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Moon Vine & Morning Glory Pot Size?

I plan to grow moon vine and 2-3 morning glories in one pot on my balcony, hopefully twining the vines around my skinny metal railings. (And the morning glories around the moon vine.) I’ll use fishing line if needed. How big a pot will I need? Should I plant 1 or 2 moon vines in the pot? This pot will be on the exposed south end of my east-facing balcony, with lots of morning sun. Thanks for any suggestions!

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I don’t know if this is ideal or not, but I successfully grew 5 morning glories the year before last in a rectangular planter about 7″ wide x 30″ long x 8″ deep. They did fine.

The next year, their babies sprung up all over the planter! I thinned those, but there were still far more than 5 (closer to 10 I would guess). And those did fine, too, until I killed them by overwatering.

How much trellis you have for them to climb is, I think, as much of a consideration as how much pot you have to plant them in. My 5 morning glories made an almost solid mass of leaves on a string trellis that reached about 7′ up and fanned out to about 5′ wide at the top. I haven’t grown moon vine yet but apparently it’s even more vigorous, so too many on insufficient trellis space might result in a tangled mass. There’s a balance to strike between “lush” and “overgrown”.

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Thanks Kristin! Moon Vine seems much larger, so I was worried about having a big enough pot. I hope to wind the vines around my balcony railings, but I may grow them up and down a wooden lobster pot. I’ll be careful with the water.

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The bigger the pot, the bigger the MFs will grow (particularly if you get alot of sun). They are perennials down your way. The MGs can grow just about anywhere, including out of cracks.. I too have many many that pop up every year and reseed themselves every year in my containers.

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But.. But.. Jenny. You have grown such beautiful glories in 6″ pots.

Is THIS why my MG’s always look.. well, bored? I tend to grow them in small pots with the lousiest soil I can find, in full morning/noon sun (balcony faces east, but gets a LOT of heat in the mornings) and try not to overwater. Do I just need to change the pot size to get enormous blooms?

Because I should add that I’ve done the same with larger pots and never really been satisfied with the blooms. 🙁

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I gotta chime in here. Im a HUGE MG/ MF fan, and have grown them for about 5 years now out of those big green (maybe 12″ long by 8″W by 10″ deep containers.) As jenny can probably attest from photos,( and HEY Jenny! great to “see” you again) my MG’s and MF’s got about 25′ or so, from the above mentioned conatinaers, with about 3-5 plants per container. With good soil, and good sunlight, they will GROW and GROW and GROW.

MGs and MFs dont “LIKE” poor soil, however they will produce more booms, much earlier in poor soil. When there is an abundance of nutriants available for the plant to grow, it will do just that FIRST, GROW. Thus producing blooms later in the season. You will end up with very LARGE leaves on very LARGE vines until about July, t hen you will start producing blooms. In Poor soil, the vines can be somewhat “spindly” or small, and the leaves will be smaller as well, however you will produce more flowers, earlier.

It all depends on why you are growing them. If its ONLY for flowers, grow in poor soil with little nutriants, and youll get lots of blooms on fairly young plants.

If it is for foliage ( and blooms) grow them in good, nutriant rich soil, and feed them miracle grow once a month, and youll have HUGE plants with HUGE leaves ( for privacy) that will stay that way most of the year. BUT, they wont start really producing massive blooms until half way thru july.

SO you see, you are largely in control of the types of vines you get, and the amount/ timing of the blooms you get. rest assured though, that in the end ( late summer into sept) you will get massive amounts of flowers on both vines irregardless of the poor or nutriant rich soils you choose to use.

Hope that helps!

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novaplantguy_z7b_8a – Thank you for your contribution to this subject and the relevancy of the growers interested results as per soil conditions. (??’irregardless’??).

There are a number of different substances that are considered to be nutritive to plants and that could very generally be called ‘fertilizers’.

The different nutrients that are considered as essential for plant growth are referred to as Macronutrients(Major or primary),Minor Nutrients(secondary) and Micronutrients. plant growth and behaviour is also affected by elements,compounds and hormones not considered essential. the useage of the terms ‘fertilizer’ and ‘rich’ or ‘poor soils are relative fuzzy non-specific terms that can sometimes be misleading.

The Macronutrient Nitrogen is the nutrient that is most likely to result in ‘delayed’ flowering in the Morning Glories most commonly seen in garden cultivation. the Macronutrient Phosphorus is often bloom stimulating and can sometimes overide the effects of a Nitrogen rich growing medium thereby causing the induction of earlier flowering . Phosphorus is often a main component of bloom boosting fertilizers. there are also bloom boosters that are vitamin and plant hormone based that will not stimulate excessive foliage growth or delay flowering.

Hoping this information may help to clarify the literal and rhetorical useage of the terms fertilizer and nutrients as related to plant nutrition.

I plan to grow moon vine and 2-3 morning glories in one pot on my balcony, hopefully twining the vines around my skinny metal railings. (And the morning glories around the moon vine.) I'll use fishing line if needed. How big a pot will I need? Should I plant 1 or 2 moon vines in the pot? This pot wi…