About Grandpa Ott Morning Glory: Morning glory flowers open with the morning sun and close when it sets. Though each flower only lasts for one day, their abundance and beauty have made them a garden favorite for centuries. Early Japanese and Chinese cultures especially valued this plant for its aesthetic and medicinal qualities. According to historical research, ancient peoples of Mexico and South America also used the sticky liquid of the morning glory vines as a crucial ingredient in the production of latex. Classic "Grandpa Ott" morning glories originally came from "Grandpa" John Ott of St. Lucas, Iowa.
Grandpa Ott Morning Glory Germination: In warm climates, seed can be direct sown in spring as soon as the soil reaches a temperature of 70-85 degrees F. For faster germination, nick the seed coat with a sharp knife or soak the seed in warm water overnight. 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.
Growing Grandpa Ott Morning Glory Seeds: These plants do well in well-drained moist soil, but also tolerate fairly dry soil; they prefer full sun. The vines grow very quickly, especially in heat; they will need significant support such as a fence or arbor. Without support, they will simply trail along the ground until they find something to climb. This plant self-sows readily, and attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. We cannot sell this seed to customers in AZ or MI.
Harvesting Grandpa Ott Morning Glory: These blossoms do not perform well as cut flowers, and are best enjoyed in the garden.
Saving Grandpa Ott Morning Glory Seeds: After flowering, this plant will produce seed pods that can be harvested as soon as the husk turns black. Remove the seeds from the husks and store them in a cool, dry place.
Detailed Grandpa Ott Morning Glory Info: Origin: Not US Native Other Common Names: Common Morning Glory, Ipomoea, Tall Morning Glory Duration: Annual Bloom Time: Late Summer Height: 72-96 inches Spacing: 15-18 inches Light: Full Sun Soil Moisture: Medium USDA Zone: 3a-9b Seeds Per Oz: 850 Produces a fast-growing vine with heart-shaped dark green leaves, and 5" flowers in deep purple with ruby red centers.