Vincas in the Fall

lovemaidenhairOctober 11, 2009

I need advise on Vincas...I have a bunch of pink vinacas that are flowering nicely in my front yard.....I am in the midst of planting mums this weekend and was wondering whether I should pull out all the vincas. I am not sure if they come back....should I wait for a few more weeks. If I do, I am not sure if my mums will do well in the pots that they came in from Lowe's.

Appreciate the information.

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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

Your vincas could well bloom longer than those mums.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2009 at 8:05PM
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The pink/white vincas are considered annuals by the way. The scientific name is Catharanthus roseus, not the same as Vinca that we see as a purple flowering ground cover. It is one of my favorite and most dependable annuals for our hot summers.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2009 at 6:57AM
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I've seen them blooming even after a hard frost has fried their leaves, so even though they are a tropical plant they are pretty tough.

I've heard of them self sowing and coming up the next year, the problem is that they tend to come up way late in the year (like August).

    Bookmark   October 12, 2009 at 9:24AM
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dottie_in_charlotte(z7-8 NC)

That's true,John. I've had some self sow mid-season and expanded my bed of them with the newbies. I don't think all the color varieties are self-sowers but the whites were.

    Bookmark   October 13, 2009 at 12:24PM
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