Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Monday, April 29, 2013

Asagao Farm on a Windowsill

Asagao Farm on a Windowsill by Gerris2
Asagao Farm on a Windowsill, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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The yellow leaf asagao are growing fast, with 2 full leaves in 7 days of being potted in their first container. I will soon bring them home to grow outdoors over the summer.

Ipomoea purpurea 'Q1152'

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

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The yellow star is especially visible in this portrait.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Japanese morning glory (Ipomoea nil)

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Yellow leaf heaven!

Kyoto 017 (Ipomoea nil)

Kyoto 017 (Ipomoea nil) by Gerris2
Kyoto 017 (Ipomoea nil), a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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Beautiful yellow leaf asagao is growing fast!

Kyoto 019 (Ipomoea nil)

Kyoto 019 (Ipomoea nil) by Gerris2
Kyoto 019 (Ipomoea nil), a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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Beautiful yellow leaf asagao is growing fast!

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea

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

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This little flower Japanese-developed asagao is putting on quite a floral show lately. It is a beauty, who can ever grow tired of it?

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea

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

Via Flickr:
This little flower Japanese-developed asagao is putting on quite a floral show lately. It is a beauty, who can ever grow tired of it?

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea

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

Via Flickr:
This little flower Japanese-developed asagao is putting on quite a floral show lately. It is a beauty, who can ever grow tired of it?

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea

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

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This little flower Japanese-developed asagao is putting on quite a floral show lately. It is a beauty, who can ever grow tired of it?

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Ipomoea nil Kyoto 017

Ipomoea nil Kyoto 017 by Gerris2
Ipomoea nil Kyoto 017, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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Future asagao garden is showing its leaves. I love the yellow leaf trait being expressed in the leaves. Don't you?

Ipomoea nil Kyoto 019

Ipomoea nil Kyoto 019 by Gerris2
Ipomoea nil Kyoto 019, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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Future asagao garden is showing its leaves. I love the yellow leaf trait being expressed in the leaves.

Ipomoea nil Kyoto 070

Ipomoea nil Kyoto 070 by Gerris2
Ipomoea nil Kyoto 070, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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Future asagao garden is showing its leaves. This is a closer view of the leaf shown in the previous photo. More the undulating wavy edge of the leaf. I do not know if this wavy edge will be seen in the mature leaf. Stay tuned.

Ipomoea nil Kyoto 070

Ipomoea nil Kyoto 070 by Gerris2
Ipomoea nil Kyoto 070, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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Future asagao garden is showing its leaves.

Eye Candy Morning Glory

Eye Candy Morning Glory by Gerris2
Eye Candy Morning Glory, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Short-Day / Long-Night Light Treatment Method

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In order to induce early flower bud formation in my Ipomoea nil plants, I subject the young plants to short-day light treatment (or long-night treatment). Japanese scientist, Dr. Yoshiaki Yoneda, described on his morning glory web site that if young plants are put into complete darkness for 14 hours over several days, up to a week, the plants will make flowers 20 to 30 days earlier than plants grown in a normal way without such light treatment. The total light blackout must not be interrupted, otherwise the desired effect will not be seen.

Notice I have taped small pieces of cardboard to the corners of the box and handle holes of the box. This is to block out any light through the small holes of the box I had on hand.

Short-Day / Long-Night Light Treatment Method

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This is a view of the lid of the light treatment box. Notice I have taped small pieces of cardboard to the corners of the box. This is to block out any light through the small holes of the box I had on hand.

Short-Day / Long-Night Light Treatment Method

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Notice I have taped small pieces of cardboard to the corners of the box and handle holes of the box. This is to block out any light through the small holes of the box I had on hand.

Future Asagao Garden

Future Asagao Garden by Gerris2
Future Asagao Garden, a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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Yellow Leaf trait morning glories getting their start on my office windowsill.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Ipomoea purpurea Q1152

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

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I love this little flower morning glory - I hope you are not tiring of it. :-D

Ipomoea tuberculata seeds

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

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I am looking forward to its spectacular yellow flowers this summer.

Ipomoea nil seeds 'Medal of Honor'

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The flowers are USA-patriotic, deep blue limb with bright white margin and red tube.

Ipomoea nil seeds 'Blue Silk'

Ipomoea nil seeds 'Blue Silk' by Gerris2
Ipomoea nil seeds 'Blue Silk', a photo by Gerris2 on Flickr.

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I will be growing Blue Silk again after a few years hiatus. It is the variety that made me forever addicted to growing morning glories!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Ipomoea nil

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

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Yellow Leaf trait, should make a very deep blue colored flower.

Ipomoea nil

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

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Yellow Leaf trait, should make a very deep blue colored flower.

The flower color, in general, can be predicted by observing the color of the seedling hypocotyl. This relationship was discussed by Dr. Yoshiaki Yoneda on his asagao web site.

Ipomoea purpurea Q1152 seed capsule

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I am happy to see this plant is making seeds. It is a beautiful plant that should be grown by everyone.

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea

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

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It would be interesting to photograph a long sequence of flowers to see the variations in the purple stripe patterns.

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea

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

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It would be interesting to photograph a long sequence of flowers to see the variations in the purple stripe patterns.

Q1152 Ipomoea purpurea

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

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It would be interesting to photograph a long sequence of flowers to see the variations in the purple stripe patterns.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Ipomoea nil cotyledons

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

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Kyoto 017

I was not certain this seedling would live, however, it has embraced life so it seems. This is another yellow leaf strain of asagao. Thank you Mabel for giving me the joy of growing these rare ones.

Ipomoea nil cotyledons

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

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Kyoto 070

Enjoy the yellow-green cotyledons of this lovely asagao seedling.

Ipomoea nil cotyledons

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

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Kyoto 019

This strain of asagao is identified as having the yellow leaf trait. Compare its cotyledon color with the that of Kyoto 037 and see the tissue is more yellow-green in the 019 strain. I am enjoying the red veins of the seed leaves too.

Ipomoea nil cotyledons

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

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Kyoto 037

Here are the cotyledons of a strain of Japanese-developed morning glory which I thought would be yellow leaf. Looking at the cotyledons suggests this strain will be green leaf type asagao.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Ipomoea nil seedling

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

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Japanese-developed asagao seedling is growing fast. This morning glory has developed a long root and is developing branch roots. I will pot it on today, it is on its way to making glorious mornings!

Ipomoea nil seedling

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

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Japanese-developed asagao seedling is growing fast. This morning glory has developed a long root and is developing branch roots. I will pot it on today, it is on its way to making glorious mornings!

Ipomoea nil seedling

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

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Japanese-developed asagao seedling is growing fast. This morning glory has developed a long root and is developing branch roots. I will pot it on today, it is on its way to making glorious mornings!

Ipomoea nil seedling

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

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Japanese-developed asagao seedling is growing fast. This morning glory has developed a long root and is developing branch roots. I will pot it on today, it is on its way to making glorious mornings!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Starting seeds of Morning Glory

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This view shows how I germinate and initially grow out the seeds. The cups are made from recycled plastic bottles, cut in half and labeled with the variety name or code number. I put a couple centimeters of dechlorinated water in the bottom of each cup. I nick the seed coat slightly, enough so I can see the whitish endosperm, and then drop the seed into the water to soak for 6 to 8 hours. The seed is placed into water-moistened folded paper toweling then put into the cup as can be seen in the photo. Keep the cup in a warm place out of direct sunlight until the seed germinates and makes a nice sized seed root. I usually pot on the seedling once the cotyledons begin to expand and it is easy to remove the seed coat. Keeping the paper towel vertically is handy because the seed root grows between the paper towel folds rather than into the paper towel, thus making it very easy to remove the seedling.

Ipomoea nil seedling

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

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Yellow leaf trait asagao, good candidate for bonsai presentation of the plant.

Ipomoea nil seedling

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

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Yellow leaf trait asagao, good candidate for bonsai presentation of the plant.

Ipomoea nil seedling

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

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Yellow leaf trait asagao, good candidate for bonsai presentation of the plant.

Ipomoea nil seedling

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

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Yellow leaf trait asagao, good candidate for bonsai presentation of the plant.

Ipomoea nil seedling

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

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Yellow leaf trait asagao, good candidate for bonsai presentation of the plant.