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Vinca, Illumination

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Short Description

Trailing ground cover for all-season appeal. Sky blue flowers add bright contrast.

Full Description

Exceptional color in the common periwinkle. Broad bands of golden yellow leaves are edged deep green, illuminating shady spots in the garden. Sky blue flowers dot the carpet from spring to fall. Best in part shade, sheltered from extreme heat and humidity. Superb in containers, borders, and drift beds. U.S. Plant Patent #12,132.
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Product properties

Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.

5-8

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, Part Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

3-6 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

14-18 inches

Bloom Season The time of the year when this product normally blooms.

Fall, Spring, Summer

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

Beds, Borders, Complete Container, Container, Spiller

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Mar 27, 2017

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Item 20623 cannot ship to: AA, AE, AK, AP, AS, AZ, CN, FM, GU, HI, MH, MP, PR, PW, VI
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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.
Zone
5-8
Sun
Full Sun, Part Sun
Height
3-6 inches
Spread
14-18 inches
Bloom Season
Fall, Spring, Summer
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders, Complete Container, Container, Spiller
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Genus
Vinca
Life Cycle
Perennial
Vinca, Illumination is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 2.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Vinca Illumination The flower never grew past the infant stage it died.
Date published: 2016-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful the picture does not do this plant justice. i received vinca in the mail yesterday so i have not seen the blooms yet, however the color of the leaves is so vibrant and unlike normal spillers. i would highly recommend
Date published: 2014-04-22
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