The Periwinkle plant is a genus of flowering plants in the family Apocynaceae, native to India and Sri Lanka. The botanical name of the plant is Catharanthus meaning ‘pure flower’. This is a perennial flowering plant with almost oppositely arranged leaves. Flowers are usually solitary in the leaf axils. The plant is cultivated as an ornamental plant in gardens and is commonly known as the ‘Sadabahar’ plant.
The Periwinkle flowering plant comes in many vibrant shades like white, purple, and pink and will instantly add a pop of color to your home garden.
The blooms of the Periwinkle plant attract many pollinating insects such as butterflies, bees, and more. Pollination is very important to promote biodiversity.
The flowers are very easy to care for and thrive well in tropical and subtropical countries such as India. However, the plant requires thorough watering and frequent pruning sometimes to help in its healthy growth.
Care Tips for a Periwinkle Plant
The soil for the Periwinkle plant must be kept moist, especially during the growing season. Water plants consistently, but avoid water-logging.
The Periwinkle plant loves bright sunlight for at least 6-7 hours a day.
Periwinkle is an outdoor plant. It should be kept in an area receiving bright sunlight.
Add nitrogen and phosphorus to the Periwinkle Plant to maintain good plant growth. You can also add dry banana peels as they are a rich source of nitrogen. You can also use Vermicompost every 2 weeks.
Periwinkle plants prefer acidic soil. Use cow dung as part of your soil mix as it will make the soil acidic. The ideal soil mix for this plant should be, Garden Soil (35%) + Cocopeat (30%) + Vermicompost (30%) + Neem Khali (5%)
Keep pruning the Periwinkle plant to encourage branch growth and give it more spread.
Mealybugs and whiteflies are a big problem for the Periwinkle plant. Keep spraying the plant with neem spray every 2 weeks to help with pest control.
Periwinkle plants commonly have flowers in shades of pink, lilac, and white.
No, Periwinkle cannot be grown indoors as it needs lots of sunlight and a well-ventilated environment
Check to see if the topmost layer of the soil is completely dry, and water accordingly.
Periwinkle is a perennial plant and flowers throughout the year.
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