The Q&A Archives: Winter Care of Lantana

Question: Last spring I purchased several 'Weeping White' Lantanta montevidensis. When I bought them I was told they were perennial. I have tried to transplant some to have for next year just in case they don't come back. How do I care for them during the winter? It looks like they have already died.

Answer: Well, whoever told you Lantana is perennial is correct - and incorrect! It is perennial in warmer parts of Texas, but in your area (USDA Zone 7B) it's grown as an annual. The plants can be overwintered indoors, and although the tops look dead, the roots may still be alive. Water the pots and set them in a bright room out of direct sun - they may send up green shoots. Do not fertilize, and water them sparingly. If they don't make it, you can plant seeds outside in early spring.

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