Vinca Major - Knowledgebase Question

St. Johnsville, NY
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Question by mmercer4
January 5, 1998
Every year I spend a lot of money purchasing the varigated vinca vine for my flower boxes. This year I am going to need 30 or more plants. I would like to start growing my own. How do all the greenhouses produce them and how can I? I have tried to winter them over as a house plant and they die.

Answer from NGA
January 5, 1998
The plants may not flourish indoors, but rather just stay alive long enough to carry them through until next spring. Place them in a spot where they receive good light and at least some sun. They should be kept moist but NOT soggy! Keep a close eye out for insects--especially spider mites (look for fine webbing on leaves). I'd cut them back to 6 to 8 inches.

Or, what you could do is buy a Vinca major in early spring from a nursery or flower shop. Then I would propogate it by making softwood cuttings.

Select new side shoots and remove them with a clean, sharp knife. Dip the base of each stem in hormone rooting powder and using a pencil, insert several cuttings into a pot of damp, standard soil mix. Make sure their leaves do not touch. Cover the pot(s) with a plastic bag to reduce water loss--holding the plastic away from the leaves as well. Leave the pot in a warm, bright place out of direct sunlight. Check them every day to be sure it's not too wet. Wipe off any water inside the plastic.

In about 4-6 weeks you should have rooted vinca major. When you can see new, young growth you can transfer the cuttings to individual pots. Keep them in a warm, slightly shaded place until they are well established.

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