Moonflower Vine Growing Conditions

Serving Growing Ohios Grape and Wine Industry

Last January, January 6ththe official day of the polar vortex we experienced really damaging temperatures.Anywhere from around twenty below zero to about sixteen below zerowhere it killed the fruiting buds and it killed actual grape vines.And we've never experienced any damage like this before.And we've never we really didn't know the extentof the damage on the vines until April May in that time frame when we didn't see anybuds developing and even some of thetrunks cracked.

But the impact of that was dramaticwe have no crop at all in our vinifera and we grow varieties like Chardonnay, PinotNoir, Cabernet Franc, Rieslingand without any grapes, we were forced to buya lot of grapes. But it's had a huge impactas far as the grape production not to mention the actual wine losswhich is two or three years spanning. Because in some of the vineyardsthat will have to be replaced from the ground up

with new vines we will not get the first crop is three to four years out.So the impact is just dramatic and millions and millions of dollars.Actually in the viticulture program at Ohio Stateone of our focus of the research is cold hardiness of grapes.So really that's one of my expertise in this fieldof learning more about how grapes cope with freezing with cold in general.After this cold event our growers really needed a lot of help in terms of how to not onlyassess

the damage but also how to deal with the vinesthat are damaged. And we conducted a lot of workshops just toshow them how to prune the vines. Our relationship with Ohio State goes wayback in the 1980'sWe've had a long standing relationship with ongoing research in the wineryand in the vineyards. Currently with Imed Damiour research stems lately from the cold winter vortexwhere we've had a lot of the vines killed and damagedfrom the minus twenty degree temperatures.

Current research is kind of involved tothe extent of the damage to determine the actual damage andto have pruning studies done to see what was the best way to prunethese injured vines. We have not had temperatures that coldsince 1994 here and myself and a lot of the grape growershave not experienced this cold damage. So we need research to help uskind of figure out what's the next step and see what our future is in these vineyards.

Flower Gardening Tips How to Grow Moonflower

Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment,we're going to learn all about how to grow a moonflower. Well, there's lots of differentplants that are called moonflowers, and even lunaria or the money plant sometimes is calledmoonflower. But generally, what people are talking about when they talk about the moonfloweris the ipomoeas, and they're a beautiful plant that's a morning glory and very easy to grow.So the ipomoea alba, which is just a white morning glory, is found throughout tropicalregions all over the globe. So when they say tropical, it's near the equator, and anythingthat's.any climate that's very warm and has a lot of humidity and there's no seasons.So when it says tropical, they're from an

area that has no seasons. So when you're growingthem in a colder climate, you have to really grow them as an annual, and they're just aseed that you start in the spring. They make a large vine that blooms all summer, and witha gorgeous, white hibiscuslike flowers that are just gorgeous. They're really pretty becausethey bloom all summer through the fall, and they're great for a moon garden because they'rea moonflower. Another reason they call them the moonflower is that they actually openup at night. And during the day, the flowers will close, and at night, they will open.You don't see them unless the moon is out, and they bloom at night. So they're a gorgeous,interesting plant. And the best part of the

moonflower, the ipomoea, is the fragrance.The flowers have just a tropical, gorgeous, jasminetype fragrance that just makes yourwhole garden just have the gorgeous, gorgeous smell at night. So they're an easy annualto grow, so start them by seed, let them bloom all summer, collect the seeds in the fallor by more in the spring, and start them again. But don't put them outside until it's reallywarm out. It's got to be at least 60 degrees at night before you can put them outside becausethey're from zones 10 to 12. That means they don't even want any freeze at all. Even below50 degrees might damage them. But they're easy to grow, and they're a beautiful plantto add to your garden.

Growing Hyacinth Bean Vines

In the world of dependable annual vines, Ithink one has to include a vine called hyacinth bean. Hyacinth bean, as you see right here,is an extremely easy vine to grow from seed, and as you can see, it does it a really nicejob at covering most arbors or trellises that you might have in the garden. And what's really nice about this vine isthat it offers almost several different looks throughout the season. When it first startscoming up and growing, it offers you these really neat, trifoliate leaves that are greenwith kind of reddish veins in them. And then we start to get these really neat flowers—flowersthat are kind of almost like peashaped flowers

on these long spikes. But what's reallynice about them it then ends up producing these very large—these are kind of smallright now—very large, reddishburgundy, shiny, glossy pods. And these will last on the vine for latefalland winter interest. So, if you're looking for a vine that's easy to grow, you canstart these indoors, set them out after frost, will easily climb up any kind of support orstructure in the garden for a full open sun spot, think about hyacinth bean.

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