In this article, we will explain how to care for Vinca a perennial spreading vine with flowers in shades ranging from blue to purple, during the spring until the first weeks of the fall season. It is native to southern Europe and North Africa. Non-flowering stems grow along the ground, while flowering stems are held upright.
It grows vigorously in areas where the conditions offered are moist, shady areas, and cold winds. It can often be seen surrounding water drains and tree-covered streams; because roots and seeds are easily transported by water, easily invading new areas.
It thrives easily in window boxes, giving them a shady appearance, containers, or also in hanging baskets. Although it is an excellent ground cover, it is fast spreading so it easily escapes the control limits of any grower.
Lands on the coastal side identify it as an invasive pest. A competitive plant of this species forms dense mats of growth; which are responsible for pushing out others and degrading animal habitat in infested areas.
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How to Grow Vinca Flowers
It is not known to spread by seed. Traditionally, it has been propagated using its extensive stems that form roots at the node. Because of this, a small piece of fragmented Vinca is sufficient to start a new shoot.
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How to Propagate Vinca
Below we share with you how the process of sowing through a Vinca repot should be.
- Use an average, well-drained, slightly acid soil with a pH of 6.0 to 6.5.
- Prepare the planting site, locate a shady spot.
- Dig a hole at least twice as wide as the Vinca root ball with a shovel.
- Place it in the hole with the top of the root ball even with the top of the soil.
- Try not to set it too deep so as not to choke the point where the stems join the roots, this could result in the removal of the plant.
- Add water around the roots
- Add a large amount of water thoroughly, mainly wetting the soil around the root ball.
After this, it is important to check it often and add water deeply if the soil feels dry to the touch. While it is a drought-tolerant plant, it should not be neglected.
How To Care for Vinca Flowers
Vinca care is very simple, they are drought, drought, and heat tolerant. They do not require a lot of specialized care, however, they will thrive if you manage to follow some general guidelines for their water, fertilizer, and sun routine.
The requirements for proper Vinca care are:
- Choose a site where they grow well, partial shade, barren or sandy areas.
- Use a good granular or soluble fertilizer and apply it every two months while actively growing.
- Requires little water after it becomes established and shows new growth. This usually happens after two weeks have elapsed. Once its leaves begin to wilt it is time to add water.
- Prune once a year to keep it disease-free and healthy growing.
You should also spread organic mulch such as shredded bark, dried compost, or dried grass clippings around the plant. This will help prevent pests and diseases, as well as help conserve moisture and moderate soil temperature around the roots.
Pests Or Diseases of Vinca
Although easy to grow, Vinca can suffer from diseases, pests, and environmental problems. That is why we will share with you those that are most frequent, and what you should do to correct the problem.
Fungi: when watering, direct the water on the soil instead of the plants to avoid infections that can occur when leaves get wet.
Aphids: If aphids become a problem, wash them off the plant with a direct stream of water that will remove them without harming the plant.
Fungal problems: observed when the leaf becomes spotted, suffers from root and stem rot. Keep garden areas free of fallen leaves, avoid wet growing conditions.
Bacteria: known to be infested by the bacteria that causes Pierce’s disease, which is ultimately fatal to this species. At this point, it is necessary to eliminate the plant and remove the soil to prevent the spread of the disease.
The proper watering practice prevents most outbreaks of these diseases and pests. While it is drought tolerant and rarely needs watering, in very dry conditions it requires your attention. By following these tips, you will be able to properly care for your Vinca.
Tips And Recommendations for The Care of Vinca
Providing the plant with some basic requirements, it can flourish even in shady places or outdoors in the garden. Take into account some of the tips we will share with you, we are sure you will achieve successful cultivation.
- Repot in early spring or after the flowering season has passed during the fall.
- Examine the stems and leaves of the seedlings before you buy them.
- Select one that is healthy, vigorous, free of insect pests or diseases.
- Before purchasing, avoid those with yellow leaves, which is a sign of root rot.
- To make it less invasive, select the species with solid leaves.
- It is poisonous if ingested in large quantities, so keep it away from children and pets.
- Avoid establishing it in a location where it will be exposed to scorching afternoon sun and extreme heat.
- If your concern is to obtain flowers, grow them in full sun with plenty of water.
- After pruning, fertilize and water.