Madagascar periwinkle - 30 seeds

Madagascar periwinkle - 30 seeds

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The Madagascar periwinkle is a pretty blooming plant with plenty of silly scientific nonsense going on behind its name. Horticulturists have changed it from Vinca rosea to Catharanthus roseus, which is easily confused with Vinca major and Vinca minor. In addition to Vinca rosea, home gardeners have their own monikers for the plant including periwinkle, cape periwinkle, rosy periwinkle and the old maid. This perennial Madagascar native thrives in the summer heat of U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 9 through 11 and does not tolerate frost. The plant is easy to grow and self-cleaning, making for practically care-free blooming until Thanksgiving in warm regions

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Plant Vinca rosea in a well-draining spot with the poorest soil on your property. This plant does not grow well in fertile conditions. Transplant outdoors after all danger of frost has passed for your area and the soil warms up to at least 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Locate Vinca roseas in full sun or partial shade. These plants love full sun, but appreciate a sunny spot that is partially shady during the hottest hours of the afternoon. Apply 2 to 4 inches of mulch such as bark chips to the planting site. This helps retain soil moisture and discourages weed development. Water newly planted Vinca rosea thoroughly to evenly moisten the soil but not enough to make it soggy or wet throughout the first growing season. Allow the soil surface to become dry to your touch before watering again. Once established, these drought-tolerant plants can survive on the available rainfall. Vinca rosea does not tolerate standing in water. Feed Vinca rosea an all-purpose liquid or granular fertilizer for blooming plants once monthly throughout the growing season.