Moonvine / Moonflower - Ipomoea alba
10 open pollinated seeds from our gardens for $4.00.
The Moonvine is a very vigorous annual climber that can easily reach 3 metres in height and up to 4 metres wide. As dusk approaches the large fragrant, lightly iridescent white flowers unfurl making themselves available to the night time pollinators. The flowers may only last a night and into the early morning but they more than make up for it by their sheer size which is approximately 15cm across and will flower for several months.
Sow seeds in early Spring or after frost. Soak seeds in warm water for 24 hours to hasten germination. Sow where they are to grow or in a pot (planting out when the first true leaves appear) and cover the seeds with about 1cm of soil. Keep moist. Germination takes between 7 – 10 days.
Flowering commences after the vines establishes itself in size, so is a variable factor, though usually a couple of months after sowing. Plants do well in full sun and are great for covering a sturdy trellis,
fence or arbor.
If you don’t want volunteers in the garden, dead heading once a week will keep that under control.