Shiva Morning Glory Seeds (Ipomoea purpurea)

Packet of 100 Seeds
Sale price $2.95 Regular price $3.50

Bring a delicate beauty to your summer morning when you grow Shiva Morning Glories. Commonly seen decorating fences, railings, and trellises, the Shiva Morning Glory flowering vine will rapidly climb nearly any available surface.  Its blooms only last for one day, with its peak being early in the morning before the sun reaches a high point in the sky.  However, it grows so quickly and is such a prolific bloomer that each day will bring new flowers to enjoy.

About the Shiva Morning Glory

While its scientific name is the Ipomoea Purpurea, this lovely variety of Morning Glory is simply known as the Shiva Morning Glory.  This perennial cultivar blooms in shades of snow white to palest pink, with slightly darker pastel pink lines forming a star shape on the single, round petal.  Each pale, delicate blossom is between 2 and 3 inches wide at its peak.  The flowers are trumpet-shaped as they open, giving a wide, bright appearance in the early morning before they close again as the day grows warmer. 

This heirloom flowering vine grows rapidly along fences, railings, trellis, and exterior walls, and it reaches a length between 7 and 13 feet long.  The spade-shaped leaves are a vivid green, providing a lovely backdrop for the delicate white and pink flowers.  

Growing the Shiva Morning Glory

Once planted, the Shiva Morning Glory requires little to no care to thrive.  In a very short period, the flowering vine can establish itself and begin climbing and producing lovely flowers in the morning.  Even beginning gardeners can grow the vine from a seed easily, though it should be noted that the seed casings are very hard, and soaking them before planting can help them germinate.  

As a matter of fact, the Shiva Morning Glory grows so easily, gardeners need to take care to not plant other flowers near it as the Morning Glories can run over other plants.  In some areas, Morning Glories are considered a "pest" or invasive, due to how quickly it grows and spreads.  In a private garden, however, it is simply a lovely flowering vine that brings a delicate beauty to the garden from early summer until a frost.  

The Shiva Morning Glory doesn't work well as a cut flower or in cut displays.  The delicate nature and short life of the bloom, combined with the softness of the vine doesn't lend itself to vases or displays.  However,  this can be a nice addition to a hanging basket display with the vine trailing down from the basket.

History of the Morning Glory 

Morning Glories are originally from China, where the seeds were used as treatment for digestive ailments.  As early as the Ninth Century, Morning Glories were grown for decoration in Japan, and hundreds of varieties were cultivated.  They are frequently depicted in historic Japanese artwork where they symbolize summer.

While the Shiva Morning Glory is solely decorative, certain varieties of the Morning Glory are edible.  Throughout Asia, the Water Morning Glory is part of traditional cuisine.  The Ipomoea Aquatica is a green vegetable known as water spinach, ong choy, or even swamp cabbage.  Sweet potatoes, or Ipomoea Batatas, aren't typically thought of as Morning Glories, but they are part of the same genus, and the flowering sweet potato vine does have many similar characteristics.  

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If you want to create a shady spot with a trellis, dress up an old fence, or simply adorn a porch railing, the Shiva Morning Glory is an excellent option.  Able to thrive in nearly any conditions or environment, gardeners of all skill level should have no trouble growing this surprisingly hardy vine.  These gorgeous, delicate flowers will make any morning a glorious one.

Sowing The Seed

Morning Glory seeds should be prepped by a method of scarification and/or soaking, prior to sowing. Nick the seeds with sandpaper or a knife and soak in warm water, for 24 hours. If starting indoors, sow in peat pots, 6 to 8 weeks prior to the last frost. Place the seeds at a depth of 1/2" under topsoil. Transplant, or direct sow into the garden when the weather is warm and all danger of frost has passed.

Growing Conditions

Morning Glory plants will thrive in the heat of summer and prefer an area of full sunlight. Temperatures should be at least 70F or higher. The soil should be average to sandy, but also well drained. To increase drainage, we recommend adding a light compost to areas containing hard, compact soil. Water the seeds daily until germination has occurred, watering less frequently as time goes on. 

Germination & Growth

Morning Glory seeds typically germinate within roughly 7 to 14 days after sowing. The plants are known to grow and establish with the support of a fence or trellis. Each vine can grow to a mature length of 7 to 13 feet long, displaying large, trumpet shaped flowers all summer long. Each plant can be spaced about 18 to 24 inches apart, depending on the thickness of coverage you desire. Morning Glories are known to attract all sorts of beneficial insects to the garden, such as butterflies, bumblebees, honeybees & hummingbirds as well.

Our Promise

We promise to never knowingly carry or sell GMO based seed products. All seeds sold through Seed Needs are Non-GMO products and the vast majority seeds are produced from open pollinated plants. (A very low number of our seed products are F1 hybrids) Our seed stock is stored in a temperature controlled facility and our products are constantly moved out due to popularity. Each and every packet is intended for the current and the following growing season and will not be marked with an expiration date.

If you are to store your seeds for successful growth in the following year, we recommend placing the packets in an airtight ziplock bag. Place your seeds in a cool, dark and dry area of the home, such as a basement where they are kept at room temperature or below.

Our Guarantee

It is our goal to make you a happy customer! If you experience any problems with your seeds such as germination issues, we will replace or refund any seed product within 180 days of your purchase date. Please contact us directly for a resolution to any problems that you are having with our products.

Question: When should I sow these seeds?
Answer: This is something you must research for your specific region. We offer a ton of helpful articles in our Blog that explain in depth how to successfully grow the seeds within our shop. All of our product pages have useful information on sowing as well.

Question: What is the size of this packet?
Answer: Our traditional packages are 3.25" wide, by 4.50" tall. Some of our larger packages of Corn, Beans and Peas will be 4" wide by 4.675" tall, and our Wildflower packages containing bulk seeds are usually 4.50" wide by 6.45" inches tall.

Question: Are your seeds heirloom?
Answer: In short yes, a vast majority of the plant varieties we carry are heirloom. Heirlooms are varieties that have been passed down for generations.

Question: Are your seeds GMO?
Answer: No, we promise to never knowingly carry or supply any GMO based seed products and steer clear of seed producers from major GMO companies, such as Monsanto.

Question: Are your seeds Organic?
Answer: No, at this time we do not sell organic seeds.

Question: How long will shipping take?
Answer: This can sometimes depend on the size of your order, however 95% of our orders will ship within 24 to 48 hours. All orders ship First Class by default and can take 2 - 5 business days to arrive. Orders placed on a Friday may not ship until the following Monday.

Question: What if my seeds don't grow?
Answer: If you experience any problems with our seed products, contact us within 180 days of your purchase date for a resolution.

Question: Do the packages have sowing instructions on them?
Answer: Yes, all of our seed packets have detailed sowing information on the reverse side as well as a QR code that leads to the original product page here on our website.

Question: Why is there no expiration date on your seed packages?
Answer: Our seeds are contained within a temperature controlled facility in airtight containers. When we ship our seed products to customers, we fill a small portion of packets that sell on a weekly basis. We do not print an expiration date on the packets since the large majority of seeds technically do not expire for long periods of time, IF they are stored in the proper conditions. If you plan to store or save your seeds for the following year, we suggest placing them in a ziplock bag, later storing them in a dark, cool and dry area of the home.

Question: Can I receive a catalog in the mail?
Answer: At this time, we are focused on remaining solely online. We do not send paper catalogs in an effort to save more trees, as well as keep our prices low.

Question: I did not receive an invoice for my order.
Answer: We do not send paper invoices with our orders since the invoice can be viewed online with your Seed Needs account. You will also receive an invoice / order confirmation through email.

Question: What is the difference between a hybrid variety and a GMO based seed product.
Answer: Hybrids are a NATURAL process of cross pollinating two species, thus producing a first generation hybrid (F1.) For example: Mixing a red, double blooming, single stem sunflower, with a yellow, multi branching sunflower might result in a orange-red, double blooming, multibranching plant.

GMO based seed products are a completely different and unatural process of gene splicing in a laboratory. The process entails the introduction of a separate biological kingdom, such as a bacteria, or a pesticide. This bacteria or pesticide is then eaten directly by the consumer when the crops reach maturity. (BAD NEWS)

Question: Can you ship these seeds overseas?
Answer: At this time we only ship within the United States and Canada.