How to Prune Vinca

Written by jason m. bruner | 13/05/2017
How to Prune Vinca
Proper care for vinca increases blooms and foliage. (vinca spring flowering carpet image by starush from

Vinca is commonly found in potted arrangements and as ground cover in many lawns and gardens and is recognised by its small, lavender coloured blooms and waxy green foliage. Proper maintenance and care of vinca will allow it to thrive and provide your home and garden with excellent results. Pruning vinca is key to keep it growing properly. Proper care for and pruning of vinca will create masses of beautiful purple flowers for your home and garden.

Sanitise your pruning shears using a cloth soaked with rubbing alcohol before pruning. The cleaning of the pruning shears will help prevent the spread of plant disease.

Use your pruning shears to remove any dead or dying foliage. The dead or dying foliage can be recognised by browning or yellowing of the leaves and shrivelling of the blooms. Make quick snips when pruning, and make the cuts down to where the small stems turn woody close to the roots.

Complete your pruning process every two or three weeks. This is the ideal time between prunings, but depending on your weather and the growing conditions of your area, more or less pruning may be necessary.

Water the vinca plants thoroughly after pruning. Pruning can cause a lack of moisture in the plant. You may include a water-soluble fertiliser when watering if desired.

Things you need

  • Vinca plant
  • Pruning shears
  • Cloth
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Water

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