Morning glory is a classical favorite for gardeners. Flying saucers is among the most sought-after varieties of morning glory, valued for its blue, white-streaked flowers. This easy-to-grow flowering vine produces, as the name suggests, sizable saucer-shaped blooms. Climbing as high as 10 feet, this abundant bloomer is perfect for decorating mailboxes, fences, trellis and handrails. The plants produce numerous seed pods each containing four to six seeds, which should easily allow the plant to reseed itself for the following season. The seeds also have a historical significance in that they were used by Native Americans, most notably the Aztecs, who called the plant “tlitliltzin,” for divination. They believed the seeds would help them communicate with the Sun Gods.
While some instructions recommend soaking the seeds, this is not necessary. Simply plant the seeds 1/4”deep, preferably in a fertile, sandy soil. Be sure to keep the soil from drying out. Plants may be started indoors in pots, but it is easier to sow directly outside. This can be done in the fall or spring. The plants should easily reseed themselves after the first year. For perfect blooms, make sure the plants are in full sun. They must also have something to climb. Fertilization is not necessary if the soil is fertile to start with.