Lantana is a much-appreciated genus of tropical plant known for brightly colored, multifloret blooms as well as deep, almost blue-green foliage. Beyond their appearance, lantanas are prized in the landscape for their ability to attract butterflies, rapid growth and happy tolerance of hot temperatures that would wilt or kill other flowering plants. Lantanas are fertilized in two different and complementary ways, both before and after planting, to suit your situation.
Things You'll Need
- Rich, finished compost
- Complete fertilizer
Amend the soil in your lantana planting bed by tilling in a good 2- to 3-inch-thick blanket of rich, finished compost, before planting. This boosts soil fertility and acts as a gentle, natural fertilizer for the shrubs.
Choose a complete fertilizer to add to the soil around your established shrubs in the spring each year. Look for a product slightly high in nitrogen, with a guaranteed analysis of 12-4-8, 12-6-6, 16-4-8 or 18-6-12. Follow the product label’s dosing directions.
Cast the fertilizer over the soil surface surrounding your lantana plants, being careful to keep the granules away from the stems and off the plant foliage.
Water in the fertilizer granules well to saturate the soil and begin sending the nutrients down near the roots. Use a gentle stream of water to prevent displacement of the fertilizer.
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