How to Plant Vinca Major

Overview

Gardeners appreciate the extremely hardy Vinca major plant, commonly known as the periwinkle, for its five-petaled flowers and glossy foliage, according to Texas A&M University. It blooms throughout spring, adding interest to a flower bed or as a low-maintenance ground cover. Plant Vinca major in your backyard and provide it with the environment it needs to quickly become established.

Step 1

Choose a gardening site. Vinca major can tolerate both full sun and partial shade, but the University of Arizona warns that it can't handle hot afternoon sun. Ideally, select a site on shady sides of your home or beneath trees that provide dappled shade.

Step 2

Amend the soil, as Vinca major thrive best in organically enriched dirt, according to North Carolina State University. Use a spade or a mechanical tiller to breakup the dirt into fine clumps to a depth of 6 to 8 inches. Stir in 3 to 4 inches of compost or aged manure. Follow with an application of an all-purpose fertilizer, such as a 10-10-10 product, applying it according to its labeled instructions.

Step 3

Plant the Vinca major. Use either transplants from a nursery or rooted branches divided from an existing Vinca major plant. Bury the transplant or rooted branch up to its crown, which is the point where the stem meets the roots.

Step 4

Water the planting site thoroughly to moisten the dirt to a depth of 6 inches. Repeat once a day until the Vinca major plants are established and begin producing new leaves. Once established, the University of Arizona recommends irrigating once or twice a week.

Tips and Warnings

  • Vinca major plants are extremely hardy, can sometimes turn invasive and may escape the boundaries of your planting site, according to the University of California.

Things You'll Need

  • Spade
  • Compost or manure
  • All-purpose fertilizer
  • Vinca major plants
  • Water

References

  • "Taylor's Guide to Annuals"; Barbara Ellis; 2000
  • North Carolina State University: Vinca Major
  • University of Arizona: Vinca Major
  • Texas A&M University: Herbaceous Plants For Texas
  • University of California: Managing Pests In The Garden
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