Growing Lantanas at Home
When received: Lantanas are shipped in 2″ rose pots. If they are dry when received, soak well. Keep them watered and in a warm area with good light until ready to plant.
When to plant: In zones 3-6, the best time for planting is spring or early summer (April – June). In warmer zones, (7-10), any time between April and September is fine for planting. Lantanas are a warm- to hot-weather plant and do not start rapid growth or blooming until the night temperature is above 60 degrees.
Where to plant: Lantanas perform best in a sunny location. Water well, but make sure the ground drains well; lantanas do not like standing in water.
How to plant:
Soil preparation – Prepare soil by spading and adding compost or rotted manure.
Placing the plant – Plant top of rose pot even with ground level and space 15″ to 18″ apart.
Water – Keep well watered at all times.
Fertilizing: Fertilize every 2 weeks with a balanced fertilizer (12-12-12, 6-6-6, etc.) at half the recommended strength. Fish emulsion or liquid fertilizer is also good.
Disease: The primary pests are white flies. They infest mainly during winter months when the lantanas are inside by a sunny window or in a greenhouse. Spray frequently with systemic insecticides with instar growth inhibitors.
General: Lantanas are cold hardy in zones 9 and 10. In zones 3-8, treat as an annual or dig and bring inside before night temperatures drop below 45 degrees. If they dry out severely, they will quickly stop blooming. A consistent watering routine is important.
Mounding lantanas, when planted early, fertilized and kept watered, reach an average height of 2-3 feet by the end of the summer. The trailing lantanas grow in a prostrate (ground cover) fashion.
Questions: Call American Daylily & Perennials, 800-770-2777.