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Question: how do you propagate lantana plants? Can you take a cutting and if so do you take it from the woody part of the plant? When is the best time to propagate lantanas? Thank you, Linda

Answer: Lantana is really easy to propagate. Use the tender tips, not the woody parts of the plant. You can take cuttings anytime the plants are actively growing. Make 5-6" long cuttings from the new growth, strip the leaves from the bottom few inches of the stem and dip the cut end into rooting hormone. Place the cut ends into moistened potting soil (I do a dozen cuttings at a time and set them all into a one-gallon pot). Keep the potting soil moist but not soggy wet. Place the pot outdoors in a bright location out of direct sunshine. In 3-4 weeks you'll see new growth on each cutting which indicates they have rooted. Carefully separate the new little plants and plant them in the garden. Shade them for the first few days that they are in the soil. After about a week they should adjust to their new homes in your garden.

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