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Ipomoea purpurea 'Grandpa Ott's'

Archive entry 31.07.11

30th July 2011

The annual Morning Glory have always been a bit of a problem for me, rather like Chilli Peppers and for the same reasons. They don't like cool summers, and cold weather when they are seedlings can give them a check that they never recover from.
Not one to accept defeat gracefully, or even to acknowledge the cool damp sumers that Cornwall usually manages, I am inspired to have a go from time to time. I grew 'Heavenly Blue' last year, and it wasn't worth the bother so I was going to leave it for a bit, and revert to killing Chillies but then I was given a free pack of seeds so here we go!
Germinated in a heated propagator to get them off to a good start, and then forgetting they were there for a fortnight so that they dessicated which was very nearly the end of it. Fortunately they forgave me, and have managed a good show through the summer in the greenhouse. If I had put them outside they would have been dead long ago.
The purple would have been darker in stronger light but I am happy enough to see flowers, I'm not going to split hairs.
Plenty of seed pods on the plants at the end of the year, it remains to be seen if I am interested enough to go through it all again next year.

2nd October 2011