Lantana can be propagated, indistinctly, by seed or planted through cuttings. This last method is used when we want to obtain identical characteristics to the mother plant, with the same genetic load, the same bush bearing an identical coloration in its flowers. With seeds, mostly hybrids, the future seedling may get the genes of one of the hybridized plants and we may not get the desired result, either by the type of bush, leaf, or flower coloration. In short, it may not be what we were looking for. Learn all about how to propagate lantana in this guide.
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How to Propagate Lantana by Seeds
Propagate Lantana from seed is quite simple:
Its seeds are sown in late winter, early spring, once the danger of frost has passed.
Use a substrate based on peat or compost and sand.
They should be kept at a stable temperature, between 59/68°F (15/20°C).
How to Propagate Lantana by Cuttings
Propagating Lantana and creating new seedlings from cuttings is much easier and faster to obtain.
How to plant Lantana cuttings
1- They are prepared in late summer, early autumn after the flowering period is over.
2- Prepare a substrate based on peat or compost and perlite.
3- Choose tender or semi-woody branches.
4- Cut off cuttings about 6″ to 8″ long.
5- Each cutting should contain at least 4 or 5 buds.
6- Remove the lower leaves to stimulate root growth.
7- Remove the larger upper leaves to prevent the plant from wasting energy in maintaining them and thus develop the rest of the shoots.
8- Make a hole in the substrate to bury each cutting separately.
9- When burying in the substrate, make sure that at least one sprout remains below, which is where the roots will come from.
10- Place a transparent cover to maintain a stable temperature and humidity.
11- Water twice a week.
12- Once they develop new leaves, repot.
To accelerate the rooting process using homemade rooting agent.
When to Repot Lantana
It should be repotted for a larger pot every two years, once it has finished flowering, before the beginning of spring.
How to Repot Lantana
Remove all the soil from the old container and repot with a light, loose substrate.
Remember to repot early in the morning or at sunset to avoid transplanting stress.
Pests and Diseases
We must be attentive to whiteflies by observing the underside of the leaves. This pest can end up causing the death of the lantana. Spray the plant with soapy water with emphasis on the underside of the leaves.
Mites can also appear if the atmosphere is very dry. Use an acaricide.