How to Trim a Vinca Minor

Overview

Gardeners have several planting options for the lovely vinca minor plant. Vinca minor grows prolifically as a ground cover in shady or partially shade growing areas. Vinca also makes a suitable container plant as it trails attractively over and down the sides of planting containers. Vinca minor grows as a perennial plant in USDA zones 4 through 9. Keep your vinca minor healthy and attractive by trimming it before it enters the active growing phase.

Step 1

Cut back any unhealthy growth you find growing among the vinca minor vines in late winter or early spring. Remove the vines that appear dead, dying or diseased by cutting them off where they intersect with other branches.

Step 2

Prune the vinca minor to control the growth of the plant. This may be especially important for vinca minor you are growing as a ground cover. If the vinca minor grows past the boundaries you desire, trim it back so it is within the boundaries again.

Step 3

Perform a hard prune of the vinca minor every three to four years. Use the pruning shears to cut back every vine to approximately 6 inches above the soil level. The vinca will respond to this hard prune by growing back with renewed energy and vigor. It will also look especially attractive as it fills in the growing area again during the growing season.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears

References

  • Texas Agricultural Extension Service: Pruning
  • East Valley Tribune: Vinca Minor

Who Can Help

  • National Arboretum: USDA Zone Map
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