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August 20, 2016

QuestionI want to send moonflower seeds to our daughter in Florida but my moonflower does not produce any seed pods whatsoever. What advice can you offer me?   


 AnswerThere are two plants commonly called moonflower and both set seeds.  Moonflower Datura is the large white flower that is formed on a bush-like plant. It dies to the ground each winter and reappears from the root system, but most flowers will form a seed pod. It is a small round seed pot covered in spikes.  They start out green then ripen to brown. Once ripe, the pods naturally split open releasing the seeds.  As soon as you see them turning brown you can harvest and send to your daughter. The other moon flower is a vining annual morning glory.  They will set a small rounded seed capsule which contains 5 or 6 seeds.  Again, they must be fully mature for the seeds to be viable.  Not every flower from either plant will set seeds, but if you have many blooms, you should see seed pods.   

 May 2010

QuestionWhat shrub would you recommend as a hedge in the Cammack Village area? I'd like to create a living screen to hide a shed & work area in the backyard. The shed sits at the back of the property which is fairly narrow & deep like a rectangle. What vine would you recommend to use for a small arbor which located just out the back door of the house on the same property? 

 AnswerIs the area shaded where the hedge will be planted? If so here are some good choices: wax myrtle, illicium (Florida anise), cherry laurel and Sweet bay magnolia--this last one is not evergreen. In sunny conditions you can use Little Gem magnolia, one of the hollies- Foster, Yaupon, Lusterleaf, Nelly R. Stevens; or eleagnus. For the vine, you could use a mix: trumpet honeysuckle, clematis, akebia and some annual vines: moon flower morning-glory, cypress vine and hyacinth bean.