12/06/19 - so, this is quite frankly a miracle! I left my 3 year old Lantana (which has had prime spot on my front porch for the last few years) in the polytunnel with the intention of chopping it up and getting rid as it has got extremely woody and didn’t do very well last year. My soft tip cuttings last autumn didn’t take, and i thought sod it I’ll just get a new one. This has had no heat, and been exposed to minus 5 in the poly, yet somehow it’s decided to resprout 😳😳😳
Not that I’m complaining, it’s just defied all the rules from what I had understood. And cause I was too lazy to chop it up pre Christmas I think I’ve actually inadvertently given it another chance to live. Potentially, I wonder as it was very woody (I mean this has never been cut back and had been in my hallway previous two winters 😂) that the thick mature ripened wood was enough to keep it alive in the poly. I didn’t even water it! And obviously harder for frost to get to it too.
#lantana #bigsage #lantana-camara #whenplantsdefytherules #lantanacamara - there is definitely parts that were thin and have died back, but most of the older wood is alive 😊 so I’m definitely going to now try again with either soft tip or semi-ripe cuttings to get loads of backups 👍🏼
It's truly the coolest thing about gardening !! I can't tell you through the years, how many plants I thought needed to be put in the trash.....but, sure enough they always recover. We never give up and neither do the plants. 😀😎
Thanks, I think it is 😊😂 @cyndi That’s interesting Cyndi, I always thought these would struggle in our winters and I read somewhere that they don’t like temps below 10degrees Celsius - do you get frosts in your area? they sound a little more tougher than I had initially thought.
Time for my two Lantana camara bushes (one out of shot) to come out of hibernation. The nights are warm enough now. It's been in a shady spot for about 2-3 weeks to harden off, although the foliage still scorched heavily (turning silver brown). I'm not worried though as it's done this the last two years. They are in their third year now. All trimmed back and now just to wait for regrowth #lantana #lantanacamara #lantana-camara
Moving indoors, another #wintercheck - my Lantana pots from my front porch are currently residing in my undecorated lounge - it’s probably the last year I’ll be able to store these here as I’m would really hope I would have finished the decorating by the end of this year! Lantana needs to be kept usually above 10 degrees centigrade, hence why they are inside. Too cold for the shed. I give them a light water just once a month.
The radiator is off in this room for now, to avoid providing too much winter heat while these remain dormant and cool. The heat from the rest of the house manages to make it to the room and keep it around 10-12 at night, and the sun from the day takes it up to about 15-16 #overwinter-lantana #lantanacamara #lantana-camara
Be careful of spider mite infestation whilst they are indoor Rich as mine have been infested this year. Keep a good eye on them and mist the leaves once in a while to keep them at bay if you spot any.👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
Thanks Becks - good advice! I think I may have had a little of that last year and didn’t realise. They seem fine at the moment, no signs of any webbing this year, but will go give them a light misting now I think just to be safe 👍🏼😊 @mrsflowerpot
Now they look like this - covered in blooms and buds. It loves this spot - full sun all day, and little run as it's on the porch step under shelter. I just have to remember to water it at least once a week/10days (depending how hot it's been) as it doesn't really get the rain in this spot. #lantana #lantanacamara #advice-lantana #lantana-camara
They do Pearl! I don't think they grow quite as vigorous in our climate as in other places but it's still puts on some growth in one year. These will usually be twice the size by October/November @fuschia
Back in May, I finally brought out my Lantana shrubs from hiding - they had spent all winter in the hallway in these pots! 😳 they don't generally like temps below 10degrees centigrade and the house was the only viable option..... they looked a bit bare but importantly they were still alive #lantana #lantanacamara #advice-lantana #lantana-camara
Love the variety in the flower colours. Although as it's getting cooler I've noticed more reds than yellows and oranges. Foliage is also turning a bronze colour. Very temp sensitive plant. They have grown quite well over the last couple of months, it seems a shame to lose them so will try overwintering as per my earlier post. If it doesn't work, I'll have to get new ones! 😉
Almost time to try putting my Lantana to bed - never tried overwintering this one but having read various bits of advice on GT and web I think I will repot into a smaller pot, and cut back (fingers crossed!). I think the idea is to keep them in cool room around 8-10 degrees, but not any colder, and force them into a mini hibernation stage. Light not so important apparently, more temperature 🙈😳
Rich might be worth bringing them into a cool room overnight then put outside during the day for a couple of weeks. A sort of hardening off in reverse to ease the transition. Good luck though @richard.spicer.7906 👌🏻
My lantana was flowering about a month ago but was cut short as I think it was too cold & wet outside I took it back into the greenhouse when the foliage started to go purplish because of the cold. It's OK but not doing great. Will have a look at it today. This one looks great 👌🏻
It's a new day, a new week and trying to get myself organised 😊. I planted these Lantana as standards about 8 weeks ago, and they have come on really well in this warm weather. The front of the house gets really warm and suits the plants natural conditions in the wild. Soil should be kept moist but well drained (add lots of grit), and I've used a soil based mix rather than compost, which I've found retains water much better. Very tender, so I'm growing only as an annual rather than perennial.