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How to Grow and Care for Lantanas

Lantana species

This plant grows best with full sun for most of the dayOnce established this plant requires little or no supplemental wateringThis plant will tolerate some drought, but benefits from periodic wateringHummingbird PlantButterfly FlowerNo DeerWhite flowering plantRed flowering plantPink flowering plantYellow flowering plantblue flowering plantPurple flowering plantorange flowering plant

Lantanas are fast growing, shrubby, spreading or trailing evergreen plants that grow from 1-4 feet tall.
Trailing Lantanas, Lantana montevidensis can be used as ground covers and will spread as far as 6 feet and help control soil erosion.

Lantana plants produce flat-topped 2" clusters of bright, multi-colored tubular flowers in the summer and fall.
The flowers open pink, yellow, lavender or orange before turning to red, white, rosy-purple or orange.
It is not uncommon for several colors to be found in the same cluster.

Lantanas are easily grown in planters and are suitable for growing as house plants where they can be induced to bloom
during the winter months by growing them in a sunny window and keeping the flower buds pinched off until late fall.
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Growing Requirements for Lantana Plants in the Garden

Most Lantana Plants are only hardy in USDA zones 8-11, but some new hybrids are hardy in zone 7.
In areas where they are not hardy, they are grown as annuals or as House Plants.
Lantanas should be grown in a warm part of the garden where they will receive full sun.
Insufficient sunlight can cause powdery mildew
They should be planted in fairly rich, loamy, well-drained soil.

Water regularly and deeply during the first growing season to establish a deep, healthy root system.
After the first year, continue deep watering but water less often.
Over watering can cause flowering to decline.
Once established Lantanas are fairly drought tolerant plants.

Prune back hard in the spring to remove any dead wood and to improve the shape,
then feed your Lantana lightly before new growth begins, using a good all-purpose fertilizer.
Pinch the tips of new growth to induce bushier growth.

Growing a Lantana as a House Plant

When growing Lantanas as house plants, they should be planted in a rich, fast draining soil and grown in a bright, sunny spot with night temperatures at about 60°. Allow the soil to dry between waterings.

Take cuttings in the spring and keep the buds pinched off until fall to have Lantana flowers indoors during the winter months.
Check regularly for white flies and spider mites!

Propagating Lantanas

Lantana plants are fairly easy to propagate with stem cuttings taken during the summer. Dip the ends in rooting powder and push them into a small pot filled with sterile potting mix. Keep them in a warm, sunny place until the roots are well developed.

Start Lantana seeds indoors, 12 weeks before the last killing frost in your area if they are to be grown in the garden, or at any time for indoor use.
Maintain a temperature in the growing medium of 70°-75° until germination, which takes 6-8 weeks.

The flowers and foliage of a Trailing Lantana plant, Lantana montevidensis
Lantana montevidensis
A Monarch Butterfly on a Lantana Irene plant
Lantana 'Irene'
A Variegated Lemon Swirl Lantana in Bloom
Lantana 'Lemon Swirl'