How to Care for Vinca Minor


Vinca minor is an evergreen creeping vine that reaches a length of 18 inches. Commonly used as a ground cover in the residential landscape, it also looks lovely cascading from a hanging basket. Although there are many varieties of vinca minor, the standard bears small blue flowers from mid to late spring and may bloom again in the summer. When mature, the vinca minor requires little care, and it is heat- and drought-tolerant. Vinca minor is hardy to USDA zone 4.

Step 1

Water only during periods of drought, and allow the soil to completely dry prior to watering again. If growing the vinca minor in containers, you will need to check the soil more frequently, as those in pots tend to dry out quicker than when grown in the ground. Keep water off the foliage as much as possible.

Step 2

Fertilize the vinca minor once a month during the growing season with a granular 10-10-10 formula, at the rate suggested on the fertilizer label.

Step 3

Add a 1- to 2-inch layer of mulch around vinca minor plants.

Step 4

Cut back the vinca minor to 1/3 its size in the spring.

Things You'll Need

  • Fertilizer
  • Mulch
  • Pruning shears


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