The Q&A Archives: Periwinkle: woody root plant?

Question: I recevied some periwinles in the mail. It says to put in water for 2-24 hours EXCEPT for non woody bare root plants. I do not know if I should put the periwinkle in water before planting or not. Any help would be appreciate.

Answer: There are two different types of plants commonly called periwinkle. Vinca is an evergreen perennial vining plant and you can soak the roots for a couple of hours to rehydrate them before planting. The other periwinkle, Catharanthus, is sometimes called Madagascar periwinkle, is an annual plant and the roots of these plant do not need to be soaked in water. Hope this clears up the confusion.

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