How to Care for Vinca Vines


With its variegated evergreen leaves, trumpet-shaped lavender blooms and easy maintenance, vinca vine (Vinca major) is a year-round winner. Vinca vine is lovely in window boxes, patio pots and hanging containers and also makes a terrific ground cover that will grow in either full sunlight or in shady areas where nothing else wants to grow.

Step 1

Plant vinca vine in either sunlight or shade. Although vinca will grow in poor soil, it's important that the soil drains well. If necessary, work an inch of manure or compost into the top 6 inches of soil. To plant vinca in a container, use a pot with a drainage hole and plant the vinca in commercial potting soil.

Step 2

Spread 1 to 2 inches of mulch around the vinca plants. Mulch such as shredded bark will retain moisture and will prevent rain from splashing on the leaves.

Step 3

Fertilize vinca vines every month during spring and summer, using a general-purpose water-soluble or granular fertilizer. Always adhere to the manufacturer's recommendations when applying fertilizer.

Step 4

Keep the soil moist for a few weeks or until new vinca vines are established, which is indicated by new growth. After that time, vinca vines will need to be irrigated only during extremely hot, dry weather. Containerized vinca vines should be checked daily during hot weather, as soil in containers dries out quickly.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot with drainage hole (optional)
  • Commercial potting soil (optional)
  • Mulch
  • General-purpose water-soluble or granular fertilizer


  • Colorado State University: 2002-The Year of the Vinca
  • About Vines: Vinca Vine
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M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.