Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Q0274 Ipomoea nil

Q0274 Ipomoea nil by Gerris2
Q0274 Ipomoea nil, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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Ipomoea nil Kyushu strain Q0274 showing flower bud development. Look at the lovely leaf variegation.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Ipomoea nil 'Q0255'

Ipomoea nil 'Q0255' by Gerris2
Ipomoea nil 'Q0255', a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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Second flower of the Kyushu University strain Q0255. I need to grow this plant this summer so I can shoot it using natural light for best capture of its magnificent flower color.

This plant seems to be a dwarf, making a bonsai style plant without my having to snip any parts of the plant!

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Friday, January 25, 2013

Ipomoea nil 'Q0255'

Ipomoea nil 'Q0255' by Gerris2
Ipomoea nil 'Q0255', a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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First flower of this Japanese morning glory, true to type of parental plant.

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Ipomoea nil 'Q0255'

Ipomoea nil 'Q0255' by Gerris2
Ipomoea nil 'Q0255', a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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First flower of this Japanese morning glory, true to type of parental plant.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Ipomoea nil 'Q0255'

Ipomoea nil 'Q0255' by Gerris2
Ipomoea nil 'Q0255', a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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This small Japanese morning glory will show its morning face tomorrow!! Its flower appears as of it could be a chocolate color. I can't wait to wake up tomorrow to see it!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Japanese Asagao Garden Under Lights

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I potted two Kyushu strains in this container. They will survive together in peaceful coexistence. It it's my attempt to maximize available indoors container space. It should be no problem keeping them separated since they are different species (Ipomoea nil = Q0224 is the Higo asagao in top part of photo and Q1152 is Ipomoea purpurea in lower part of photo).

Note the interesting variegated leaf of Q1152.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Ipomoea nil cotyledons showing nice yellow color

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The seed leaves opened up nicely over the long holiday weekend. Of the 4 germinated seeds, I have 2 strong looking seedlings to watch grow on my office cubicle windowsill.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Heian no Izumi

Heian no Izumi 7 by Gerris2
Heian no Izumi 7, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

I wish I had a larger garden so I could grow again the varieties I had in the garden in years past. This variety, Heian no Izumi, was one I grew in 2009 and have fond memories of its HUGE purple flowers with variegated dragonfly leaves. It is one that did not make a lot of seeds for me. Aha, a reason to grow it again, to refresh the seed supply!

Orihime Japanese Asagao

Orihime Japanese Asagao by Gerris2
Orihime Japanese Asagao, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

It is only 4 more months until I can safely plant outdoors, think spring!

I grew this plant of Orihime back in 2009. It has huge billowy white flowers with maroon/reddish tube and lovely variegated dragonfly leaves. It was one of my wife's favorites that year.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Ipomoea nil futaba

Ipomoea nil futaba by Gerris2
Ipomoea nil futaba, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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Beautiful cotyledons of the deep blue/bright white tube/yellow variegated dragonfly leaf whose photo I recently posted. I admire its deep hypocotyl coloration and contrasting yellow color of the seed leaves.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Ipomoea nil under lights

Ipomoea nil under lights by Gerris2
Ipomoea nil under lights, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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I am winding the vine of this Japanese morning glory around a circular wire trellis as it grows. This Higo asagao has good leaf color and its even developing flower bud. I am hopeful and excited to see its flowers soon!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Ipomoea nil seeds

Ipomoea nil seeds by Gerris2
Ipomoea nil seeds, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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I sprouted 5 seeds I grew in 2009 for winter growing fun indoors. I thought I would have reduced germination due to seed age and appearance quality of the seeds. I am pleasantly surprised with what appears to be 80% germination after a few days.

Deep blue with yellow variegated leaf asagao

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I will be growing this asagao this winter indoors after having not seeing its beauty for 4 years. I hope to get a batch of seeds from the activity to maintain the strain.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Q0224 and Q0269 are installed in final containers

Q0224 Higo Asagao
Q0269 Asagao












Yesterday I installed the Q0224 Higo asagao and Q0269 asagao plants in their final growing pots. The young plants had begun extending their vines and were looking for a support on which to wind, so they were telling me to get busy.


I keep a worm bin to make vermicompost. Before installing the plants, I dug a hole in each of the growing containers about twice as deep as the root ball of the young plants. I went into the basement and harvested fresh vermicompost, as can be seen in the photo immediately above. Note the rich dark quality of this soil amendment that is teeming with beneficial microbial life. I filled half the hole with the vermicompost and then gently placed the plant on top of the vermicompost. The roots of the plant were in direct contact with the soil amendment. Finally I filled the hole back in with surrounding potting medium and gently firmed the medium around the root ball.
Here are photos of the plants in their final growing containers. As can be seen in the photos, I placed a lamp overhead to provide light to the plant. I use a 100W equivalent fluorescent bulb in each one as a light source, and the lamps are on short-day photoperiod timer, giving them about 10 or 11 hours of light each day. Overnight each plant found the vertical support on their own and they appear unaffected by the transplanting process. Let's hope for flowers and soon!!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Q0255 Ipomoea nil

Q0255 Ipomoea nil by Gerris2
Q0255 Ipomoea nil, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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I was tempted to take the flower buds off this very small plant, however, I saw no way to excise them without damaging the plant. Taking the flower buds off would induce the plant to funnel its energy into leaf and root making instead of flower production. I shall let life proceed without interventions and see what happens.

Morning glory plants from Kyushu University National Asagao Collection.

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Q0274 Ipomoea nil

Q0274 Ipomoea nil by Gerris2
Q0274 Ipomoea nil, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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Note the split in the latest leaf which developed. I am enjoying the leaf variegation on this very slow growing plant.

Morning glory plants from Kyushu University National Asagao Collection.

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Q1151 Ipomoea purpurea

Q1151 Ipomoea purpurea by Gerris2
Q1151 Ipomoea purpurea, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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Morning glory plants from Kyushu University National Asagao Collection.

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Q1151 Ipomoea purpurea

Q1151 Ipomoea purpurea by Gerris2
Q1151 Ipomoea purpurea, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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This strain should make tri-lobed leaves, and it appears the leaf in this photo has a rudimentary lobe developed.

Morning glory plants from Kyushu University National Asagao Collection.

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Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea by Gerris2
Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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Note the interesting variegated leaves of this morning glory.

Morning glory plants from Kyushu University National Asagao Collection.

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Micro-NIKKOR 3.5/55mm

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea by Gerris2
Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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Note the interesting variegated leaves of this morning glory.

Morning glory plants from Kyushu University National Asagao Collection.

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Micro-NIKKOR 3.5/55mm

Friday, January 11, 2013

What will you do differently in 2013?

Happy new year, fellow Asagao growers! This year I vow to grow a Demono system of Asagao. I have been advised by my friend Nobu Kato in Japan that one of the Dragon type Demono systems are good ones to grow out as a new student of the mutants. I looked in my allocation of seeds from Kyushu University National Asagao Collection and found I had about 25 seeds of Q0459. This Demono Asagao system has 4 flower types as can be seen in the reference photos I show below, obtained from their web site. I hope to see all of the flower forms this summer but I have a 1/16 probability of seeing the most mutated form. I hope I'm lucky! This year I will be modifying the soil in each container with the addition of home-grown vermicompost as well as more additions of biochar material. I added some worm compost tea to the small cups which hold my winter morning glory plants last week, and the plants are responding very nicely.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Ipomoea nil 'Q0269'

Ipomoea nil 'Q0269' by Gerris2
Ipomoea nil 'Q0269', a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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Lovely yellow leaf of this Japanese asagao. The yellow leaf morning glories are good for the various Japanese methods of pruning to produce a bonsai-style plant. The primary reason, I think, is the plant does not grow as vigorously as non-yellow gene plants.

Ipomoea nil 'Q0255'

Ipomoea nil 'Q0255' by Gerris2
Ipomoea nil 'Q0255', a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

This variety already has a couple of flower buds developing. I will remove them so the plant can become more strong in root system and leaf development.

Ipomoea nil 'Q0224'

Ipomoea nil 'Q0224' by Gerris2
Ipomoea nil 'Q0224', a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

This variety is growing at a slow and steady rate. A few more leaves and I can transplant it to its final growing container.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Ipomoea nil 'Black Queen' Variant

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This particular vine's flowers were among my favorites from 2012.


F2 population, Plant # 2

Friday, January 4, 2013

Star of India

Star of India  by Gerris2
Star of India , a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

One of the first Ipomoea nil morning glories I grew in my garden, years ago.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Ipomoea nil 'Q0224' Kyushu University Higo Strain

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Happy New Year!

Further development of a strain of Japanese morning glory whose ancestors are thought to have been grown by Samurai.

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Ipomoea nil 'Q0274' - Kyushu University Strain

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Happy New Year!

I look forward to seeing this plant develop into a mature flowering thing of beauty. From its reference photo on the Kyushu University morning glory web site, the plant looks to be a pink variation of the well known red-flowering Beni Chidori variety.

See here for a photo of the flowering plant: Kyushu Strain Q0274

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Ipomoea nil 'Q0269' - Kyushu University Strain

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Happy New Year!

Pretty yellow leaf of this Japanese morning glory plant.
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Ipomoea nil 'Q0269' - Kyushu University Strain

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Happy New Year!

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Ipomoea nil 'Q0269' - Kyushu University Strain

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Happy New Year!

Note the color of the seedling hypocotyl, which is indicative of flower coloration. In this case it predicts reddish flower which is the case in this strain. See the reference flower in the linked web page here: Q0269 Flower


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