Lantana not thriving - Knowledgebase Question

glendlae, Ar
Question by alhollatz
July 2, 2009
I planted 2 lantana bushes in early June, neither of them seen to be growing, and no flowers. I water every other day, and use Miracle Gro aboiut once a week. Sometimes the branches feel pliable and healthy, sometimes they break between my fingers...help!


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Answer from NGA
July 2, 2009

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Lantana is quite drought tolerant so you may be overwatering your plants. Try watering deeply every 3-4 days during the summer months. Lantana typically flowers non-stop from July through August - it loves hot weather - and I've found that pruning it back will encourage lots of healthy new growth and lots of flowers. So, prune yours back now and water deeply every 3-4 days. Hold off on the fertilizer and I think you'll see an improvement in your plants. Enjoy!

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