How to grow hypomea in pots: advice onexposure, planting and treatment. The most suitable species for pot cultivation and plant care.
Campanella or hypomea
It is a beautiful flowering garden plant that can give great satisfaction even if grown on the terrace or balcony. The hypomea is a plant belonging to the Convolvulaceae family, there are about 500 species and so we end up talking about:
- perennial hypomea
- shrubby hypomea
- ipomea arborea
- climbing ipomea
- succulent hypomea
These plants are also known by the name ofbells: the name is linked to the shape of the flower which looks just like the classic bell! THEflowersthey are very decorative, they can be double or simple and have colors ranging from purple to blue, from yellow to white. Another feature of the flowers is that they tend to open in the morning and close in the evening.
Ipomea in vase
Before talking about hiscultivationand of care to dedicate to this plant, let's focus on which species are most suitable forcultivation in potsand what thepot size.
More than ofhypomea in vasewe should talk aboutplantersso as to be able to grow more plants and obtain extremely ornamental flowering spots.
In ajar50 cm long (the classic rectangular planter!) it is possible to plant 3 plants. In pots, it is possible to successfully cultivateclimbing ipomea: just set up, behind the pot, a grid that acts as a support, on which the plant iswill climb. When it comes tohypomea in vaseit would be better to choose the species:
Ipomea purpurea (annual plant)
Features heart-shaped leaves. THEflowersthey are propora-violet in the shape of a bell (or funnel) which has a lighter central part, tending to white. L'ipomea purpureait is quite resistant but it is not perennial: it is an annual species. Varieties of this species can be obtained withflowersmagenta, red, pink, white ...
Ipomea indica (perennial plant)
Known as Ipomea learii or Ipomea acuminata: it is widespread in southern Italy and is also easy tocultivate. Those looking for aperennial hypomeait can point to hypomea indica. The flowers are blue, lafloweringstarts in mid-spring with flowers 8-10 cm wide.
Ipomea coccinea(annual plant)
This plant is particularly suitable for those looking for aclimbing ipomeathat can reach considerable extensions: it grows up to 5 meters in length. The flowers are scarlet with a yellow throat. It is a fragrant morning glory. It grows very fast, has minimal needs and deliversbloomsvery abundant. It blooms from late spring and flowering lasts until the beginning of autumn.
How to grow hypomea in pots
How to plant the morning glory? Just set up a planter with a metal support: a 10 cm mesh net. Thereplanterit should be filled with a mixture of soil composed, in equal parts, of:
- universal soil
- garden soil
- sand (to promote drainage)
Near the drainage holes of the pot, place a couple of pieces of earthenware (so you avoid preparing a layer of expanded clay that would take away soil and space for the roots).
When you buy a potted morning glory, you can repot it in your planter respecting onespace awayequal to 18 cm between one plant and another. When planting in pots, add more soil where it is missing until leaving two cm from the upper edge of the veso.
For thecareto dedicate to the plant, include:
- constant watering
- periodic summer fertilizations (every 15 days with liquid fertilizer for flowering plants)
- sunny exposure, the plant wants a lot of sun but also tolerates partial shade areas
The hypomea indicates, which we have described to you asperennial hypomea, it behaves as an evergreen plant only in Southern Italy and in those areas where the climate is temperate. It has a vigorous growth that must be supported with fertilization.
Ipomea does not bloom
If the plant does not bloom, it is likely that it is stressed. Maybe you did a repotting outside of the period? If you have recently repotted the plant, it may not flower as it is adapting to the new soil.
Other causes may be lack of light: the plant wants full sun, tolerates partial shade but only if the position is still very bright.
Ultimately, you may have overdone your fertilizing. The plant must be fertilized only in summer: an excess of fertilizer can lead to a very vigorous development of green vegetation (leaves, stems, lateral shoots ...) to the detriment of flowering which will be deficient or completely absent.
Cultivation can start from the already developed plant or from its seeds. Where to buy them? On the occasion of nursery fairs, in garden centers or by taking advantage of online sales. At “this Amazon page“, for example, you can find a large selection of cultivars ofipomee with colorful flowers.