Plant Care Old Maid

Old Maid

4.8 out of 5 (19 experiences)

Old Maid has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily
Old Maid has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves

About Old Maid

Madagascar periwinkle is an evergreen, erect-to-spreading perennial that grows to 4 feet tall. It blooms all summer from July through September, only stopping at frost. It is resistant to deer and rabbits. It can be used as a ground cover in beds and for bedding and borders in drought tolerant gardens, butterfly gardens and recreational play areas.

Taxonomy

Catharanthus roseus
Catharanthus
Apocynaceae
Gentianales

Also known as

Bright Eyes, Bright Eyes, Cape periwinkle, Graveyard plant, Madagascar periwinkle, Old maid, Pink periwinkle and Rose periwinkle

How to care for Old Maid

💦 Water

How often to water your Old Maid

Water needs for Old Maid
0.5 cups
every 9

Old Maid 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 Old Maid

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for Bright Eyes in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Old Maid: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Old Maid love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Old Maid does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize Old Maid

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

💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

Old Maid is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Common Bright Eyes Problems →


💦 Water Needs

Old Maid 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.

Bright Eyes Water Frequency →

Bright Eyes Root Rot →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

Old Maid 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 🏡.

Bright Eyes Light Requirements →

Bright Eyes Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

Old Maid 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.

Bright Eyes Toxicity to Cats →

Bright Eyes Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

Old Maid 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.

Bright Eyes Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

Old Maid 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 Bright Eyes →

When and How to Successfully Repot Bright Eyes →


💩 Fertilizer

Old Maid should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize Bright Eyes →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

Old Maid grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.

How and When to Prune Bright Eyes →


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
Old Maid can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 10-12. Find your local hardiness zone here.

Bright Eyes Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

The seeds of Old Maid can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.

How to Propagate Bright Eyes →


🧐 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 Old Maid

Old Maid

Old Maid


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

Old Maid has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 13
Old Maid has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 10
Old Maid has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 8
Old Maid has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 5
Old Maid has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 2
Old Maid has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
@Flowerpower0303 avatar
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globe Tucson, AZ
12/29/2021

Easy to take care of

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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leaf-1 10 Plants
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09/11/2021

Idk what I’m doing wrong but this plant continuously tries to die on me. Needs to be watered constantly and needs to be rotated constantly. So high maintenance.

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globe Minden, LA
08/24/2021

Super pretty and brightly colored!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
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globe Tucson, AZ
08/07/2021

This plant is a very pretty plant with colors from white to pink to magenta, but one thing to know about this plant is that the flowers can be poisonous in different amounts. This plant can also automatically pop off its flowers for a new bloom. This plant is also grows fast. Once it starts growing pods for the seeds there is a chance for a new plant.

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
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leaf-1 1 Plants
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07/17/2021

it’s super cute i gotta say

Blooms easily Blooms easily
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globe Starkville, MS
06/08/2021

I love the big beautiful flowers on this plant!! and it’s leaves are the perfect fresh green :) it makes me smile everytime i look at it!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
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globe Kingman, AZ
05/21/2021

If you’re looking for a pretty plant, doesn’t require much light, and safe for animals this is her ladies !!!!!!! bought less than a week ago and she’s already so luscious

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily

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