The bright colours and potent fragrance of lantana flowers make them a popular choice for many plant lovers. Lantanas are tropical flowers originally grown in tropical regions of the Americas and Africa, although they can now be purchased through most major garden centres. Lantanas are fairly low- maintenance and easy to grow, making them a good choice for novice plant enthusiasts.
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Things you need
- Lantana plant
- Hanging pot
- Potting soil
- Watering can
- Liquid houseplant fertiliser
Transfer the lantana from the pot it came in to a hanging pot. Fill the pot halfway with clean potting soil, add the lantana, and fill to the top with more soil.
Hang the plant in a warm, sunny location. Lantana needs at least four hours of full sunlight each day, so place it in a room such as a kitchen or living room that maintains a temperature of at least 21.1 degrees Celsius.
Water the plant once a week. Use a watering can to dampen the soil around the base of the plant, taking care not to wet the leaves or flowers. Let the soil dry between watering to prevent mould and fungus caused by overwatering.
Feed your lantana twice a month with a houseplant fertiliser. Liquid fertiliser works best, as it is easily distributed and soaks down to the roots to feed the entire plant.
Prune the plant to promote dense flower growth. Pinch new buds off with your fingers, pulling them gently away from the stem as they begin to grow. Trim away any dead branches with a pair of small scissors.
Tips and warnings
- Lantana does not do well in cold weather, and may not bloom a second season if left outside during the winter.
- Keep lantana plants out of reach of pets. Some species are poisonous to animals.
- Move the plant outside during warm months if the scent is too powerful.
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