Ipomoea

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Re: Ipomoea
« Reply #45 on: July 25, 2021, 08:13:20 AM »
Seed collected from last years Mahogany Midget germinated well for me and have performed well again despite the heat that is seeing off many things. They are in a position that affords some shade in the middle of the day. Will make sure I collect seed again this year David and return some to their original donor. A delightful little plant 🙏
MGS member living and gardening in Umbria, Italy for past 19 years. Recently moved from my original house and now planning and planting a new small garden.

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« Reply #46 on: September 21, 2021, 09:03:55 AM »
Having been absent for some time due to trouble with my IPad I started to go through all the 'unread posts'. Unfortunately I was disturbed and had to leave it but was about to reply to some posts about Ipomea alba. Back this morning and I can no longer find the correct page.......so will post my comments here under Ipomea which seems a logical thing to do although I notice my last post under this heading was about Coreopsis🤔
Anyway.... Ipomea alba....... this year has been very disappointing and I put  it down to the extreme temperatures we have had throughout the summer.
I start my saved seeds early in the house ready for planting out as soon as night temperatures allow. I find the vines have to be quite mature before flowers start forming and eventually opening. In order to enjoy them more I put them in a pot in a different position to one used previously. The plants grew strongly and some flowering shoots appeared but before reaching any size they dried up and withered away. Finally when I had almost given up hope one flower opened....but others on the same stem keeled over and came to nothing as they approached fruition.   The position I chose this year for the plants was in a slightly hotter spot but with some shade during the hottest hours . This, coupled with the unrelenting heat we had this year from June onwards, was the reason for my disappointment I think.  My best results came when the plants were in almost permanent  light shade. Some new flowering stems are appearing now and temperatures have dropped considerably and so I am still hoping for the odd late bloom but next year they will be going back to their original position.   
MGS member living and gardening in Umbria, Italy for past 19 years. Recently moved from my original house and now planning and planting a new small garden.