The Q&A Archives: No Flowering

Question: My Spreading Sunset Lantana has stopped flowering, but is not dead. What can I do to revive it? I'm a novice gardener and don't know what to do.

Answer: Lantana grows and blooms best in a full sun location. Trimming off the old flowers as soon as they fade goes a long way toward keeping it in full bloom non-stop. If there are old faded flowers and/or seeds forming (they look like little black beads), trim them off.

If the plant is in a container, make sure you water it enough to keep the soil evenly moist but not sopping wet, and also fertilize it regularly per the label instructions. (Either a slow release or a water soluble fertilizer for flowering plants is fine.)

If planted in the ground, make sure to water deeply during dry spells and, again, fertilize regularly as you would any annual flowers. Several inches of organic mulch can also help keep the soil more evenly moist and conserve water. Good luck with your lantana.

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