Madagascar periwinkle

A summer-flowering annual.
Common name : Madagascar periwinkle
Scientific name : Catharanthus roseus
Family : Apocynaceae
Category : Annual
Pruning needed
Pruning needed
Minimal water
Minimal water
Flowery
Flowery
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Sowing & planting

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Flowering

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Caracteristics

Exposition
Water needs
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Frost-resistance Medium
Zone USDA 9a
Height 20 - 40
pH 6 - 7

Plant my madagascar periwinkle

In open soil or in pot? It's simple, if at home the temperature drops permanently below 5 ┬░ C, the pot will be more suitable, allowing you to shelter it before the first frost! Plant it in a pot whith pierced bottom, with a layer of gravel or clay balls equivalent to 20% of the total volume. This draining layer is essential for the cultivation of this plant which does not tolerate excess humidity; you will avoid the appearance of diseases. Make a mix of potting soil and loam to plant your Madagascar periwinkle and place it in a very bright area. In open soil, install your plant in a sunny area your garden in neutral to slightly acidic and fertile soil. The periwinkle of Madagascar hates stagnant moisture at root level, remember to drain the soil if it is wet or heavy. Water copiously to facilitate rooting.

Water my madagascar periwinkle

In summer, water copiously once a week and let the top of the mixture dry before renewing the operation. In the winter, if you bring your pots inside, watering once a month should be enough.

Prune my madagascar periwinkle

If the plant has survived during winter, it is necessary at the very beginning of spring to trim it severely to restore vigor and increase flowering.

Remove my madagascar periwinkle

If your periwinkle is in the open soil, tear it off before you see it freeze! You can put it back in a pot, by taking the whole root ball (without breaking or cracking it, if possible) using a spade. It will then be necessary to put shelter the pot for the winter.

Put outside my madagascar periwinkle

Take out your periwinkle on sunny days.

Shelter my madagascar periwinkle

Get your periwinkle before the frost! Choose a location inside that is very bright but has no direct sunlight, behind a window, avoiding the proximity of a heat source such as a radiator.

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