Tips and Tricks for Successfully Growing Lantana in Pots


Lantana is a beautiful flowering plant that is somewhat easy to grow, making it a popular choice for gardeners. Whether you have a sunny garden or want to display plants on your balcony or patio, lantana is a great option for planting in pots. With its vibrant colors and continuous blooming, it can add a touch of beauty to any space.

One of the reasons lantana is so popular is because it grows well in containers. It can be planted in pots or hanging baskets, allowing you to create a beautiful display of flowers wherever you choose. Lantana comes in different varieties, including tall shrubs and trailing types, so you can choose the one that suits your space and preferences.

When planting lantana in pots, it’s important to choose a suitable potting mix. A well-draining soil with organic matter is recommended to ensure proper growth. Lantana plants can be somewhat fast-growing, so it’s important to provide adequate space for the roots to grow. A pot that is at least 4 inches deep should be sufficient for most lantana varieties.

Lantana is known for its ability to attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds, making it a great addition to any garden. The bright colors and sweet nectar of lantana flowers are particularly appealing to these insects and birds. To create a stunning combination, you can also combine lantana with other flowering plants such as calibrachoa, canna, or nemesia.

Like any plant, lantana requires some care and attention to grow and thrive. It’s important to water the plant regularly, keeping the soil moist but not overly wet. Lantana is also susceptible to certain pests and diseases, such as aphids and powdery mildew, so it’s important to keep an eye out for any signs of infestation. Regular pruning can help promote branching and blooming, and it’s recommended to prune lantana once every year or two.

If you live in regions that experience frost or extreme cold, it’s best to bring your potted lantana indoors during the winter months. Lantana is not frost-tolerant, and exposing it to freezing temperatures can cause damage to the plant. To keep your lantana healthy and blooming year after year, provide it with the necessary care and protection.

In conclusion, growing lantana in pots is a rewarding and beautiful experience. With its vibrant colors, attractive foliage, and ability to attract beneficial insects, lantana can create a stunning display in any garden or outdoor space. By following a few simple steps and providing the necessary cultural care, you can enjoy the beauty and benefits of lantana for years to come.


Q: How often should I water lantana plants in pots?

A: Lantana plants need regular watering, especially during hot and dry weather. Water them once a week or when the top inch of soil feels dry.

Q: Can lantana be planted in mass plantings or stand-alone containers?

A: Lantana can be planted in mass plantings to create a beautiful and colorful display. It also works well as a stand-alone container plant.

Q: What are some recipes for lantana pest control?

A: There are several organic pest control options for lantana, including neem oil spray, insecticidal soap, and homemade garlic or chili pepper sprays.

How To Grow Lantana

Growing Lantana in pots is a great way to add a little color to your garden or outdoor space. Lantana is a hardy perennial plant known for its vibrant flowers in a variety of shades like orange, pink, yellow, and more. While it does require some care, it is relatively easy to grow, making it a popular choice for both beginner and experienced gardeners.

Before planting your Lantana, choose a pot that is the right size for the plant. A 12-inch container is generally a good choice for a mature Lantana plant. It’s important that the pot has drainage holes to allow excess water to escape.

The next step is to prepare the potting soil. Lantana prefers well-draining soil, so you can mix equal parts of loamy soil and perlite or sand to create a suitable growing medium. This will ensure that the roots receive the right amount of water and oxygen.

Once you have prepared the soil, gently remove the Lantana plant from its nursery container and loosen the roots. Carefully place the plant in the center of the pot and fill it with the prepared soil. Press down lightly on the surface to secure the plant in place.

Lantana requires a good amount of sunlight to thrive, so choose a location outdoors where it will receive at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight every day. If you live in a warmer climate, make sure to provide some afternoon shade to prevent the plant from getting too hot.

Watering is an essential element of Lantana care. Water the plant thoroughly after planting, and then keep the soil slightly moist but not soggy. Overwatering can cause root rot, so it’s important to strike a balance. Additionally, Lantana is somewhat drought-tolerant, so you don’t need to water it as frequently as some other plants.

Lantana is a relatively low-maintenance plant, but it’s important to keep an eye out for any potential problems. One common issue is powdery mildew, which can be treated with a fungicide if necessary. Another potential problem is pests like aphids and spider mites, which can be controlled with insecticidal soap or other organic insecticides.

If you live in a colder climate, you might need to bring your potted Lantana indoors during the winter to protect it from freezing temperatures. Lantana is not frost-hardy, so it’s best to keep it in a well-ventilated room with plenty of natural light.

Propagation of Lantana can be done by taking softwood stem cuttings in the spring or by dividing mature plants. Both methods are relatively easy and can help you create more Lantana plants for your garden.

In conclusion, growing Lantana in pots is a great way to enjoy its colorful flowers and beautiful foliage. By following these minimal steps and providing the necessary care, you can have a thriving Lantana plant that adds a touch of beauty to any outdoor space.

If you have any further questions or problems regarding growing Lantana, check out our FAQ section below:

  • Do I need to prune Lantana every year? While pruning is not necessary, it can help manage the size and shape of the plant. Pruning in spring can promote bushier growth and more flowers.
  • What type of soil does Lantana prefer? Lantana prefers well-draining soil and grows best in loamy or sandy soils.
  • Does Lantana attract insects? Lantana flowers attract butterflies, bees, and other pollinators, making it a great addition to any garden.
  • Can I grow Lantana indoors? Lantana can be grown indoors as a potted plant, but it requires a lot of sunlight and proper air circulation.
  • Are all Lantana varieties toxic? Some Lantana varieties, like the Lantana camara, are considered toxic and should be kept away from children and pets.

How to Grow Lantana Flowers

Lantana flowers are a great choice for anyone looking to add some sunny color to their garden. They are easy to grow and require regular watering in well-draining soil. Lantanas can be grown in pots and containers, making them the ultimate stand-alone plant for your outdoor display.

To grow lantana flowers, start by filling a container with potting soil. Lantanas have a mounding habit, so make sure you choose a container that is deep enough to accommodate their growth. The Chapel Hill Yellow and Pinkberry varieties are winners in warmer climates. Container-grown lantanas require minimal watering, so you can try placing them in an area where you only need to water them sparingly.

Lantanas are tolerant of a wide range of soil types, but they prefer well-draining soils. If your soil tends to be heavy, try adding some sand or perlite to improve drainage. Lantanas are also great companions to other flowering plants, such as Morris Midget canna lilies. They can be planted directly in the ground or placed in containers with other flowers to create a colorful display.

To keep your lantana flowers healthy and blooming, it’s important to care for them properly. They are relatively disease-free, but it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for any signs of diseases. If you notice any powdery mildew on the leaves, remove the affected leaves immediately to prevent the spread of the disease. Lantanas are also attractive to insects, but they are generally not a major problem.

Lantanas are fast-growing perennials that thrive in full sun. They should be planted outdoors after the danger of frost has passed. Place them in a sunny location where they will receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight every day. Lantana flowers can tolerate heat well and are perfect for hotter climates.

When caring for lantana flowers, it’s important to provide them with the right amount of water. Water them once or twice a week, depending on the weather and soil conditions. Lantanas are drought-tolerant, so they don’t require constant watering. Be sure to water them deeply, so the roots receive enough moisture.

For fertilizers, you can use a water-soluble fertilizer every 2-3 weeks during the growing season to keep your lantanas healthy and blooming. Lantanas are low-maintenance plants and don’t require a lot of fertilizer. However, a balanced fertilizer with equal amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium is recommended.

Lantanas are a great addition to any garden or outdoor space. Their luscious yellow and pink flowers bring vibrant color and attract pollinators like butterflies and bees. Keep in mind that lantanas are poisonous to pets, so make sure to keep them out of reach. With the right care and combination of colorful varieties, you can enjoy the beauty of lantana flowers all season long.

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Dr Heidi Parkes

By Dr Heidi Parkes

Senior Information Extension Officer QLD Dept of Agriculture & Fisheries.