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Vinca, Arizona Mix

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Widest color range.

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Vinca Arizona Mix has the widest color range of any vinca mix. A rainbow of all vinca colors including reds, 1 1/2" blooms with contrasting "starry" eyes. Drought tolerant, loves heat. Space plants 8-10" apart.
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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.

10-12 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

8-10 inches

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

Beds, 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.


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
    First Date: Feb-22 - Last Date: Mar-07
    First Date: May-02 - Last Date: May-30

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.
Full Sun
10-12 inches
8-10 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Container
Life Cycle
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Bloom Duration
10 weeks
Flower color
Pink, Red, White
Vinca, Arizona Mix is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Vinca seeds Bought a pack of what was supposed to be 100 Vinca seeds. Turns out it was 50. Not one single seed germinated and I live in the panhandle of Florida. I mean you can throw a Vinca seed in your concrete driveway and it would root. Not a big purchase obviously but nonetheless I was disappointed.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful mix, wonderful flowers. Vincas are among the prettiest and most wonderful of all flowers. I have planted them nearly every year in my mother's front flower bed and she gets loads of compliments. There are a few things that everyone should know about growing them, especially growing them from seeds. Firstly, they are heat loving plants and need lots of warmth to germinate well and grow properly. Secondly, they are very acid loving, and I had several failures in growing them from seeds until I realized this. Thirdly, they need more fertilizer, especially Nitrogen, than most other flowers. I water them with MiracleGrow for acid-loving plants like azaleas and rhododendrons, etc, adding 1-2 tablespoons of ordinary vinegar to each gallon of their water. This allows them to grow healthy and vigorously. But if they grow well for you, they are the greatest! See my plants grown from seeds below. The one on the left grew like a monster!
Date published: 2015-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent bedding and edging plant This plant does great in the Inter-Mountain region and holds up to the heat and low humidity. I barely press the seeds into the seed formula. The seeds germinate best in a warming tray, but I keep them in complete darkness by covering them with a piece of black foam-board until they start to germinate. (This was recommended and works great and my average germination rate has gone from around 50% to better than 80%.) As soon as they start germinating I remove the foam-board allowing the light to get through, then a couple of days later I slightly open the plastic cover as I have found that if the seedlings are kept in a closed environment, like a completely closed seed tray cover, they get too moist which causes them to die off presumably from Damping Disease. As soon as the plants have adult leaves, I either transplant them or cover them with more soil to aid in the sturdiness of the seedlings.
Date published: 2015-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vinca, Arizona Mix I was hesitant to start flowers for my front porch from seed, but decided to give it a try last year. I planted these seeds in a window size seed starter with cover and used a heat mat underneath. Once the seedlings were about 2-3 inches high, I moved them to a sunny (south-facing) window and removed the cover. I received quite a few compliments on these flowers from neighbors, and they could not believe I had started them from seed. The dark green leaves make the bright flowers pop!
Date published: 2013-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Seeds I tried my hand at planting seeds!!!! These are some great seeds, just wish I knew Burpee's secret because the plants that they send are awesome!!! Will try it again next year.
Date published: 2012-05-14
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