Plant Care Big Leaf Periwinkle

Big Leaf Periwinkle

4.6 out of 5 (16 experiences)

Big Leaf Periwinkle has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Big Leaf Periwinkle has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Also known as

Greater Periwinkle, Greater Periwinkle, Large Periwinkle, Blue Buttons and Vinca Vine


Vinca major

How to care for Big Leaf Periwinkle

💦 Water

How often to water your Big Leaf Periwinkle

Water needs for Big Leaf Periwinkle
0.5 cups
every 9

Big Leaf Periwinkle needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Big Leaf Periwinkle

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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☀️ Light

Finding light for Greater Periwinkle in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Big Leaf Periwinkle: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Big Leaf Periwinkle love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Big Leaf Periwinkle does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Big Leaf Periwinkle in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Big Leaf Periwinkle

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Big Leaf Periwinkle: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Big Leaf Periwinkle after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Big Leaf Periwinkle is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!

Benefits of Growing Greater Periwinkle →

Common Greater Periwinkle Problems →

💦 Water Needs

Big Leaf Periwinkle prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Greater Periwinkle Water Frequency →

Greater Periwinkle Root Rot →

☀️ Sunlight Needs

Big Leaf Periwinkle requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

Greater Periwinkle Light Requirements →

Greater Periwinkle Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →

🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Big Leaf Periwinkle is not safe to consume. If you, a family member, or a pet has ingested any amount of plant material contact Poison Control, US (800) 222-1222, or your veterinarian. If you have children, cats, or dogs in the home, we suggest keeping this plant out of reach.

💨 Humidity

Big Leaf Periwinkle doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

Greater Periwinkle Humidity Needs →

🪴 Soil

Big Leaf Periwinkle does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for Greater Periwinkle →

When and How to Successfully Repot Greater Periwinkle →

💩 Fertilizer

Big Leaf Periwinkle is a fast growing plant and may deplete the nutrients in its soil over time. Replenish them with a gentle organic fertilizer or compost every 1-2 months depending on your location and season. Fertilize more often during the growing season and in warmer and brighter climates.

How Much and When to Fertilize Greater Periwinkle →

🌎 Native Region

Big Leaf Periwinkle is native to Europe, Northwest Africa, and Southwest Asia.

🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Big Leaf Periwinkle bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

Greater Periwinkle Flowers →

⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Big Leaf Periwinkle grows along the ground and sends out shoots which will spread across the soil.

How and When to Prune Greater Periwinkle →

🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Big Leaf Periwinkle can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 7a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Greater Periwinkle Temperature Tolerance →

🌱 Propagation

Big Leaf Periwinkle can be propagated by the stem method. To propagate:

  • Make a cut just above the node. The node is the break in the stem where the leaf emerges.
  • To get the cutting to root, you can either:
    • Place the cutting in water until roots emerge and are ~2” long and then transplant into well-draining soil, or
    • Place the cutting directly into well-draining soil and water when dry.

🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in Big Leaf Periwinkle, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!

🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.

Care Summary for Big Leaf Periwinkle

Big Leaf Periwinkle

Big Leaf Periwinkle

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

Big Leaf Periwinkle has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 8
Big Leaf Periwinkle has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 5
Big Leaf Periwinkle has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 3
Big Leaf Periwinkle has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 2
Big Leaf Periwinkle has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
@haveaniceday avatar
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 264 XP

I brought this plant indoors from outside and it has been growing so fast! It has beautiful vines too. It loves water, but always bounces back if you forget.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
@Kenzie04 avatar
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 184 XP
globe Kansas City, MO

Such a cutie ;) Love it because it grows so fast and is super low maintenance.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily

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