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I started breeding different types of winds this year and absolutely love them! If you haven't installed a winch yet, I strongly recommend adding it to your garden. This is a guide to easy winch maintenance.
I placed seeds and seedlings in different pots and areas on my patio to see where they would grow best. In part of our balcony, some grow against a wall. We even installed a white grid that really highlights the winds when they bloom in the morning!
Below are some tips on how to best enjoy the winds in your garden.
When do the winds bloom?
Winds usually bloom in spring and summer, but can bloom shorter or longer depending on where you live and how hot or cold it gets in your area. If you're not sure what can grow in your area, check out the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone map.
I see winds blooming all over the city all year round, but we live in a mildly weathered area. Older winds that I saw are getting very thick and full of beautiful flowers!
Where to plant winds?
Winches are climbers, so plan carefully where you want to install your winch. These can grow up to 15 feet long!
We have some plants that grow a lattice on a wall while some other winds grow in a hanging plant on the porch. Make sure there is enough space for your winch to grow as it will take up a lot of space at some point!
What do morning glories look like?
Morning Glories are a vine that allows beautiful flowers to grow in bright shades of blue, red, white, purple and pink. Its flowers are in the shape of trumpets and bloom in the morning. The leaves are also beautiful with their heart-shaped green leaves.
You can choose different winches in a specific color or get a range of different seeds for a colorful vine of winds!
How to make winds grow
Once you have your seeds, file them and let them soak for 24 hours so they sprout quickly. If you want to start them indoors, place one in each section of an egg crate and then lightly cover them with soil, about a 1/4 inch layer.
Once the seedlings sprout, you can transfer them when a second set of leaves appear on the seedling. Winds love the sun, so make sure there is plenty of sunlight to transfer the seedlings to. Place seeds or seedlings at least 6 inches apart so that they have enough space to grow.
Since winds like to wrap around objects as they grow, make sure they have something to grow, like a grid or pergola. Winds also grow well in containers and hanging planters as long as they have something to hold onto the vine.
You may need to "train" your winch to grow in the right direction. We grew up on a trellis. Sometimes our winds want to cling to a nearby plant or go in the opposite direction of the trellis.
In this case, gently wrap the vine or point it towards your pergola or trellis.
Morning glory care
Fertilize your winch once planted. Make sure they are watered when dry. Mulch the area around them so that weeds do not take over the area.
Winds are known for their reseeding. Therefore, cut off old flowers before doing this to avoid overgrown areas of the winds.
Morning glory pests and diseases
As with any other plant, winds can get sick and attract certain pests. Taking care of the winch means paying attention to diseases and pests.
Aphids, spider mites and caterpillars love winds. Something is enjoying the leaves near my floor. I still have to catch the culprit!
Fungus leaf spots and rust are common diseases that can also occur in winds. Use an organic spray or make your own sprays and pests and disease repellants.
Types of winds
There are several types of morning glory seeds that you can buy locally and online. Although the Heavenly Blue Morning Glories are the most common (at least here), there are other varieties in multiple colors. Here are some of my favorites:
Are winds toxic to dogs?
Be careful if you have pets. Winds are toxic to dogs and cats. Tiger hasn't bothered our dawn when he sneaks out.
If you have pets, be careful where they are when you are outside in your garden.
Winds have several meanings. Winds can represent love, mortality and affection. This may be because each flower only lasts one day.
Care of the winch
I hope you learned a few things about maintaining the winch in this post. Do you grow winds? What would you add to this post or what did you learn?
Let me know about your experience in wind care in the comment section below!