossoms would be, nor how striking in their simplicity. on either side of an arch. Aphids of every colour were brutal this year, but they didn't discriminate and just try to eat my moonflower vine, they ate everything! Since my heating pad automatically turns off after an hour or so (a safety feature), I make sure to turn it back on several times a day for two to three days. The moonflower is tolerant of a wide variety of soil types and acidity levels, but it does best in soil is nutrient-rich loam. Many get over two stories tall, with little fertilizer, although they do require a lot of water. In June, I uncovered and moved the pot to our deck where I had set up a trellis against the railing, with south-east exposure. k the following year. Because the light potting soil, and allowing them to develop large leaves and some vines, I noticed, by the end of it, produced MUCH MORE blooms. Fertilize regularly with half-strength high-phosphorus fertilizer during the blooming season. It doesn't start blooming until august or september when I plant it so late. Would not plant again. On Sep 25, 2007, Vinegirl from Baltimore, MD wrote: I'm very new to gardening, and just started planting moonflowers last year. I planted them around a tree in my backyard with morning glory vines behind them closest to the tree. I just would like to know how to harvest the vine ones seeds? On Jan 23, 2010, CrabgrassCentrl from New Milford, CT wrote: As a novice gardener, I stuck a couple of donated seed in a pot here in Zone 5/6 on a sunny deck in summer 09. I've let maybe 10 live and even that is too many. Our moonflower will produce huge delicately fragrant flowers that will be more than 4 in. Grew to about 8 feet, only had 2 short-lived blooms all summer and neither were very fragrant. Each stem carries several 4-inch-long buds. On a warm, summer evening, moonflowers will open in a matter of minutes. Hope this helps anyone interested in growing these beauties. Instead, place trellis-style support one foot away from the house and train vines accordingly (can use loosely-tied twine to anchor stems to preferred location, if desired). I really want it to grow so I can smell the flowers at night while I am on my deck. Large white or purple blooms on a climbing vine offer an amazing evening smell when growing moonflowers. This is a very fragrant plant. Moonflower has average water needs and you may water it about 1 inch per week, especially during hot periods. But in my experience if I wait until the heat arrives then it grows otherwise if I plant it earlier in the season it grows a couple of inches and just stays at that height until the heat comes. Try to keep them out of afternoon sun (I live in the middle of Long Island)...they will cook (in pots or in the ground) unless you plan on watering them a that "every day." The first year, with no experience, I had loads of beautiful moonflowers. The tips of new growth, at the very tip of the vine are black and I am worried that somethng else is worng with my Moonflower. However, I enjoyed growing moonflowers and they are always welcome in my yard. It's still in its black bag but it's already about 6 feet tall and flowering profusely. I've also heard it referred to as "trumpet flower" or "angel trumpet". On Jun 27, 2006, nyyank from Brick, NJ wrote: I don't know what's going on. I'm guessing that Ipomoea alba needs warmer conditions than Eureka can provide. I put 2 plants at the bottom of my porch railing and they've been wonderful, blooming like crazy and smelling so sweet! The scent in the evening is unbelievable. This year I am growing them in a hanging basket and they are doing poorly - no blooms and foliage is light green and barely spilling over side of pot. Update (8 Jan 16); it's now mid summer in Sydney, and my dense moonflower vine has been producing its large white delicate flowers on a daily basis, but I could hardly smell the fragrance. The leaves of the vine are also attractive. Sitting out in the evening has never smelled so lovely! There are several beautiful, glowing white flowers each evening, with a distinct but delicate aroma. 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