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Question: I live in the TX panhandle where it gets quite cold. I recently visited south TX where I purchased a few potted Esperanza that are blooming. I also got 2 Trailing Purple Lantana down there. Now I don't know what to do with them. I know they are not very cold hardy. Do I just leave them in the pots. Do I repot them in bigger pots? If so should I do that now or later in the fall? Should I bring them in for the winter or leave them on a south facing porch. Or should I go ahead and plant them? I really want to save these plants and maybe plant them in the spring. Do you think once planted in the ground, whether it be now or next spring, that they would survive the winter around here? Thank you.

Answer: Patricia,

I would definitely leave them in the containers and keep them moist but not too wet over the winter. Put them in a spot with some sun until a frost kills the Esperanza back, the lantana may remain green longer. Move them to a cold area but protected from very cold (below the upper 20's) so they can go dormant but not be killed outright. Then when the danger of frost is past move them outdoors to where you want to plant them.

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