The Q&A Archives: My Lantana are sad!

Question: I planted some beautify Lantana using Miracle Gro Outdoor potting soil I purchased at Home Depot. They seemed to be doing very well at first but now seem quite unhappy in their environment. I have watered them faithfully and the salesman in the nursery assured me that their place in my garden, as far as the amount of sun they receive, would be fine so what have I done wrong?

Answer: You may be overwatering. Lantana grows in poor, dry soils in full sun. You've given them well draining, rich soil and they just don't know how to react! Keep the soil on the dry side and prune your plants back to encourage new stems, leaves and flowers. They perform best in hot weather so this summer they should be beautiful. Enjoy!

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