Moonflower
Growing Information and Photos

These Moonflowers grow in Massachusetts. First, you get the seeds and nick them with a knife so they can open up more easily. Soak them overnight and then plant them. under 1/2" of soil. It takes up to 3 weeks for the seed to germinate and then 2-3 months before they create flowers.

In this image, the not-quite-growing seeds in the right three rows are moonflowers. The seeds are being grown inside, in a sunny window, with a clear plastic cover over the seeds. The moonflower seeds are HUGE, about the size of raisins. In comparison the seedlings on the left are morning glories, which have much smaller seeds. I had planted them on April 8 2009, after nicking them and soaking them overnight. This photo is from April 10th, two days later.

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By April 12th they were already beginning to sprout! Yes not as enthusiastically as the morning glories, but they were doing very well :)

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The moon flower is also known as the "evening lily" - they open up into lovely white flowers in the evening. They are annual vines. I like planting morning glories and moon flowers together so that they each open during their time of the day!

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The flowers are up to 6" across. They primarily flower beteween dusk and dawn. The vines can get up to 15' tall.

These photos are all courtesy of Mensa Gardening SIG members.

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