Ipomoea purpurea 'Hazelwood Blues'
Packet containing 25 seeds.
Hardy Annual. Vine/Climber
Flowers: June to September
Position: Full Sun
Height: 2.4 to 3m (7.5-9ft)
Spread: 30cm (12in)
Germination: 5 to 21 days
The stunning colour mixture of Ipomoea Hazelwood Blues brings together some of the most attractive shades of blue available in Morning Glories, from creamy pale blue to almost as dark as night.
This is a truly vigorous annual climber, ideal for covering fences, trellis or an ornamental garden arch. Ipomoea Hazelwood Blues will also look spectacular planted in a large container and then trained up and through an obelisk to create a wonderful patio feature.
Morning glory is an appropriate name for this beautiful Central American climber. The buds are long and tightly furled, but as the morning sunshine reaches them, they can be watched steadily unfolding themselves into 8 to 13cm (3 to 5in) wide sky-blue trumpets with clear white and yellow throats. Each flower lasts only a day, but others follow in quick succession. The trumpet shaped flowers up to 6cm (2½in) across, close in the afternoon and are attractive to bees and butterflies.
Choose a sunny position with moist soil, they cannot grow or bloom properly in the shade. The seed coating is rather hard, and it will hasten germination if you stand the seeds in tepid water for a day or two before sowing.
Sowing: Sow indoors in late winter, or outdoors in early spring
Sow indoors in early spring no sooner than 3-4 weeks before the last expected frosts, and 4 weeks before you plan to plant them outside. Alternatively, the seed can also be sown directly where they are to flower once all risk of frosts has passed. Keep soil moist during germination.
Sow into individual pots or trays of seed compost. Paper or peat pots are preferable. Use well drained soil and cover to a depth of 3mm (1/8in). Maintain a temperature of around 20*C and keep compost moist. Germination will take place 5-14 days
Plants are extremely resentful of root disturbance, even when they are quite small, and should be potted up almost as soon as they germinate. Prick out to individual pots, transplant into 7.5cm (3in) pots or trays.
Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions for 10-15 days before planting out in growing position after the last expected frosts. Space 15cm (6”) apart. Consider giving them some protection such as a cloche until they are growing away actively.
Prepare the ground well and rake to a fine tilth. If sowing more than one annual in the same bed, mark the sowing areas with a ring of sand and label. Sow 1mm (1/18th in) deep in rows 7cm (3”) apart.
Sow seed sparingly or they will choke out other seedlings.
The seedlings will appear in rows approx 3-4 weeks after planting and can be easily told from nearby weed seedlings. Thin the seedlings out so they are finally 30cm (12”) apart. Carefully replant thinned plants.
Remove spent flowers to encourage prolific blooming….and if you do not wish to have volunteer seedlings next year.
Seeds are harmful if eaten.
Ipomoea is a member of the Convolvulus family (kon-VOLV-yoo-lus), taken from the Latin convolvere, meaning to twine around.