Moon Plant Seed Germination
Ipomoea alba. Commonly known as the moonflower or moonplant and also moon vine. The vine is a native of subtropical and tropical America. It grows as both a perennial and an annual depending on weather conditions. Annual plants complete their entire life cycle, from seed to seed, in a single growing season. Perennials grow year after year often taking years to mature. These white, trumpet-shaped flowers bloom during the night time rather than the day time. They can grow to a height of 15 feet or more. But don’t be fooled by their beauty! The moonflower seeds can cause hallucinations when ingested. These seed can also lead to blurred vision, disorientation, rapid heartbeat, dry mouth and skin, and potentially death.
This plant is a tough one. It can endure through negligence--is it moderately tolerant of drought. They thrive best in fertile, moist soil, and full sun—though on days of extreme hot weather it’s better to have some shade. Although they can survive in poor and dry soils. They are supposed to germinate more rapidly in warm soil. It’s a slow grower during the year, but the rate of growth increases immensely during the summer months. In an experiment temperature has proven to be a very important factor in seed germination. Heat and cold have impact on the seed’s environment. It can affect the moisture availability. If a seed is planted too early in the spring or too deep in the ground the cool temperatures will delay the plant emergence or even prevent the seed from sprouting. If the seed doesn’t sprout, the moisture around the seeds will cause them to rot.
High and warm temperatures also have their dangers. If a seed stays at too high a temperature, they won’t be able to grow. The high temperature increase moisture loss and can potentially kill the seedlings. Not keeping the plant at a constant temperature can cause growth deficiencies as well. The fluctuating temperatures can cause the roots to develop poorly....