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Native Morning Glory
Characteristics: Creeping twining vine to 2.6 m
Seeds per packet: 25
A fast-growing trailing or climbing vine related to the bush potato with heart shaped leaves and large funnel shaped flower 4 cm long and 5 cm wide that occur in various colours from pale pink to reddish purple throughout the year in its native range.
Prefers a well-drained soil in an open sunny position, drought resistant but frost tender.
Occurs naturally in the Northern and arid regions of Australia.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C.
Ipomoea seeds germinate readily, however they do have a hard outer coating which is impervious to water and generally germination will normally not occur unless the seed is scarified by abrading or pre-treated with boiling water first.
General note: Seeds of many plants are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.