The Q&A Archives: TANGERINE SPREADING do I protect it?

Question: I have one of your tangerine spreading lantanas. It's doing beautifully, but I know that it doesn't take well to the cold. I can't dig it up and bring it indoors. I tended so well to it it has grown to 3 feet tall and 3 feet wide, so it's too big to dig up and put it in a pot to bring it inside. I am heartbroken that it may not survive our quite cold winters (I take lots of pictures, though so I can remember it). I read in your database that you can protect it with mulch. Exactly HOW do you do this and is there anything else I can do to protect it? It's such a pity as it is absolutely thriving right now. I'm very sad! This is more of a tree than a plant (like the yellow lantanas). Please help; I need to know what to do very soon.

Answer: Unfortunately you are gardening in zone 6B, the warmer part of zone 6. Lantana is only winter hardy to zone 9 or 10 depending on the cultivar. 9This means areas such as Florida.) If you were in zone 8B (the warmer part of zone 8) then you might be able to overwinter it by mulching heavily and providing wind protection during the winter. But asking it to survive three zones is sadly just not realistic. If you really want to experiment with a lantana, there is one particularly hardy lantana called Miss Huff (Lantana camara 'Miss Huff') that is supposed to handle the cold into zone 7. I am so sorry I can't be more encouraging.

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