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Vinca minor per square metre

BenCottoBenCotto RutlandPosts: 3,596

I have a steep bank on three sides of my garage and I would like to stabilise the soil by planting vinca minor, possibly Gertrude Jekyll.

I estimate the area to be around 20 square metres and I can buy the plants in 9cm pots or, at a price premium, in 2 litre pots. Does one size have merit over the other? And how many small/larger plants should I order to cover this expanse of ground? I would be grateful for your opinions.

The top of the bank is ‘ungardened’ land for bonfires etc so it does not matter if the vinca spreads out from its allocated space.

Thank you.

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  • hogweedhogweed Central ScotlandPosts: 4,037

    Rule of thumb for ground cover is 9 plants (9cm pots) per square metre. I would buy the 9cm pots rather than the 2l pots. If using the 2l pots, 5 per square metre.

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  • Hi

    I would consider buying larger size Vinca minor if you can as they easily propogate when established. I remove about the same area of vinca about 3 weeks ago as it was getting a bit evasive. As I was removing it I could have easily made 100 new plants from the removed growth. Most had good roots on it and I gave quite a few of my neighbours a lot of the cuttings 

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