Periwinkle Seeds - Papaya
USDA Zones: 3 - 10
Height: 10 - 14 inches
Width: 6 - 8 inches
Bloom Season: Late spring to late summer
Bloom Color: Papaya
Growth Rate: Fast
Environment: Full sun to partial shade
Foot Traffic: Light
Deer Resistant: Yes
Latin Name: Catharanthus roseus
Periwinkle (Catharanthus Roseus Tattoo Papaya) - The art of plants come alive on every Tattoo bloom with each petal looking like it is inked or airbrushed with soft brush strokes of papaya colored flowers. Tropical colored petals are swirled with black. Adding these novelties to your flower garden will surely turn heads. Tattoo vincas are without a doubt the most unique periwinkle plants on the market today. This variety is considered an upright vinca reaching 10 - 14 inches in height and only 6 - 8 inches in width.
Vinca is best grown in full sun areas or areas that get at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. Soil should be well drained and these drought tolerant plants do not need a lot of water so be careful not to overwater. Season long blooms bursting with color from late Spring to late Summer for gardens and containers. Very low watering needs and outstanding performance in hot conditions. Looks great in full sun or light shade.
Grow Vinca seeds indoors 4 - 6 weeks before the last frost is expected. Cover the Vinca Periwinkle seeds with 1/4 inch of potting mix, spray with water to moisten and press down lightly. Vinca flower seeds will not germinate in any sort of light, so cover trays or containers with a black plastic sheet or a newspaper. Lift the plastic or newspaper regularly to moisten by misting. Once Periwinkle seedlings emerge, they need bright light. At about 2 - 3 inches tall, transplant the strongest plants into individual pots. The plants can be moved outside once the temperature is consistently above 65F degrees. Directly sowing seeds is not recommended, but if you choose to direct sow, follow the same steps as above. Wait until danger of frost has passed and temperatures are consistently warm, and prepare the soil well so that it is light and fine.