Periwinkle — care at home
One of the most popular flowers, surrounded by mysteries and legends – periwinkle – can be grown at home.
It is a perennial decumbent plant has leathery leaves and small, often blue flowers.
It is grown both on smallholdings and in the room in spacious containers.
Location and lighting
This plant belongs to the cold-resistant and light-requiring. The light he needed, but diffused and not too bright, as when exposed to direct sunlight the leaves can be covered with burns. The lack of light leaves often fall off.
When the content in indoor conditions the plant has low temperature and tolerates and cool, and warm. The optimal summer temperature – from +22 to +25 degrees.
If the periwinkle grows in the open ground, also firmly withstand a moderately low temperature, but in winter, when there is no snow, it is covered with dry leaves.
Watering and humidity
This flower is from the category of drought-resistant, therefore, when growing on the street almost do not need to water additionally, but in a particularly arid summer months. At home exercise moderate watering several times a week.
In winter the plant needs minimal watering, as excess water can cause root rot. To humidity special requirements it does not show. However, in hot weather it is better to provide high humidity.
For active growth and flowering is necessary to regularly fertilize the soil, enrich it with nutrients. I do it usually once a week.
To feed use complex mineral-organic fertilisers. Preferably in spring and autumn to add to the soil humus or compost.
Transplantation and propagation
The best time to transplant the plants in early spring. The ground where the periwinkle grows best neutral, loose, fits and rocky land should not be planted in the wetland area.
For growing indoors you can buy a ready substrate for flowering plants. As a rule, the periwinkle is propagated by cuttings.
The best time is spring or late summer — early autumn. When planting in the open ground, the cuttings are dug into the ground at a distance of 20-30 cm from each other. Another way – dividing the Bush. In this case, transplanting is carried out in early spring.
This plant is almost immune to diseases and pests but, nonetheless, it can attack scale insects. To get rid of this pest, apply spraying a water and soap solution.