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Vinca, Catharanthus roseus (Any Color) - Plant

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Abundant blooms and ease of care make vinca an excellent selection if you have little time to tend your garden.

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1Vinca, Catharanthus roseus (Any Color) - Plant
25 inch (13 cm) Grower Round Plastic Pot (Black)
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About Vinca

The clear crisp flowers and glossy green leaves of annual vinca are so perfect you may be tempted to rub them to see if they are real. The plants are grown for its attractive glossy, green foliage, as well as its flowers.

Vinca plants are subshrubs or herbaceous, and have slender trailing stems 1 to 2 m (3 to 6 feet) long but not growing more than 20 to 70 cm (8 to 30 inches) above ground.

Plant Specifications

Plant Height9 inch (23 cm)
Plant Spread 4 inch (10 cm)
*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
Common Name Vinca, Madagascar periwinkle, Myrtle, Nitya Pushpa, Sadabahar
Maximum Reachable Height Up to 2 feet
Flower Colour Any Color
Bloom Time Annual
Difficulty Level Easy to grow

Planting and care

  • Vinca or Periwinkle will grow in the range of light conditions, from full sun to shade.
  • Watering should be done early in the morning if the soil feels dry to touch.
  • Apply organic fertilizer in early monsoon and spring season.
  • Mulch around plants in dry areas to help retain soil moisture.

    Vinca care

    Vinca is commonly used for borders, edging, and ground cover or bedding plants. The plant grows in the ground or in the pot. Use the potting mix as the soil, vermicompost, and coco peat (1:1:1).

    Sunlight Full sun is best, although some afternoon shade is fine
    Watering Moderately
    Soil Loamy Soil
    Temperature 26 to 30 degree C
    Fertilizer Apply any organic fertilizer.

    Vinca special feature

    The low care nature of vinca plants helps them succeed in window boxes and other garden containers.

    Vinca uses

    Ornamental Use:

    • This plant is used as the ornamental purpose

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Are Vincas annuals?

    Vincas are not annuals they are perennials.

    Why do Vinca leaves curl?

    Curling of Vincas leaves are usually caused by spider mites or other types of pests, but could also be caused by excess fertilizer, under watering, or extreme temperature changes like cold or hot drafts.

    Where are Vinca seeds?

    Vinca seeds, hidden on the stems beneath blooming flowers.

    Do Vincas grow from cuttings?

    Yes, Vinca can grow through cuttings.

    Why Vinca leaves turn yellow?

    Yellowing of leaves may be due to Insufficient light, less or overwatering and cold temperature. So make sure your plant is getting 4-6 hours of bright sunlight, water it when the upper layer of the soil feels dry to touch. Check the moisture in the soil before watering it, Poke your finger into the soil, if upper layer of soil (1-2 inches)feel dry to touch then apply water. Do not overwater the plant. This plant doesn’t like to sit in waterlogged soil, so drainage is important to prevent rot. Check the drainage hole to allow excess water to escape. Protect your plant from a cold climate by keeping it in a mildly warm and dry location.

    Does Vinca attract butterflies?

    Yes, Vinca flowers attract butterflies.

    Are Vincas perennial?

    Yes, Vincas are perennials.

    Can Vinca grow in full sun?

    Yes, Vinca can grow in full sun(4-6 hrs).

    Does Vinca climb?

    No, Vinca can not climb.

    How to grow Vinca?

    Vinca can be grown through seeds. Keep the plant outdoor in direct bright light(4-6 hours). The soil should be well drained and fertile rich in oragnic content. Watering Poke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture.Water when top soil (1-2 inches) feels dry to touch.Water thoroughly in the summer and reduce watering in winter and rainy season. Application of Fertilizer During the main growing season (May-June )feed the plant with organic fertilizer once a month.Loosen the topsoil without disturbing the roots of the plant so it can uptake the nutrients and moisture easily.

    Are Vinca flowers edible?

    No, Vinca flowers are not edible.

    What is Vinca rosea?

    Catharanthus roseus (synonymous with Vinca rosea) is a perennial flowering plant.

    Does Vinca need full sun?

    Yes, it requires full sunlight(4-6 hours morning sunlight).

    Do Vinca flowers spread?

    Yes, Vinca flowers spread.

    When does Vinca bloom?

    Vinca blooms in the month of May-June

    Is Vinca minor a perennial?

    Yes, Vinca minor a perennial.

    Does Vinca spread?

    Yes, Vinca can spread like runners.

    Is Vinca evergreen?

    Yes, Vinca is evergreen.

    Will Vinca survive winter?

    Vinca plants need winter protection only during extreme rare winter temperatures. Healthy plants can survive temperatures as low as 15- 20 Degrees C.

    Is Vinca poisonous?

    Yes, Vinca is mildly poisonous if digested.

    How to plant Vinca?

    1.To grow plant in pot, choose a pot having of 5 inch upper diameter and drainage holes. 2.Fill the 1/3 pot with well-drained soil rich in organic content and place the plant in the center of the pot. 3. Fill the remaining pot with same soil. 4. Keep the plant in indirect bright light location for 2-3 days and then gradually move to a location that receives 4-6 hours of direct sunlight. 5. Once the plant is overgrown in current pot, plant it in field. If you are planting purchased plant directly in ground follow below procedure. 1. Keep the plant in indirect bright light for 3-4 days and gradually move to a location receiving direct sunlight for more than 6 hours a day. 2. Dig a pit twice the size of the bag/pot the current plant is in. 3. Fill the 1/3 of pit with soil rich in organic content, place the plant in center and fill the pit with same soil. 4. Apply water General caring tips Plant should get 4-6 hours of sunlight a day. Water the plant when surface soil (1-2 inch) feels dry to touch. Apply any organic fertilizer during the main growing Spring)(February-March)season.

    Why Vinca dying?

    It is may be due to Insufficient light, less or overwatering and cold temperature. So make sure your plant is getting enough amount of bright direct sunlight (4-6 hrs.), water it when the upper layer of the soil (1-2 inch)feels dry to touch. Check the moisture in the soil before watering it, Poke your finger into the soil, if dry then apply water. Do not overwater the plant. This plant doesn’t like to sit in waterlogged soil, so drainage is important to prevent rot. Check the drainage hole to allow excess water to escape. Protect your plant from a cold climate by keeping it in a mildly warm and dry location.

    Can Vinca be grown indoors?

    Yes, Vinca can be grown indoors where enough amount of bright light (morning sunlight 4-6 hours) is available.

    Will Vinca grow in shade?

    Yes, Vinca can be grown in shade where enough amount of bright light (morning sunlight 4-6 hours) is available.

    Is Vinca invasive?

    No, Vinca is not invasive.

    When to plant Vinca?

    You can plant Vinca in April - August month.

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