How to Transplant Vinca Minor

Overview

Vinca minor offers an option of a dramatic, glossy-leafed plant for the garden with beautiful purple to blue-colored leaves. Vince minor grows as a ground cover, only growing roughly 3 to 6 inches in height. Despite this low growth pattern, vinca minor can spread quite readily under the perfect conditions. You may need to transplant overgrown vinca minor to other areas of your landscape.

Step 1

Locate the appropriate area in your garden requiring removal of the vinca minor. Lift individual vines to locate the portion of the plant connected to the soil. Vinca minor spreads by sending out trailer vines that root when flush with the soil. This creates abundant rooting opportunities and many individual plants.

Step 2

Press the trowel into the soil about 3 inches from the base of the plant. Loosen the soil as you work around the plant. Don't tug on the plant by the vines to remove it from the soil.

Step 3

Slip the trowel under the main root of the plant and gently push the plant upward. If the plant doesn't release from the dirt easily, dig around the plant again to loosen the soil more.

Step 4

Lift the vinca minor free of the soil and shake off any excess soil. Refill the empty hole, smoothing the dirt to level the garden surface.

Step 5

Choose a transplant location that allows spacing of plant 12 to 18 inches apart.

Step 6

Turn over the soil in the new location to a depth of 8 to 10 inches. Add a 2 to 3 inch layer of peat moss and work this medium into the soil by turning over the garden a second time to mix the peat with the dirt.

Step 7

Dig a hole about 4 to 6 inches deep and place the transplant portion of the vinca minor into the hole. The top of the root ball should be flush with the garden surface.

Step 8

Fill in and firm the dirt around the plant. Press down to remove air pockets in the soil and continue adding dirt until level with the soil surface.

Step 9

Water at the base of the vinca minor plant and add a layer of mulch to help control soil temperature and water retention.

Things You'll Need

  • Trowel
  • Peat moss
  • Mulch

References

  • West Virginia University: Common Periwinkle
  • Colorado State Cooperative Extension Service
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