Off topic: Costa Rica - Gloria de la manana, morning glory
Thread poster: Martin Wenzel

Martin Wenzel
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Oct 6, 2007

Dear colleagues,

I don't know how I ever got bitten by the morning glory bug, but it happened this year. I found this plant very interesting when I started growing this vine on my trellis in my backyard last year. It's now become my hobby to get unglued from the computer screen...

So far I have had very interesting growing experiences trying to battle the extreme heat here in Morocco and also red spider mite, a horrible bug that killed all my plants within 10 days last year...Next year I shall be better prepared using improved home-made concoctions and commercial sprays...

To cut a long story short, here is an example of the plants that I am growing:¤t=Ipomea2colours.jpg

Another more unusual "gentian-type" version¤t=Enzian.jpg

And finally, one of the very unusual colour changes that took place this year, the cause of which has not been clearly established. It could be the heat or minerals in the soil from the Atlas mountains that causes these colour changes.¤t=FlyingSaucerandHB2007.jpg

I am looking for the plant called "operculina pterides", which is a salmon-coloured native morning glory (liana) of Costa Rica.

My question is: Are there any Costa Ricans who know "jardinerias" or "botanistas" I may contact to get some seeds...or who have friends in Costa Rica thay may be able to help...

Thanks a million.


PS. I have contacted the UCR, university of Costa Rica...will have to see if they get back to me.

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Karin Kutscher  Identity Verified
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I've got bitten by that bug too Oct 6, 2007

Those are some great images! Morning glories are my favorite flowers and I'm growing a few varieties too. They're so sweet, gentle, mysterious and inspiring.

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Martin Wenzel
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Very true, I find them inspiring, too.

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