Lantana Plant Care:
The lantana plant is one of the most popular houseplants in the world. They are native to South America and grow well indoors or outdoors.
These plants have long been used for their evergreen leaves which make them ideal for indoor decorating purposes. The flowers are small and white with pink centers. The petals have a slight sheen when viewed from above. The lantana plant is drought tolerant and tolerates low light conditions. They do not like direct sunlight either. They prefer bright indirect lighting (shade) but will tolerate some shade if kept dry and protected from extreme heat. Lantanas are cold hardy so they can survive temperatures down to -10°F (-24°C).
The lantana plant thrives in cool climates such as those found in the northern parts of North America. They are also adaptable to hot weather conditions.
Some species can withstand temperatures up to 110°F (43°C). If you live outside these areas, then your chances of growing lantanas indoors may be limited due to their cold tolerance. However, if you want to keep them indoors year round, then there are several ways you can go about it.
Overwintering Lantana Plants
The first thing you can do is move your lantana outdoors during the summer then bring them back in during the winter. Make sure to keep them outdoors for at least 6 weeks before bringing them back inside.
This will aid their acclimation process and prevent them from suffering from transplant shock. You shouldn’t have any problems over wintering them this way.
If you need to keep them indoors all year (or if you’re impatient) then there are a few more things you can do to help them adjust. The first thing you should do is water your lantana regularly until the summer months are over.
Cut back on the watering and allow the soil to dry out more between waterings. This will get them used to dryer conditions and prepare them for winter.
Begin to cut back on the watering more once fall arrives. Stop all water intake around the last week of October so the soil is completely dry before the temperature gets below freezing.
This will get them used to dry conditions and they shouldn’t have any problems with it. Bring containers inside your home and place them in a bright area but not in direct sunlight. Keep them away from heating vents or radiators. The lantana should survive the winter in this condition.
The last thing you can do is the hardest for yourself. You can bring your lantana indoors and keep them alive all year round.
This will take a lot of extra work and commitment on your part but it can be done. If you choose to go this route, make sure you water your lantana regularly until the summer months are over.
Sources & references used in this article:
Bulbs in the Basement, Geraniums on the Windowsill: How to Grow & Overwinter 165 Tender Plants by A McGowan, B McGowan – 2012 – books.google.com
Tough-as-nails flowers for the South by N Winter – 2003 – books.google.com