Uses – Lantana essential oil is known to be calming and helps relieve daily tension and promote sleep. It is also known for its soothing properties.
Here are some growing tips:
Location – Warm and sunny
Temperature – optimal between 22 and 27°C (75 to 81°F)
Soil – Rich, well-drained, neutral PH. Limestone soil may also be suitable for the plant.
Propagation – starting from cutting is really easy. In the late winter, take the cutting from a last season growth. Cut 8cm (3inches) from the stem. If the stem has leaves remove them. Only keep one or 2 leaves in the top. Put in a flowerpot soil with perlite and peat moss. To transplant in the ground: dig a hole 3 times the size of the lantana ball, pour a layer of clay or gravel, install the root ball being careful not to bury the root ball too much, fill the hole with lightened and enriched soil and water generously.
Watering – The first year, better regular watering to help building the roots. After this, check the foliage: when it is tilt slightly toward the ground it is time for watering. As it is a shrub that resists drought and pollution well, it is no longer necessary to water it regularly when ripe. During winter periods, the soil should remain almost dry.
Fertilizer – You can fertilize the soil with an organic fertilizer twice a month.
Pruning – It can be a natural shape or direct it on a stem from a young plant. Pruning takes place in winter. Cut short with 1 or 2 eyes each branch of the lantana. Plants in the greenhouse require severe pruning in October. In summer, remove the faded flowers as you go along to stimulate the appearance of new flowers.
Pests and diseases – Lantana tree can be attacked, in the greenhouse, by aphids, white flies, red spiders and mites. Excess moisture in winter causes the plant to rot.