Plant Care Blue Buttons

Blue Buttons

4.6 out of 5 (16 experiences)

Blue Buttons has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
Blue Buttons has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Also known as

Greater Periwinkle, Greater Periwinkle, Big Leaf Periwinkle, Large Periwinkle and Vinca Vine

Taxonomy

Vinca major
Vinca
Apocynaceae
Gentianales

How to care for Blue Buttons

💦 Water

How often to water your Blue Buttons

Water needs for Blue Buttons
0.5 cups
every 9

Blue Buttons 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 Blue Buttons

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Greater Periwinkle in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Blue Buttons: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Blue Buttons love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Blue Buttons does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Blue Buttons in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Blue Buttons

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Blue Buttons: 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 Blue Buttons after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Blue Buttons 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 →


💦 Water Needs

Blue Buttons 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.


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Blue Buttons 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 🏡.


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Blue Buttons 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.

Greater Periwinkle Toxicity to Cats →

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Greater Periwinkle Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Blue Buttons 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.


🪴 Soil

Blue Buttons 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!


💩 Fertilizer

Blue Buttons 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.


🌎 Native Region

Blue Buttons is native to Europe, Northwest Africa, and Southwest Asia.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your Blue Buttons bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

Greater Periwinkle Flowers →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Blue Buttons 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
Blue Buttons can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 7a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.


🌱 Propagation

Blue Buttons 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.

How to Propagate Greater Periwinkle →


🍂 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 Blue Buttons, 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 Blue Buttons

Blue Buttons

Blue Buttons


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

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

Blue Buttons has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 8
Blue Buttons has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 5
Blue Buttons has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 3
Blue Buttons has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 2
Blue Buttons has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
@haveaniceday avatar
@@haveaniceday
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 264 XP
06/06/2021

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
@@Kenzie04
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 184 XP
globe Kansas City, MO
06/02/2021

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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