Lantana is a tough plant that thrives in bright sunlight, drought, and punishing heat. Don’t let the toughness fool you though, as lantana, available in a wide range of bright colors, is extremely beautiful and highly attractive to butterflies. This tropical plant is perennial for growing in USDA plant hardiness zones 8 and above but is widely grown as an annual in cooler climates. It works well in borders and flower beds, and smaller varieties look great in containers. Lantana thrives without a lot of attention, and when it comes to fertilizing lantana plants, less is definitely more. Read on to learn about feeding lantana plants.
Should I Fertilize Lantana?
Should I fertilize lantana? Not necessarily. Fertilizer really isn’t a requirement unless your soil is poor. In this case, lantana benefits from light fertilization in early spring. The exception is lantana grown in containers, as plants in containers aren’t able to draw nutrients from the surrounding soil.
Fertilizing Lantana Plants in Garden
Feed in-ground lantana plants in early spring, using a dry fertilizer. Lantana isn’t picky but, in general, the best fertilizer for lantanas is a good quality, balanced fertilizer with a NPK ratio such as 10-10-10 or 20-20-20.
Feeding Lantana Plants in Containers
Lantana plant in containers need regular fertilization, as any nutrients in the potting mix are quickly depleted. Apply a slow-release fertilizer in spring, then supplement with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every two to four weeks.
Tips on Fertilizing Lantana Plants
Don’t overfertilize lantana. Although fertilizer may create a lush, green plant, the lantana is likely to be weak and will produce very few blooms. Always water deeply after fertilizing. Watering distributes fertilizer evenly around the roots and prevents scorching. A thin layer of mulch around the base of the plant keeps the roots cool and helps replenish soil nutrients. Replenish the mulch as it deteriorates.
Gardening tips, videos, info and more delivered right to your inbox!
Sign up for the Gardening Know How newsletter today and receive a free download of our most popular eBook "How to Grow Delicious Tomatoes."
A Credentialed Garden Writer, Mary H. Dyer was with Gardening Know How in the very beginning, publishing articles as early as 2007.
15 Garden Trends To Avoid in 2024: Experts Warn Against These Outdated Designs
Garden trends come and go. We asked gardening experts to share the outdated trends that should be retired – and what you can do instead.
By Melanie Griffiths Last updated
How To Overwinter Ollas For Years Of Use: Get More From Irrigation Pots
If you overwinter ollas properly, you'll keep these unique watering pots from cracking. Here's how to protect them in erratic winter temperatures so they last longer.
By Mary Ellen Ellis Published
Growing Lantana Indoors For The Winter
Can I bring Lantana inside for the winter? Well, click here to find out.
By Tonya Barnett Published
Repotting Lantanas: When And How To Repot Lantana Plants
Lantana is ideal for growing in containers or ornamental raised flower beds. With proper care, gardeners can enjoy the small showy flowers for many years to come. In doing so, learning how to repot lantana will be important. This article will help with that.
By Tonya Barnett Last updated
Controlling Lantana Weeds: Stopping Lantana Spread In The Garden
In some gardens, Lantana camara is a pretty, flowering plant that adds delicate, colorful blooms to flower beds. In other areas, though, this plant can be more of a pest. Find out ways for controlling lantana weeds in your yard by clicking this article.
By Mary Ellen Ellis Last updated
Can You Transplant Lantanas: Tips For Moving A Lantana Plant
If you have a lantana that is struggling in its current location or has outgrown its space and is not playing nice with other plants, you may be searching for some tips on how to transplant lantana. This article will help get you started with that.
By Darcy Larum Last updated
Color Changing Lantana Flowers – Why Do Lantana Flowers Change Color
Since a lantana flower cluster has flowers of multiple ages, it will often display different colors in the center and on the edges. You can observe lantana flowers changing color in your garden as the season advances. Learn other reasons for color changing in this plant here.
By Ilana Goldowitz Jimenez Last updated
Lantana Watering Needs – Tips On Watering Lantana Plants
Lantana can tolerate drought once established but the best development and flowering results from consistent watering. How much water do lantana plants need? We will discuss when to water lantanas for best growth and flower production in this article.
By Bonnie L. Grant Last updated
Lantana Leaf Yellowing – Treating Yellow Leaves On Lantana Plants
Gardeners love lantana because of its brightly colored blossoms that attract butterflies and bloom from spring to frost. If you see your lantana plant turning yellow, it could be nothing or something serious. Click this article for more information.
By Teo Spengler Last updated
Lantana Groundcover Plants: Tips On Using Lantana As A Groundcover
Most lantana plants reach heights of 3 to 5 feet (1 to 1.5 m.), so lantana as a ground cover doesn't sound very practical - or does it? If you live in USDA plant hardiness zone 9 or above, trailing lantana plants make wonderful year-round ground covers. Click here to learn more.
By Mary H. Dyer Last updated