How to Plant a Vinca Minor

Plant Vinca Minor as an attractive ground cover. image by anitapatterson: morguefile.com

Overview

Gardeners looking for a ground cover that grows easily in almost any type of soil and in either full sun or full shade might find Vinca Minor to be an ideal plant. Vinca Minor grows an abundant display of leafy growth and may even have delicate lavender or white flowers when grown in the sun. Find a spot in the yard that needs a bit of greenery and plant Vinca Minor in the spring.

Step 1

Choose the growing area for the Vinca Minor. Prepare the soil by working it and turning it over with the garden fork to break up any chunks of soil. Level the growing area with a garden rake.

Step 2

Dig holes approximately 12 to 15 inches apart for each plant. Dig the holes so that the plants will be at the same depth as they are in the temporary pots.

Step 3

Place each Vinca Minor plant in a hole and replace the soil around the plants firmly.

Step 4

Water each plant generously immediately after planting. Give the plants water every few days if rain does not fall to help the plants establish. Once the plants are growing, it will not be necessary to water because they tolerate drought well.

Step 5

Add a two-inch layer of organic mulch between the plants to help prevent weeds and keep the soil moist. Suggested mulches include shredded bark, cypress, and shredded leaves.

Step 6

Fertilize the plants with an all-purpose fertilizer mixed with water after planting and again near the end of the growing season.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinca Minor plants
  • Garden fork
  • Garden rake
  • Shovel
  • Water
  • Mulch
  • All-purpose fertilizer

References

  • Vinca Minor
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About this Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator and regular contributor to "Natural News." She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, crocheter, painter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. Hatter's Internet publications specialize in natural health and she plans to continue her formal education in the health field, focusing on nursing.

Photo by: anitapatterson: morguefile.com