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Name: Melissa
Paradise, CA (Zone 9b)
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msandsm
Jan 24, 2017 4:18 PM CST
I've had a Lantana - Landmark Rose Glow - for two years now. (The same amount of time I've been gardening!) The first year it was loaded with flowers. After getting some advice, I trimmed it way back in the fall after the leaves were dead. I think I may have pruned it too far down. Last spring it took a while to leaf-out, and there were many fewer blossoms. (It helped some to transplant it into a larger pot.) I need to know, though, when to cut it back - fall or spring? I've been told both, from people at the same nursery!

And as an aside, can all plants that need yearly pruning be done at the same time of year - fall or spring? (That's probably too broad a question: I'm sure it's different for each plant.)

Thanks!
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Jan 24, 2017 4:24 PM CST
I prune my lantana in early Spring, just when it is showing signs of being in active growth again. I leave it alone in late Fall to winter, so it is able to handle winter cold. So far it works for my plant.
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jan 24, 2017 4:30 PM CST
I have several different colors of Lantana in Scottsdale, AZ. I always trim it back in Spring. That provides some cover for the roots if we get any hard freezes. Even when they look brown and dead, I leave it that way until Spring. One year long ago I pruned them down in the fall and had the same thing happen. It took way too long to leaf out and got many fewer blooms.
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Name: Melissa
Paradise, CA (Zone 9b)
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msandsm
Jan 24, 2017 10:47 PM CST
Thanks to you all! I guess I know which nurseryman I should listen to at my local nursery. You've all corroborated what he told me to do!
Thank You!
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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jan 25, 2017 12:02 AM CST
Melissa, if you have any photos of your lantana plants or blooms please add them to the database. I noticed that we only have 3 photos of your type.
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Name: stone
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stone
Jan 25, 2017 7:49 AM CST
Lantana in a pot?

Maybe plant it in the ground and leave it alone.

I don't prune, those dead stems help hold up the green ones, allowing the bushes to get larger and larger.

What people say.... Is that those stems are hollow, and pruning in the autumn means the hollow stems fill with water, and when it freezes, it may damage or kill the plant.

One spring, I made the mistake of cutting back the dead stems of one section of lantana, I'd planned to move it.... And it disturbed the quail that were nesting there.... They'd nested there for a number of years.... And haven't come back... I'd rather have the quail than a tidy garden....
Name: Melissa
Paradise, CA (Zone 9b)
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msandsm
Jan 28, 2017 5:14 PM CST
Stone: I don't have the option of planting it in the ground, so it will have to stay in a large pot.

Karen: do you mean post a picture this summer, when it's at its best? I can't imagine anyone wanting to see it in its current condition! I'm happy to post a picture when it's in full bloom.

Thank You!
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Jan 28, 2017 11:40 PM CST
Don't feel bad Melissa, my lantana almost died last summer while we were away, and it surprisingly came back in late Fall. I also have mine in a container, no area to plant it inground as well.

See what happened to mine:
Happy in March to April 2016
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Almost too dead looking 31Aug2016
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Bounced back in October 2016 thankfully!
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Jan 2017, after the rains, plant is holding, and is trying to make blooms once the dry conditions returned: really needs pruning soon. I am just waiting for our overnight temps to be more consistently at 50F at least. Mid to high 30F's still hovering overnight.

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Name: Melissa
Paradise, CA (Zone 9b)
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msandsm
Feb 18, 2017 11:02 AM CST
I definitely need to check my posts more often! Thank you everyone. I will post pictures this spring when new growth starts, and ask again about pruning. I can still see the stems from when I pruned it last year - there was no evidence that any new growth came from them last spring.
Thank You! Thank You!
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Name: Kristi
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Feb 18, 2017 9:08 PM CST
Late to this party but always only prune Lantana in springtime. New growth comes from roots not the old stems.
Stone is correct. If pruned in fall, the hollow stems will allow moisture to get to the roots and cause rot or damage from freezing. And Stone is also correct, if you leave the taller branches on the plant it will help hold a larger Lantana upright and keep it from sprawling on the ground which allows it to grow taller.
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Name: Melissa
Paradise, CA (Zone 9b)
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msandsm
Feb 22, 2017 12:31 PM CST
A late answer to a question asking for a picture. You can still see where I pruned it in the fall of 2015.


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Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Feb 22, 2017 9:31 PM CST


Karen: do you mean post a picture this summer, when it's at its best? I can't imagine anyone wanting to see it in its current condition! I'm happy to post a picture when it's in full bloom.

Yes, when it's in full bloom we need some pics for the database, please!
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Name: Anna Z.
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AnnaZ
Feb 23, 2017 6:18 PM CST
I cut both my potted lantanas back to about 3 inches about the middle of last summer when I discovered that they had whiteflies something fierce. Yes, when they were outside. Spraying didn't help. So I cut them back to "short sticks" and stripped off any remaining leaves. Didn't kill them, they were leafed out good by the time it was greenhouse time in early October. I thought I had some pix but I guess I was too ashamed for them to take any. LOL I sprayed them both a couple of times, and the bigger one (that was far worse re: the whiteflies) I put in a trash bag and tied it shut for about a week. Finally got rid of those suckers. I haven't noticed anything on them in the greenhouse.

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