How to Prune Lantana for Maximum Growth

by Alex Kountry
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Learn how to prune lantana for maximum growth with these pruning tips. By following these tips, you can keep your lantana looking its best and encourage new growth.

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Introduction

Lantana is a tropical flowering plant that thrives in warm weather and grows best when pruned regularly. When pruning lantana, it’s important to do so in a way that promotes maximum growth. To achieve this, follow the tips below.

What is lantana?

Lantana is a genus of about 150 species of flowering plants in the verbena family, Verbenaceae. They are native to tropical America and Africa but exist as an introduced species in numerous areas, especially in Australia and Oceania. The genus includes both herbaceous and shrub-like perennial plants growing to 50 cm (20 in) tall. Flowering occurs throughout the year with some flowers being produced continuously and others appearing seasonally depending on rainfall patterns. All have strong-smelling foliage.

The benefits of pruning lantana

Pruning lantana has several benefits. It helps to shape the plant, encourages bushier growth, and promotes more blooming. Lantana is a heat-loving plant that blooms profusely from late spring until fall. The colorful flowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds.

How to prune lantana

Lantana is a beautiful, flowering plant that is often used in landscaping. While it is a tough plant that can tolerate a lot of abuse, it does need to be pruned properly to encourage maximum growth.

When to prune

Lantana need very little pruning, and in fact, too much pruning can actually inhibit growth. If you must prune your lantana, the best time to do so is late winter or early spring, before new growth begins.

The tools you’ll need

Pruning lantana is a simple job that doesn’t require any special equipment. All you’ll need is a pair of sharp, clean pruning shears.

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Lantana can be pruned at any time of year, but the best time to prune it is in late winter or early spring, just before the new growth begins.

How to prune lantana

Lantana is a shrubby plant that can grow anywhere from 2 to 6 feet tall, with a spread of 3 to 4 feet. It’s a tropical plant, so it’s not cold-hardy; it will die back to the ground in areas where the temperature dips below freezing. Lantana is known for its colorful, trumpet-shaped flowers that appear in summer and last through fall. hummingbirds love the flowers, and lantana is sometimes called hummingbird sage or Texas hummingbird.

You can prune lantana any time of year, but it’s best to wait until after the plant blooms. Pruning stimulates new growth, so if you prune too early in the season, you may remove flower buds. When pruning lantana, use sharp pruning shears and make clean cuts just above a node (the area where leaves are attached to the stem). You can cut lantana back by as much as one-third without harming the plant.

Conclusion

If you want your lantana to produce the maximum amount of growth, you will need to prune it on a regular basis. Pruning helps to encourage new growth and also maintains the plant’s shape. You can prune lantana any time of year, but late winter or early spring is the best time to do it.

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Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books

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