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Vinca, Merry Go Round White

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The tallest white vinca. Easy to grow and loves the heat and sun.

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Vincas are the indestructible beauties of the garden. While resembling impatiens to a remarkable degree, both in their flowers and coverage, they thrive in full sun and intense heat. Sturdy, large, bushy plants provide a dense layer of sparkling color and evergreen foliage to beds, borders and containers. The tallest white vinca, this cultivar combines harmoniously with other shades in the Merry Go Round lineup. Plants require almost zero care.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

20-24 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

24-30 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds, Borders, Container

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Annual

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Indoor Sow

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    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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How to Sow and Plant

Annual vinca, Catharanthus, may be grown from seed sown early indoors and transplanted outside after frost or planted as a potted plant.

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow vinca indoors 12-15 weeks before the last frost.
  • Sow seeds in seed-starting formula and cover with 1/8 inch of seed starting formula.
  • Seeds are sensitive to overwatering, keep lightly moist.
  • Seedlings emerge in 14-21 days at 75-78 degrees F.
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 2 pairs of true leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Planting in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full sun with rich, moist organic, well-drained soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12, inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.
  • The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods.
  • Plant on a cloudy day or in late afternoon to reduce transplant shock.
  • Dig a hole for each plant, approximately 8-10 inches apart large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Unpot the plant and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root growth.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
  • Water well.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Plants need about 1 inch of rain per week during the growing season. Use a rain gauge to check to see if you need to add water. It's best to water with a drip or trickle system that delivers water at low pressure at the soil level. If you water with overhead sprinklers, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry off before evening, to minimize disease problems. Keep the soil moist but not saturated.
  • Until plants become established, some protection from extreme winds and direct, hot sunlight may be necessary. Good air movement is also important.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • Remove spent flower heads to keep plants flowering until fall.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Remove plants after they are killed by frost in fall to avoid disease issues the following year.
  • Vinca is a reliable annual plant for beds and borders in full sun or partial shade.
  • Because of its uniform growth and compact size, it makes an ideal edging or annual groundcover.
  • Vinca is also great for window boxes and other containers.
  • Plants are heat and drought resistant once established.
  • Water well in drought, vinca is prone to wilting.
Sun
Full Sun
Height
20-24 inches
Spread
24-30 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders, Container
Life Cycle
Annual
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Flowering
Yes
Bloom Duration
12 weeks
Flower color
White
Vinca, Merry Go Round White is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MY VINCAS ARE CHAMPIONS!! My White Vincas are THE ONLY PURCHASE FROM BURPEE THAT SUCCEEDED BRILLIANTLY!!. My "EZ"rose bushes, have not grown at all, after 4 months they are barely 6 inches high!!! I told Burpee this and they said: "Give them a chance." Nothing. My Geraniums have not grown UP, they have all grown SIDEWAYS and trailed along the ground. I don't know why, but they look awful. My impatiens have STAYED TINY, and only now, 3 months later, are they starting to grow... THE WHITE VINCAS, HOWEVER, HAVE GROWN STRAIGHT AND TALL AND THEIR BEAUTIFUL WHITE BLOOMS ARE LIKE STARS!! I recommend the Vincas highly
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth planting each year Burgee deserves high praise for the exceptional quality of the white vinca that I received for a second year in a row. These flowers are drought and deer resistant and flourish in zone 7 from May until the October/Nov freeze. Will reorder every year.
Date published: 2017-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I will buy these every flowers again...every year. These beautiful annuals don't need to be dead-headed and they resist drought and deer! Who could ask for more in a summer flower.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Summer Flower! Every year while my neighbors gardens are all dried up in the hot Summer, my gardens are fresh and pretty with Vincas. I plant this every Mid Spring/early Summer and the white Vinca grow large and full. I recommend these flowers to anyone who lives in an area with high Summer temps, who love color in their gardens through Fall.
Date published: 2012-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Performer Developed in Japan, this Vinca variety is proving to be the best performing one. Plants are vigorous and literary ironclad tough in the mid-Atlantic climate. Plants are taller and bigger than the regular Vinca and feature spotless foliage. Blooms even in scorching heat and dry conditions.
Date published: 2011-12-12
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