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How to Grow Lantana

May 23, 2022



Lantana loves the heat of the summer. It’s best to plant it during the early spring after the last frosts fall to the ground in your area. Check your local listings for frost dates. After the soil warms up, plant your lantana in an area of the garden that receives morning and afternoon sunlight. Planting lantana in shady areas may prevent the plant from flowering.



Ensure that the soil drains well, and add amendments to improve the drainage where necessary.

Lantana plants that have wet roots all of the time will end up experiencing the onset of diseases and pests.

Plant the lantana in flowerbeds or as border plants around the garden. When planting, gently coax the roots out of the transplant pot, and place them in a prepared hole.

Cover the roots with soil, but make sure you don’t cover the crown of the plant. If you cover the crown of the plant with mulch, it results in the onset of disease.

After planting, press down on the soil around the base of the plant to remove any air pockets.


Water the lantana thoroughly, and leave the soil to dry for 3-days before watering again.

The spacing requirements vary depending on the variety, and you can mulch around the base of the plant during the summer to retain moisture in the soil and provide the plant with additional nutrients to support flowering.

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Lantana care is pretty simple. Water newly planted lantana regularly to ensure healthy root development. While established plants are drought tolerant, they stage the best show when they receive roughly one inch of water per week, either through rainfall or irrigation. Regular watering fuels steady growth and full-size flowers in greater numbers.

It’s not necessary to fertilize established plants, but a light dose of all-purpose fertilizer can be applied in spring. Too much fertilizer can actually reduce the amount of flowers.


Lantana can be harmful to children, pets, and livestock. The leaves can cause brief skin irritation or a rash. Though all parts of the plant are poisonous, the berries are the most toxic, and can be fatal if ingested.

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Plants can be overwintered indoors in a cool room or basement in colder climates. 


Because of the sandpapery texture and pungent scent of lantana leaves, deer will avoid lantana, though extreme conditions can result in deer grazing on plants they wouldn’t otherwise.

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