The lantana plants are often mistaken for vines due to the way they act and the fact that their branches resemble vines. The plants are evergreen shrubs. The flowers of the plant feature brightly colored, round clusters. The flowers are available in a wide range of colors such as pink, yellow, purple, red and orange flowers. You may even find out that the flower colors vary within each cluster.

Furthermore, the lantana plants are often grown in hanging pots with their branches and the leaves spilling over the sides. The lantana plant leaves have a citrus smell, while also the fragrance of the flowers is somewhat off-putting.


Tip: The lantana plants are often viewed as invasive, most especially in areas that do not experience frost. Before growing lantana plants, make sure you can keep the plant under control.


How to Grow Lantana Plants

The colorful flowers of the lantana plants are actually a great addition to any garden. The lantana plants are often used as borders or to cover ground that may be open. The plants actually thrive in warm conditions and they also love the sunlight. The plants even tolerate salt spray, which actually makes them ideal for planting near the ocean. The lantanas plants are often planted in hanging baskets in colder climates or during the winter months. One of the elements that make the lantanas plants so unique is the fact that the plant can have different colored petals on the same flower.

When to Plant: The lantanas plants can be grow in any sunny location with well-draining soil. Lantanas are usually planted in the spring once the last frost has passed and the cold has begun to subside. Once the area has warmed up the lantanas plant will begin to grow.

Where to Plant: The lantanas plants thrive in full or partial sunlight and they will need to be exposed to it for about six hours a day. Lantanas plants can tolerate the shade but they need to have some sunlight exposure. 


Planting Lantana

When planting it, the plants need to be kept around thirty centimeters apart from one another. The gaps between rows should be around thirty-five centimeters wide, in other to allow them to grow freely.

It is very few varieties of lantana that are available as seeds. Nevertheless, that’s not really a huge concern as it’s advisable to grow propagated, sterile plants in other to prevent them from spreading and becoming weeds.

The flowers will actually bloom in warm conditions, and in most cases, the color of the flowers will change as they begin to age. The plant can easily survive extreme heat as long as they have access to water. If by peradventures they dried out, you can actually revive them with fertilizer and water.


Ideal Growing Conditions for Lantana Plants

-         The lantanas plants needs to be in direct sunlight at least six hours a day.

-         Although the plant can tolerate shady conditions, but they prefer the sun.

-         The lantanas plant need to be planted in slightly acidic soil with good drainage.

-         Make sure that the lantanas plants is properly watered and don’t let it dry out.

-         While the lantanas plants can survive temperatures of around -3°C, but they prefers temperatures that is above 12°C.

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