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How to Care for a Hanging Basket of Lantana

How to Care for a Hanging Basket of Lantana

How to Care for a Hanging Basket of Lantana. Lantana is the perfect hanging basket plant for gardeners who love mounds of easy-care color all summer. The plant is fairly undemanding, thrives in most soils and dislikes too much food and water. Cold hardy only in USDA Zones 9-11, these gorgeous members of the verbena family make outstanding annual...

Lantana is the perfect hanging basket plant for gardeners who love mounds of easy-care color all summer. The plant is fairly undemanding, thrives in most soils and dislikes too much food and water. Cold hardy only in USDA Zones 9-11, these gorgeous members of the verbena family make outstanding annual hanging basket specimens.
Things You'll Need
Mulch
All-purpose 20-20-20 liquid fertilizer
Watering can
Neem oil
Hand sprayer
Apply a thin layer of mulch to your lantana. Hang the basket outdoors in full sun after sustained overnight temperatures remain above 55 degrees F. Protect this plant from winds and frost. Bring it inside if the weather turns nasty.
Water your lantana hanging basket only if the soil surface feels dry to the touch. These plants are very drought tolerant and don't like wet feet. In most U.S. climates normal rainfall is sufficient for lantana, if rain reaches your hanging basket.
Feed your hanging plant a good all-purpose 20-20-20 liquid fertilizer every two weeks, mixed per the manufacturer's recommendations.
Trim dead stems from the hanging lantana as necessary, and tip prune stems to promote fullness. Deadhead flowers when they fade so that your plant will bloom continuously throughout the season.
Take cuttings anytime you like throughout the growing season. They'll root easily.
Treat your hanging lantana with neem oil if you detect the presence of whiteflies, one of the few pests that trouble it. Mix neem oil with water in a spray bottle as per the manufacturer's instructions.
Tips & Warnings
If you need to bring your lantana in due to cool weather or high winds, don't store it in the garage with your vehicle. Exhaust fumes will injure or kill the plant.
All parts of lantana are poisonous if ingested.

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