The Q&A Archives: Lantana Question

Question: I have a lantana tree (one year old). It is flowering but the inside of all the branches and half way out the branches it is just bare wood. The leaves and flowers on only on the ends. Last year is was all nice and full and green and flowering. I understand it does not need water every day. Help!

Answer: As you've discovered, Lantana blooms on new wood. To keep your plant full of healthy new foliage and lots of flowers, prune it back. Lantana is a tough plant, so as long as it's healthy you don't have to worry too much about pruning. Cutting back promotes tender new growth. I usually prune mine in late winter or early spring before new growth starts, but you can prune yours back now. Next winter, prune it back again and by next spring it will be full and attractive once again.

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