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Characteristics: Our 'Dallas Red' Lantana has fiery red, orange, and yellow blooms and a more compact growth habit. 'Dallas Red' will do wonderfully in zones 9-11.
Light: Be sure to plant your lantanas in full sun. They will soak it up!
Water: Although lantanas are drought tolerant, their outstanding performance will be affected if they are too dry for too long - I recommend a thorough watering once a week. Remember to avoid overhead watering which can make plants more susceptible to diseases and root rot.
Soil: Lantanas will thrive in soil with a pH from 6 to 7.8 (mildly acidic to mildly alkaline).
Use: Attractive to bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, lantana is one of our longest-standing favorite flowers.
Extras: A light clipping of tip growth will encourage repeat blooming - taking a fourth of the growth every once and again will help the plant flush. If you lightly fertilize newly cut back plants, they will return to bloom quickly.
If you live in an area where lantanas are perennial, cut back hard in the early spring to remove old growth and prevent woodiness, to about 6 to 12 inches from ground level. DO NOT hard prune in the fall - this can cause reduced cold hardiness.
We absolutely love Dallas Red Lantanas. Here in Zone 7, we plant them right after the threat of frost is over and enjoy them until frost returns. Depending on the year, that could mean up to 8 months of lovely, bright blooms. For those of you in 8 – 11, the sky is the limit. Lantanas as perennials.
This season, as soon as we can, our goal it to create some lovely Lantana Topiaries for our patio. Topiary is really just pruning and training a plant to grow in whatever shape you want – and Lantanas are a great choice as they grow quickly, they are easy to maintain in pots and flower like crazy in full sun.
Decide whether or not you want this in the landscape or the pot, and then go from there. In our case, we are using 14" planters that we'll under plant with low growing herbs for a nice contrast.
Plant the Lantana in the middle of you pot. Water well, and once the soil has settled, add more soil.
Prune (remove) any side shoots between the surface of your pot and 2 inches or so to encourage vertical growth. Stick the stake next to the lantana plant and fasten the two together with twist ties.
Place the pot in full sun, and let it grow. Make sure to continue to cut off any side growth and let the plant grow. You just want to encourage vertical growth.
When the lantana reaches 2 feet, cut off the very top of the main vertical stem. This will encourage the plant to branch and get bushy.
Continue to strip the bottom two-thirds of the plant stem of all its leaves. Trim the remaining leaves to create a nice round top for your topiary.
Turn the plant weekly to provide even sunlight. Fertilize every two months during active growth. And be sure to loosen the twist ties as the plant stem grows in diameter. Pinch off new growth regularly to keep the topiary full and round on top.