Growing Morning Glories & Moonflowers from Seed
Howdy, y’all! It’s been another week – two full weeks since we started – so let’s see where we are and what needs to be done next.
Last week, our moonflowers were still reluctant to appear, but this week they are growing strong! Five of my six seeds sprouted and developed a couple of leaves.
Most of the morning glories are doing well. A couple broke before they could get going, so a couple of losses there. Further, my Red Picotee sprouts are progressing very slowly compared to the other sprouts. That’s okay, though. We’ll just let them develop in their own time.
The morning glories that are the tallest, and the moonflowers will soon need some support to keep them from bending over and breaking under their own weight, but they are not ready to be planted outside yet. I got an idea for a quick and easy DIY garden project to address this from a pot roast.
Yes, you read that right. Click the link for the full story of how that went down: Create Your Own Mini Greenhouse
Greenhouses for All
In order to support my plants as they grow, I’m going to utilize my experimental mini greenhouse system, a cheap, fun, and fast DIY garden project.
- First, I’m using a small pointy tool to make eight tiny holes in the bottom of each of 15 cups. I have a plastic tub that all of these cups will live in.
- I’m writing the variety and date of transfer with permanent marker on masking tape and attaching that to the cup.
- Each peat pellet will be placed in its cup with potting soil filled in around it.
- TAKE CAUTION when doing this, as it is easy to break a stalk during this phase and the next.
- The top of the plant will be VERY CAREFULLY fed through the top of the dome lid so as not to break it. Then, the dome lid will be secured on the cup.
- Lastly, each cup will be filled with water and allowed to drain.
I will continue to keep the plastic tub full of cups in my living room near the rest of my indoor plants where I know they will get plenty of light. They will stay there until I think they can survive the onslaught of pests outside. I already have spots ready for planting, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.
A Step-By-Step Guide to the Mini Greenhouse Garden Project
Using a small pointy tool, make eight tiny holes in the bottom of each cup.
Write the variety and date of transfer with permanent marker on masking tape and affix it to the cup.
Place a peat pellet in each cup and fill in with potting soil. ***CAREFUL – It is easy to break your stalks during this stage.***
Feed the top of the plant VERY CAREFULLY through the top of the dome lid so as not to break it.
Secure the dome lid on top of the cup.
SLOWLY AND GENTLY fill each cup with water and allow to drain.
Place in well-lit area.
Ready to try this cheap, quick, and easy garden project for yourself? Please take a few minutes to watch my instructional video on YouTube. Each greenhouse takes less than five minutes to make! The video shows me transferring my morning glories and moonflowers in their peat pellets to the little greenhouses, but it would be very easy to substitute any little plant or to plant seeds directly.
Let me know in the comments what you think about the mini greenhouses and what your experience was if you tried it. I’ll keep updating on the status of our morning glories and moonflowers as their growth progresses.
Until next time!
Stay safe and healthy,
Bunny & Greg
The Grey Gnome