Plant Care Old Maid

Old Maid

4.8 out of 5 (17 experiences)

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

Also known as

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

Taxonomy

Catharanthus roseus
Catharanthus
Apocynaceae
Gentianales

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

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A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

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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!


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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 12
Old Maid has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 8
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 Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 2
Old Maid has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 1
Sparklewink avatar
@Sparklewink
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 318 XP
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.

Bpaige1020 avatar
@Bpaige1020
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 132 XP
globe Minden, Louisiana
08/24/2021

Super pretty and brightly colored!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Liam avatar
@Liam
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 58 XP
globe Tucson, Arizona
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
Brenna.n0 avatar
@Brenna.n0
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 137 XP
07/17/2021

it’s super cute i gotta say

Blooms easily Blooms easily
Daira avatar
@Daira
leaf-1 37 Plants
xp 1,752 XP
globe Starkville, Mississippi
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
Leiloojustine avatar
@Leiloojustine
leaf-1 14 Plants
xp 458 XP
globe Kingman, Arizona
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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