Can someone please help. I've only recently discovered lantana and
just love how it brings so many butterflies and hummingbirds around.
For the first time I've purchased a lantana plant already potted
(instead of planting in my own soil). Not that that should matter, I
Anyway, our weather has been a little strange for a New Jersey
summer. Lots of cool nights and 70's days. I've been watering
daily. And noticed that the leaves are all edged in black and the
bottom of the pot is filled with wilted leaves.
Was hoping that someone can help me to stop this decay before it kills
my plant. It's so late in the season, I don't think I'll be able to
find any more for sale.
Help please. Thanks so much!
Sue, I also live in NJ. Can that plant swim? I would pull it out, get it new
dirt and rinse off the old soil and repot it of if that is a perennial,
plant it and water less. Maybe someone else has better ideas. Let us know
how it's doing in a week or so.
"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with
the intention of arriving safely in an attractive
I agree with this advice. Lantanas like well-drained soil and prefer to
dry out a bit between waterings. If, when you repot the plant, you find
that it is rootbound, make a few deep cuts in the root ball with a sharp
knife before replanting in a good potting mix. Easy on the water until
it gets hot and sunny. Lantanas are resilient and I'll bet yours will
recover and start growing quickly in a few weeks. I have a few lantanas
in pots and bring them indoors for the winter where they do surprisingly
well in a sunny window. My favorite cultivar is 'Dallas Red'.
Some lantana cultivars are self-sterile and will bloom freely all season
without deadheading. If you find yours producing berries, regular
removal of the spent blossoms before they go to seed will keep your
plant in bloom continuously.
One thing to keep in mind when growing lantanas is that many plants do
not tolerate being planted close to them very well due to plant growth
inhibitors released into the soil.
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