Even a small 3 gallon pot can house the enormous ‘Mammoth’ sunflower. Intro: Ten-foot giant sunflowers really can be grown in plant containers (even in small 3-gallon nursery pots). Moonflower requires more water when the vine has healthy new growth and the roots begin to fill the container. Keep the seeds from younger children because moonflower seeds are toxic when eaten. Datura is a genus of herbaceous flower plants commonly referred to as Angel's Trumpets and Moonflowers. In cooler areas, plant moonflowers once the ground has reached a temperature of 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove the moonflower from its previous growing container. Provide a sturdy trellis. Our first picks are from ‘HGTV Gardens‘. Moonflowers grow on long vines that can grow up to 70 feet long in tropical areas where they are perennial. Reapply fertilizer once a month. Caren White is a Master Gardener and instructor at Home Gardeners School. First the moths are attracted by the scent and then as they follow the scent, they can see the white flowers glowing in the moonlight. I've been trying to train them, but they're kind of going nuts. It’s best to direct sow moonflowers in your garden because they don’t like having their roots disturbed. These can be planted in the garden. The fast-growing vine thrives in a hanging basket where its cascading vines flow over the side of the basket. By removing the pot rather than the plant, there is less chance of disturbing the roots. Jun 12, 2017 - If your garden area is used for evening relaxation and entertainment, add the enticing fragrance of moonflowers in the garden. Use a fertilizer that is formulated specifically for flowering plants or one that has a high middle number which is the phosphorus. Or, you can plant moonflower seeds when temperatures are consistently at least 60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. In other climates, you can grow it as an annual. Mar 17, 2017 - Enjoy the sweet scent of moonflowers (Ipomoea alba) on your evening porch. How to Care for Corky Stem Passion Flower, Texas A&M University Extension: Moonflower, The Old Farmer's Almanac: Morning Glories, Colorado State University Extension: The Night Shift, University of Illinois Extension: Growing Vines in Containers, Texas A&M Cooperative Extension: Morning Glories and Moonflowers, Texas A&M University Extension: Tropical Times -- A Garden From Seeds. In fact, I would recommend planting some of each (4 to 5 seeds) together in the same pot. Moonflowers also have a delightful scent. Soaking them in water overnight softens the outer shell so that water can penetrate to the seed to prompt germination. Start your seeds 6 – 8 weeks before your last frost. My first time trying these. She has been associated with Rutgers Gardens for over a decade. Learn how to grow moonflowers in this article. 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