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Cora® Cascade Strawberry Vinca Seeds

Mildew-free and ready to bloom for months

(P) Pkt of 15 seeds
Item # 51944-PK-P1

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Sensational vinca Cora has transformed the way we can use vinca in hot and humid climates, and now it's available in glorious trailing form. Cascade has all the disease resistance, heavy flowering, and lush foliage of its cousin, plus larger than ever blooms that resist fading and seem to last forever. Fill your flowerpots, hanging baskets, and window boxes with this carefree annual.

Just 6 to 8 inches high, Cascade spreads 32 to 36 inches wide, with flowers every inch of the way. The blooms are very evenly distributed, eliminating the "bald spots" that plague some vinca. And these flowers are a bit larger than most other vincas', standing out brilliantly against glossy, dense green foliage. You can see the vigor in every leaf and bloom of Cascade—it just looks healthy and ready to flourish.

Cascade is perfect for containers of all kinds, particularly those high enough to show off its full trailing glory. It thrives in full sunshine, despite unseasonable high temperatures, punishing humidity, or frequent late-afternoon rain. Its resistance to aerial phytophthora, the disease responsible for the mysterious "sudden death" of vincas in wet climates, sets it apart from all others, and makes for a very low-maintenance plant that blooms nonstop all summer long.

These seeds are easy to start and quick to grow. Expect the first blooms just 10 to 14 weeks after sowing. You simply can't beat Cora Cascade for dependable, beautiful performance.

Review Summary
(Based on 2 Reviews)

Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0


Flowered early!
Kim from NC wrote on March 24, 2019

Germinated well and very fast growing! Flowered even before I was ready! Beautiful- a bit darker with less contrast between the center and petals than pictured

Love, love, love these!
Pussywillow from MI wrote on October 23, 2018

I started these March 5 in a covered plastic "greenhouse" on a warm computer box (router?) with a light overhead & babied the 16 sprouts through to warmer weather. I lost a few to carpenter ants under a tree before finally moving most of them (sickly by that point) to our south-facing retaining wall (where several other plants had succumbed to the drought & heat). They perked up & took off! They bloomed their hearts out until a freeze did them in. The flowers are just gorgeous :). I had a few others in a hanging basket, where they also did very well. I've brought those in & will see how long they can handle being houseplants.

Catharanthus Germination Information

Catharanthus is the botanical name for Periwinkle and Vinca
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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