Pruning Lantanas – How To Prune Lantana Plants
The best time to prune lantana plants is in early spring or late fall. If you want to keep your plant alive during winter months, then it’s better if you do not prune them at all. The reason why you don’t need to prune lantana plants when they are young is because their leaves will grow back quickly after being cut off. However, once the leaves start growing back, you have to wait until they get big enough before you can trim them. When they become large enough, it’s better to remove the old leaves and let new growth take over.
When pruning lantana plants, there are several things that you must consider:
How much foliage should I leave? What kind of shape should my tree look like? Should I leave only one side of my tree bare? Do I want to make my tree symmetrical or asymmetric? Which part of the trunk should I cut off first? Is it necessary to remove all the branches from my tree? Will removing them affect its appearance too much?
If you’re wondering which way to go with your decision, here are some tips:
1) You’ll have a hard time deciding whether you should leave just one side of your tree bare or leave both sides bare.
Doing one or the other will leave the tree looking too bare, and it might not look attractive to you.
2) Although it’ll make your decision easier, leaving one side bare and the other leafy won’t make your tree look attractive either.
You might end up with a rather odd-looking tree if you do this.
Instead of taking either of the two options above, why not try to come up with something of your own?
There’s no telling whether you’ll come up with an attractive design if you try to experiment a bit.
4) If you’re trying to make your tree look different from other people’s trees, then you should cut off all the branches and leave only the bare trunk. It may not be as popular as a leafy tree or one with one side bare, but it will definitely be distinctive.
You will also have to decide which part of the trunk you want to cut off first. There are five options: the lowest branch, the highest branch, one in the middle, a group of branches, or no branches. Here are some tips concerning your decision:
1) The lowest branch is probably the most common option.
If you choose this one, then you won’t have to climb a ladder or borrow a saw from your neighbor.
2) The highest branch is another option that requires no climbing.
If you don’t want to strain your back or if you’re unsure of your own safety abilities, then you should choose this option.
3) One in the middle is the option that requires you to do some climbing.
However, it’s probably the simplest of all five options and will allow you to reach the rest of the branches on your own lantana without having to use a ladder or saw.
4) A group of branches may look more appealing than a single one, but it’ll be more difficult to cut off since you’ll have to reach higher in order to cut them.
Not only will you have to climb your lantana, but you might also need someone to hold the ladder for you. If you or anyone else is uncomfortable with this idea, then you should not choose this option.
5) Finally, there’s the option of leaving your lantana completely branchless.
This will definitely give it a different appearance, but it might make it harder to climb. If you’re not worried about your own safety or the safety of anyone holding the ladder, then you should choose this option.
What will you do?
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