Gardening

Ipomoea alba produces flowers that can be seen at night

Ipomoea alba or Ipomoea amole also called Moon Flower , Moon Vine, Moon Flower Vine, Lady of the Night or Giant White Moon Flower. It belongs to the Convolvulaceae family and is native to America and Africa.

Characteristics of the Ipomoea alba

Perennial climbing or creeping plant that can reach 10 m in height. The leaves are evergreen, large, heart-shaped, bright green. The flowers are white with yellow touches, bell-shaped, endowed with hermaphrodite reproductive units and are perfumed. In addition, they open at night and close at the beginning of the day, blooming in spring and early fall.

Ipomoea alba care

It is a fast-growing plant to cover walls, fences, pergolas , or as coverings for low walls and slopes. And despite being perennial plants with a colder climate, it can behave as an annual.

It can thrive in full sun or semi-shade exposures and is required in warm climates.

This species can grow in any soil, whether clay or sandy. Although preferred that they are well drained and contains organic matter.

Watering should be frequent so that the soil never dries completely. So it should be 2 to 3 times in the summer, 1 or 2 in the spring and 1 in the winter.

As for the payment must be in early spring with a compost input light so that it can develop very vigorous.

Pruning can be performed after flowering to remove flowers and withered leaves and thereby control their growth.

It can be multiplied from seeds sown in spring previously put to soak in hot water for about 24 hours. In addition, they can take stem cuttings in summer.

As for problems that could be generated if you have the right humidity, it is that becomes susceptible to attack red spider mites, mealybugs and aphids.

It is a plant that will stand apart in the garden and give that subtle aroma. So if you did not know it, you could consider it in your next acquisition. Do not forget that rapid growth will make these gaps can be filled sooner than you think Like? Had you heard about it? Tell us about your experience.

Images courtesy of: Bob Peterson , Bev Wagar

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