Can I get more than one season/year out of vinca?

HappyinmyGarden1000September 24, 2012

Can I somehow over-winter vinca? I have a very attractive and full vinca border and hate to pull it out. If I cut it back later this fall/early winter, will it over-winter and come back for spring/summer color next year?

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It may depend on what kind of winter we have. If I were you, however, I'd consider the possibility of leaving them intact over the winter. I'd watch what happens, but wait till spring to cut them back. That way, if you get dieback, you'll at least have something to cut off that you didn't want to keep anyway.
That said, because it's an annual (we're talking catharanthus--vinca rosea--not vinca minor, as in periwinkle/creeping myrtle, right?), even if it survives, it may not be as lovely and floriferous as it was this year. Stems get woody, and plants do get tired and bloomed out, especially if they've set seed.


    Bookmark   September 24, 2012 at 3:02PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

I have one that overwintered this year. I didn't pinch it back at all.

    Bookmark   September 25, 2012 at 9:31PM
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I have a couple that i've had for several years,as parts die off i just cut those parts off,doesn't seem to bother them,they come back every year.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2012 at 9:52PM
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I'm in the Bay Area and Vinca with purple flowers sprouted up in a portion of our yard a few years ago and they are impossible to get rid of. They come back even with Round-up. So yours are probably quite hardy as well.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2012 at 3:16AM
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Even when I pull mine out, volunteers pop up in the spring. Yay, free plants.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2012 at 4:27PM
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