By: Tonya Barnett, (Author of FRESHCUTKY)
Lantana flowers are an excellent choice for those wishing to attractbutterflies, pollinators, and other beneficial insects to flower gardens.Especially attractive to hummingbirds, these blooms come in a wide range ofvibrant colors. Lantana plants are hardy to USDA zones 8-11.
While cooler growing zones may experience die back, lantana canactually exhibit invasive qualities in warmer regions. This trait makes lantana ideal for growing in containers or ornamental raised flower beds. With proper care,gardeners can enjoy the small showy flowers for many years to come. In doingso, learning how to repot lantana will be important.
Growing lantana in containers is popular for many reasons.Blooming throughout the entire growing season, lantana in pots can be used toadd a much needed “pop” of color just about anywhere. When growing conditionsare right, however, these plants can become large rather quickly. It is forthis reason that many growers find moving lantana to larger containers a fewtimes each season a necessity.
Repotting lantana should occur when the root system of theplant has completely filled its current pot. The need to repot lantana plantsmay first become noticeable if the container dries out quickly after wateringor has difficulty retaining water.
The presence of roots poking through the bottom of thecontainer drainage hole may also be an indication of the need for repotting.Luckily, the process of relocating lantana in a new pot is relatively simple.
When learning how to repot lantana, growers will first needto select a slightly larger pot. While it may be tempting to replant in a potthat is much bigger, lantana actually prefers to grow in somewhat confinedspaces.
To begin moving lantana to a larger container, fill thebottom few inches of the container with small gravel to assist drainage,followed by a couple inches of fresh potting soil. Next, carefully remove thelantana plant and its roots from the old container. Gently place it into thenew pot, and then fill the empty space with potting soil.
Water the container well to ensure that the soil hassettled. While early spring is generally the best time to repot lantana, it canbe done at other times throughout the growing season, as well.
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HGTV explains that lantana prefers bright sun and well-draining soil. Like most garden plants, they should be planted in the spring after the last frost has occurred. Growth may be slow at first, and you should water them regularly when newly planted. They will thrive once warm weather arrives. Indoor plants behave similarly. To encourage blooming, deadhead stems occasionally otherwise, lantana shouldn’t require any significant pruning other than a regular cutting back in the spring.
A lantana plant that suffers from overwatering or poor drainage may show signs of root rot, and the plant can develop mildew if it doesn’t receive enough sunlight. Keep an eye out for these problems and rearrange and repot lantana as needed. A few common pests can bother lantana, such as lace bugs and whiteflies, so watch for discoloration on the leaves. If you see signs of an infestation, treat them immediately.
Divide Lantana in the spring, when the plant first begins to sprout. Select a large Lantana plant that can be divided into several smaller plants, each able to fill at least a one-gallon container.
Look for a plant whose flower production and size have declined, and the center of the plant is beginning to die back. Lantana stems that are very leggy and thin are the best candidates to be divided.
Dig around the Lantana plant, then under the root ball using a shovel. Lift the crown of the plant from the hole.
Look for areas at the base of the stems of the Lantana plant to identify places where it can be separated at the roots. Ensure that each section has at least one good stem bud with sufficient roots.
Cut through the roots with a sharp knife to separate each section from the crown. Continue this process until all the divisions are completed.
Transplant each new Lantana into freshly-turned soil, or into containers filled with potting soil, and water thoroughly. Water regularly to keep the soil damp until the plant is well-established.