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Jaio Dark Red Vinca Flower Seeds

(P) Pkt of 50 seeds
Item # 02160-PK-P1
$3.50
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Winner of a 2003 All-America Selection award!

Compact, well-branched, and colorful over a long summer season!
This deep rosy-scarlet flower is an entirely new color for Vinca, and it holds its intensity even in the midsummer heat that bleaches or fades other blooms! Compact, well-branched, and wonderfully indifferent to heat and drought, Jaio Scarlet Eye is the Vinca you'll want for the blazing patio, the sun-drenched poolside tubs, and the sizzling-hot garden!

Jaio Scarlet Eye blooms continuously all summer, through the worst weather Mother Nature has to offer. And the old blooms remain on the plants, vibrant for weeks, so that a fully-blooming plant is simply awash in rich color. The blooms are about 2 inches across, flanked by long, pointed, glossy leaves of deep green. Showy and stylish!

The plant reaches a foot high and wide, making it equally well suited for container or garden growth. The habit never gets leggy, and the plants are very uniform in size, so this would be lovely choice to edge the baking-hot driveway, weave along the front of the sunny bed or border, or set in matching pots at an entryway. It blooms just 10 weeks after sowing, so you can expect a very long season of color!

Jaio Scarlet Eye is a 2002 AAS Bedding Plant winner for its unique color, bloom strength, and compact, uniform habit. You will love how it looks in your garden! Pkt is 50 seeds.

Genus Catharanthus
Species roseus
Variety Jaio Dark Red
ItemForm (P) Pkt of 50 seeds
BloomStartToEnd Mid Summer - Early Winter
Habit Compact
SeedsPerPack 50
PlantHeight 8 in - 12 in
PlantWidth 12 in
BloomSize 2 in
AdditionalCharacteristics Flower
BloomColor Dark Red
LightRequirements Full Sun
MoistureRequirements Moist,  well-drained
Resistance Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant
SoilTolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Beds, Ornamental, Outdoor
Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Average Based on 1 Reviews Write a Review
It'd grows but slowly
Michelle from CA wrote (July 18, 2013):
They are still in their green foliage stage. Not blooming flowers. It may take some time but so far so good. It's almost August and I thought these were summer plants. Mine are potted so maybe that has something to do with it.
Catharanthus is the botanical name for Periwinkle and Vinca
Catharanthus Germination Information

Catharanthus Seed Germination How to Sow Catharanthus:
  • Sow indoors 12 weeks prior to the last frost
  • Cover the seeds with 4 times their thickness in soil
  • Maintain a temperature within the medium of 68-70° F
  • Germination takes 15-20 days
  • Outdoor sowing is NOT recommended

How to Grow Catharanthus:
Spacing: Plant 12 inches apart in full sun to part shade in an average, well-drained garden soil

Temperature:  For best results, grow in a hot, sunny climate

Soil: Keep the soil evenly moist and feed moderately. Do NOT over water the plants

Additional Information: No pinching is required. Heat and drought tolerant; grow as a perennial in Zones 9-10

Appearance and Use:

Periwinkle, or Vinca is often used as a ground cover, in beds and borders, or as a container plant. Plants, 4-18 inches tall, can be bushy and well-branched to spreadingmounds. Rounded, 11/2- inch to 2- inch blooms of white, pink, crimson, and lavender with overlapping petals are borne from summer till frost. The glossy, dark green foliage is 1-2 inches long, and oblong on this upright and spreading plant


About Catharanthus:
Pronunciation:  kath-å-ran’-thus
Lifecycle:  Annual
Origination: Apocynaceae; native to Africa and Southwest Asia
Common Names:Periwinkle and Vinca

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Park's Superior Seeds Park Seed's humidity- and temperature-controlled seed storage vault Park Seed offers some of the highest-quality vegetable and flower seeds available in the industry, and there are a number of reasons for this.

First of all, we have humidity- and temperature-controlled storage, and we never treat any of our seeds with chemicals or pesticides. Nor do we ever sell GMO's (genetically modified seeds), so you always know the products you're buying from us are natural as well as safe for you and the environment.

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Testing seeds against minimum germination standards To make sure we are providing the best seed product possible and that our customers will get the highest number of seedlings from every packet, we conduct our own germination testing and have quality-control measures in every stage of our seed-handling operation. We hold ourselves to standards that are at or above federal and state standards, including testing specific crops more frequently than recommended by federal guidelines. And in order to maintain our organic certification, we welcome Clemson University to inspect us annually to make sure our organic seeds, which are stored and processed separately, are being handled properly.

Hand Packed By Experienced Technicians

Park Seed has been handling and packing vegetable and flower seeds for 145 years, a history that has given us a great understanding of how each variety should be cared for and maintained throughout every step of theprocess, from collection to shipping.

When packing our seeds, the majority are actually done by hand (with extreme care!), and we often over-pack them, so you're receiving more than the stated quantity.

The Park Seed Gold Standard

Park Seed's exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil seed packets And many of our seeds are packed in our exclusive Fresh-Pak gold foil packets, which are lined to keep moisture out, so the seeds stay fresher for longer. We carefully pack very tiny or fragile seeds in crush-proof vials to ensure safe delivery to your home. Some of the small seeds are also offered as "pellets" (have a clay coating) to make sowing and growing easier.

When it comes to the kinds of seeds we offer, we are constantly seeking something new and provide many unique and hard-to-find varieties from all around the world. Our on-staff horticulturists are ready and available to share their expertise to help you with the success of these seeds, so you can grow a beautiful and productive garden!

Does Park sell GMO's or treated seeds?

It is important for our customers to know that Park Seed does not sell GMO or treated seed. We do buy a small amount of traditional hybrid seed from Seminis, a division of Monsanto Co., but that is all we purchase from them.

What are the differences between organic, heirloom, and hybrid seed?

Basically, organic seeds are seeds that are produced without the use and exposure to artificial/chemical fertilizers, insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, and other chemicals. They have to be grown, harvested, stored, and handled under very strict organic rules and procedures. All of our organic seeds are USDA 100% certified organic through Clemson University and the certificate has to be renewed yearly.

Heirloom Seeds are open-pollinated -- they are not hybrids. You can gather and save heirloom seed from year to year and they will grow true to type every year, so they can be passed down through generations. To be considered an heirloom, a variety would have to be at least from the 1940's and 3 generations old (many varieties are much older -- some 100 years or more!).

Hybrid seed are the product of cross-pollination between 2 different parent plants, resulting in a new plant/seed that is different from the parents. Unlike Heirloom seed, hybrid seed need to be re-purchased new every year (and not saved). They usually will not grow true to type if you save them, but will revert to one of the parents they were crossed with and most likely look/taste different in some way.

What are pelleted seeds? Why do you use them? How do I handle/sow them?

Extremely small seed such as Petunias and Pentas are shipped as pelleted seed to make them easier to handle and sow. Pelleted seed are coated, usually with clay, to make them larger in size. After sowing, the coating will dissolve when wet and the seed will germinate. Pelleted seeds are shipped in vials placed inside seed packets, which protects them from being crushed. When sowing, be certain to use thoroughly moistened soil, to be sure that the clay coating absorbs enough moisture to dissolve. For sowing pelleted Petunia seeds, place the seeds directly on the soil surface and do not cover with soil, as light aids in the germination.

What is ideal temperature to germinate most seeds?

The ideal temperature to germinate most seeds is approximately 70 degrees F; give or take 1-2 degrees either way. This would be a good germination temperature for most flower and vegetable seeds and would be the most practical and feasible temperatures achieved for gardeners starting seeds in the home. You will notice for some seeds that it is recommended to use alternating day (warmer), night (cooler), temperatures, which is fine if one can provide such conditions. But most people are unable to provide those temperatures in a home setting, so just use the overall 70 degree F recommendation and the seeds should germinate well.

How long should grow lights be kept on per day and how close to the plants should the light be kept?

For germination and seedling/plant growth, you want to simulate the natural day-night cycles, and as a general rule, grow lights should be on 8-12 hours per day and off at night. You can vary this timing, as some seeds such as tomato, pepper, petunia, impatiens, and others, benefit from 14-17 hours of light per day (and the remainder of the 24 hour period in darkness). The most common grow lights used are fluorescent; using cool white, warm white, and wide-spectrum fluorescent tubes. These lights work well for germination and for growing plants up to a transplantable size. Fluorescent lights should be kept close though, 3-6 inches above the soil or the growing plants, adjusting the height as the plants grow.

How long will seeds keep in storage?

Park Seed stores seed in a special temperature- and humidity-controlled storage facility, which keeps seeds in excellent condition. Our seeds should be good for at least 1-2 years on average. Seed viability and storage time will vary depending on the seed item; some will keep a shorter time and some will keep longer. Seeds should be stored in a cool, dark, dry place. A basement will do (if not too humid), or a cool, dark room or closet. We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store them in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.

What is the best way to store seeds over a longer time period?

We recommend the best way to extend seed storage life is to store seeds in something air tight, such as a plastic zipper storage bag or canning jar, and place it in the refrigerator. This will extend the life of seeds for many years.

What depth should I sow various seeds?

When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed. When sowing seed indoors, the planting depth can be less, depending on the seed being sown, so it is always best to check specific directions. Here are some general guidelines concerning planting depth in relation to seed size: Tiny, dust-like seeds need to be sown on the surface of the growing medium or soil, uncovered, as they need light to germinate. The planting depth for small seed can be anywhere from barely covering, to 1/8-inch deep, to possibly 1/4-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Medium seed should be planted at 1/4- to 1/2-inch deep, depending on the recommendation. Larger seeds can be planted 1-inch or deeper, depending on the recommendation.