Ordoman
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Urgent help! Help me save my favorite plant!

Hello everyone!

About half a year ago, I planted a few blue morning glory seeds I had collected a long time ago, and have been caring for them since then. But today, disaster struck.

My vines had grown beautifully, climbing the wall of my garden. Coming home today from work, I found they had been pulled off the wall by some imbecile. Only the bottom 2ft managed to stay attached, and are holding the weight of the rest (which was about 6ft high). I can't take any pictures right now, since it is dark and rainy outside, but the leaves look mostly OK still I don't know how long they'll stay that way. It's the stems that look badly damaged: they're all torn, broken and bent sharply in many places.

These plants have a very special sentimental significance for me, and I am really desperate to save them.

What should I do? I cannot reattach them to the wall, and the wall itself is of very weak block, so it wouldn't hold any nails or screws. Should I cut them where they were bent? Will they survive and blossom if I do? I will be very grateful for any help you can give me.

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I'm assuming the block wall must be pretty rough if the morning glories had climbed it without any additional aid. I usually use string or very thin support for them to climb on.

Morning glories will develop side branches if the vine is irrevocably damaged so I think your plants will be OK. The question is how to get them back on the wall. Is there any way to secure support material to the wall if only at the top?
1. Pencil thick up to about 1cm thick bamboo poles ?
2. Eye screws in the wall with twine or wire secured vertically -- anchor to the ground with something like tent pegs
3. Create support AWAY from the wall -- simplest would be long poles pushed into the ground in a circle and tied at the top in a tee-pee.

Whatever support system you decide, gently twine the vines around the supports. If they won't stay up, tie loosely with string or -- I often just use a twist of several long grass blades or stems. by the time the grass dries up and fall away, the vines will have established secure hold on the trellis.

Ordoman
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Thanks!

Update: I followed your advice and tried to save as many stems as possible, carefully untangling them from the ones that were too damaged. Took a long time, and many leaves withered and are falling, but they are now sprouting new branches and seem to be doing fine. I'll also be buying new wooden poles to dig into the ground along the wall.
Also, I found out who did it and am planning revenge, hehehehe.

Many thanks for helping me out =)

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Glad to hear they're recovering. Enjoy them when they bloom. :D

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