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How to Prune Lantana

How to Prune Lantana

How to Prune Lantana. Lantana is a hardy flowering plant that grows profusely in the southern regions of the United States. Lantana blooms throughout the growing season, producing large fragrant flowers. This plant grows fast and requires frequent pruning to continue producing flowers. Pruning lantana is not difficult, although it does require a...

Lantana is a hardy flowering plant that grows profusely in the southern regions of the United States. Lantana blooms throughout the growing season, producing large fragrant flowers. This plant grows fast and requires frequent pruning to continue producing flowers. Pruning lantana is not difficult, although it does require a bit of knowledge to trim properly.
Things You'll Need
Pruning shears
Determine what type of lantana you have. Some forms of this plant are perennial while others are annual and must be pruned accordingly.
Trim tips from the lantana to stimulate new growth and flowering. Cutting anywhere from 1 to 3 inches from the end of each section will rejuvenate the plant and encourage new flowers.
Cut the lantana back in the early spring if you have a lot of dead growth. You can cut approximately 6 to 10 inches from the plant while the weather is still cool. This dramatic cutting will allow for extensive expansion during peak summer growth.
Prune back any lantana that has outgrown its designated planting space. This plant grows very quickly and if it is not contained, it will overtake neighboring plants. Cut back lantana to 1/3 of its height and spread for best results.
Water and fertilize any newly pruned plants. A light fertilization will stabilize and nourish lantana and allow it to take full advantage of new healthy growth.
Tips & Warnings
Take care to avoid trimming excessively during pruning. Lantana can be killed off easily if over-trimmed.
Do not overwater lantana. Too much water will cause molding and mildew.

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