Many gardeners are confused and call morning glory bindweeds. While the plants are separate species, they do have similar stubborn growth habits and are difficult to eradicate just with pulling. Morning glory weed control is a multi-part task. Pre-emergent herbicides will not work on this plant and pulling is labor intensive and tends to just break the vine, which may even re-sprout.
Morning glory weeds in the garden can be viewed as a nemesis due to the rapid spread and ability to take over garden areas. Alternately, you can release that tension and go Zen by admiring the twining vines and lovely soft flowers. Most gardeners want to know how to kill morning glory weeds, but if you have a big back forty or a wild spare lot, the morning glory vine is an excellent no-care plant that will persist and produce lovely spring and summer floral displays.
Systemic and broad leaf herbicides have some effect, but you need to spray early in the season when the plants are young. Painting it on the leaves helps prevent drift and surrounding plant injury. You will need to be vigilant and monitor for new plants and treat them.
Morning Glory Vine Info
Morning glory belongs to a family of unique and tenacious plants called Ipomoea. It is very closely related to the Convolvulus, or bindweed plants, which are perennial. Morning glory vine is an annual but reseeds itself so successfully you really wouldn’t know it.
Morning glory is more accommodating and the seeds are widely available in a host of colors. The slender stems grow rapidly and twist around each other for support. Flowers are funnel shaped, sometimes with a deeper or lighter throat. Garden supply centers carry the plant in pink, rose, purple, lavender, and white. The name morning glory vine stems from the flowers’ habit of opening in the first rays of morning light, and closing when the full heat and sun of the day arrive.
The bindweed plants grow from rhizomes, or underground storage structures that promote the spread of the weed. They are hardy and tenacious, opportunistic weeds that get into cracks and crevasses and are nearly impossible to remove. Many gardeners classify morning glory bindweeds as one type of plant. On the contrary, their separate taxonomy and growth patterns clearly identify the two as very different plants with similar flowers.
Another difference between morning glory and bindweed is the availability of the annual seeds and lack of access to bindweed seeds. Who would want to grow a weed that can visibly grow in a day, spreads over almost any surface, and doesn’t die unless you apply chemicals?
When it comes to plants, the name can be a deal-maker or deal-breaker. One example is morning glory. For some, the name conjures up nightmares of twisting vines that strangle your flowers; for others, the name brings visions of delightful, wonderful flowers.
Popular types of Ipomoea tricolor include the showy Heavenly Blue flowers. Additional cultivars that have a blue or variegated flower include Flying Saucers and Blue Star.
The nightmare commonly known as morning glory is correctly called field bindweed. This deep-rooted, noxious weed is unwelcome in any garden. Its Latin name is Convolvulus arvensis, and it comes from the Convolvulaceae family.
They are not too fussy about soil as long as the drainage is good. If you have heavy clay, add coarse organic matter to the soil to improve drainage. They do not need extra fertilizer at planting because excess nitrogen fertilizer produces lots of green vine but few flowers. As the plants start to bloom, a good complete fertilizer will keep them in shape.
If you prefer maroon to violet shade, Scarlet O’Hara, Scarlet Star and Scarlet Climber are good choices. Fortunately there are many other types, including Pearly Gates, a white mutation of Heavenly Blue, and the popular Star of Yelta, also known as President Tyler or Grandpa Ott.