Lantana Production Tips

Lantana 'Bandana Cherry Sunrise' from Syngenta Flowers


Rooting time: Lantanas should be stuck immediately upon arrival and should not be stored. If cuttings need to be stored, only store them overnight and not below 48°F. Lantanas are slow to moderate rooters and generally need five weeks of rooting time. A 1,000 parts per million (ppm) IBA hormone dip to the bottom of the stem can help to promote rooting.

Misting: Lantanas need consistent misting in low volumes until roots start to form. Group lantanas with other slow-rooting species and don’t stop misting until the cuttings begin to root. They need plenty of heat during propagation (bottom heat ideally at or above 72°F). To avoid Botrytis, apply preventative fungicide sprays of Daconil ULTREX, alternated with Palladium (4 to 6 ounces/100 gallons), Heritage (4 ounces/100 gallons), Chipco 26019 or Decree (1 pound/100 gallons) after sticking and seven to nine days later.

Growth regulators: On vigorous varieties, sprays of Sumagic at 5 ppm or a tank mix of B-Nine at 2,500 ppm and Cycocel at 1,000 ppm are effective. Lantana ‘Bandana Pink’ and Lantana ‘Bandana Trailing Gold’ are more vigorous than the other Bandana varieties.


Fertilizer: Lantanas are moderate feeders and will develop pale, yellowish foliage if underfed. They grow best at 200 to 250 ppm nitrogen using a blend of Cal-Mag (i.e. 15-5-15, 14-4-14, etc.) and ammonium-containing (i.e. 20-10-20, 15-15-15, etc.) fertilizers.

Media: 2 to 2.2 mS/cm EC in a saturated media extract (SME), pH: 5.6 to 6.2. Use a peat-based media such as Fafard 2 Mix or 1P Mix, or a bark-based media such as Fafard 4P Mix or 3B Mix.

Light and temperature: Lantanas grow best under high light (5,000 to 7,000 footcandles) and warm temperatures (70°F to 80°F day and 65°F to 70°F night) throughout production. Avoid cold and wet growing conditions, especially during dark and cloudy weather, which can cause fungal root rot, slow growth and/or small flowers.

Pinching: In general, lantanas need to be pinched several times to achieve a mounded plant. However, since the Bandana and Bandito series from Syngenta Flowers are bred for increased branching and a mounded habit, they require only one pinch.

Growth regulators: Sprays of Bonzi at 20 to 30 ppm, Sumagic at 10 to 20 ppm, or a tank mix of B-Nine at 2,500 ppm and Cycocel at 1,000 ppm work well. They will help keep plants toned, especially under tight spacing or low light levels, but will delay flowering. Bonzi drenches at 2 to 3 ppm at three to five weeks before sale work very well to control growth with no flower delay. Florel at 350 ppm improves branching and provides growth control but significantly delays flowering. Florel is not recommended on the Bandana series with the exception of Lantana ‘Bandana Trailing Gold.’

Insects: Aphid, Whitefly, Leafminer. Scout plants regularly and use appropriate chemical control materials such as Flagship, Citation and Avid integrated with biological products. Whitefly is often a common pest on lantanas.

Diseases: Lantanas are generally at low risk for disease, but can develop fungal root rot in overly saturated media, especially under dark and cloudy growing conditions. Subdue MAXX, Medallion and Heritage are effective products for managing common root diseases.

Lantana scheduling from rooted cuttings:

Container Weeks Plants per pot
4-inch 7 to 8 1
Quart 7 to 8 1
5-inch 8 to 9 1
6-inch 9 to 10 1
Gallon 11 to 12 1 to 2
10-inch basket 11 to 12 4
12-inch basket 11 to 12 5


Leave a Reply

More From Plant Culture...
PP&L CAST 2015 intros

April 22, 2015

6 Breeding Companies Serve Up New Varieties At Pacific Plug & Liner

Pacific Plug & Liner’s theme this year, Labyrinth, a conservatory of the world’s most captivating plants, was perfectly topped off (pun intended) with fascinators for the women and newsboy caps for the men. The PP&L team dressed their part to act out the gothic “conservatory of the world’s most captivating plants.” Truly, the displays looked like they practically popped out of a catalog, and the costumes were a nice touch. Retailers take heed, the fully merchandised displays at Pacific Plug & Liner are worthy of emulating. We’ll let the pictures tell the story of all the fabulous variety introductions presented at  Pacific Plug & Liner’s 2015 California Spring Trials, where Cultivaris, Cohen Nurseries, Histil Nurseries, Jaldety Nurseries, Southern Living/Sunset Collection and Pacific Plug & Liner all highlighted their 2016 introductions.  

Read More
Speedling 2015 CAST intros

April 22, 2015

Speedling Inc. Presents New Varieties From ABZ Seeds, Hem Genetics, Thompson & Morgan, Vista Farms & PSI

You name it, we saw it at Speedling's California Spring Trials location in San Juan Bautista, where five companies showed off their new introductions for 2016.

Read More
PittMoss on Shark Tank

April 22, 2015

PittMoss Wins On Shark Tank

Mont Handley, president and CEO of PittMoss, appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank on April 17 to try to get the “sharks” to invest in his peat moss alternative. Three investors from the TV show contributed $600,000 to PittMoss for a 35 percent stake in the company. Check out this clip from ABC’s website in which Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary and Robert Herjavec discuss getting on board with the product. PittMoss is an alternative to sphagnum peat moss, made up of a mix of proprietary additives and recycled paper rescued from landfill space. Handley founded the Pittsburgh-based company in 1994. What started as a small experiment grew into a full-fledged business with the help of funding provided by an EPA SBIR grant and Pittsburgh’s Idea Foundry. Today, PittMoss is available to commercial greenhouses and nurseries from Michigan to Maine to North Carolina, with plans to grow. To learn more, visit PittMoss’ website, or check it […]

Read More
Latest Stories
Bee on a Sedum

March 17, 2015

4 Key Pollinator Research Projects To Be Funded By Hort…

The Horticultural Research Institute will grant $125,000 in financial support for four key projects as part of the Horticultural Industry Bee & Pollinator Stewardship Initiative. The Initiative has three primary goals. First, to convene a task force to develop a bee and pollinator stewardship program, including creation of best management practices for plant production. Second, to identify and fund research that will help answer key science questions and fill gaps needed to design and refine the stewardship program. Third, to seek to positively position the horticultural community and its customers by collaborating with other compatible groups interested in augmenting pollinator habitat and protection.

Read More

March 11, 2015

Pollinator Initiative Promotes Bee-Friendly Talking Poi…

AmericanHort and the Society of American Florists are working tirelessly with the ornamental industry's Pollinator Stewardship Initiative on a number of new projects.

Read More

February 11, 2015

Infusion Technology Boosts Seed Performance, Study Sugg…

Seven-year-old wheat seed germination can increase by as much as 83 percent, according to a Vital Force Technology Study that looks at the effects of energy infusion technology on plant vitality.

Read More

February 3, 2015

American Floral Endowment Accepting Research Pre-Propos…

If you are pursuing a floriculture research project, now is the time to apply for funding through the American Floral Endowment. Research pre-proposal applications for 2015-2016 funding are due to AFE by June 1, 2015.

Read More

January 27, 2015

Marijuana’s Trajectory And Ascent To Horticultural Cr…

Marijuana growing is poised for change as growers and researchers focus on improving production practices.

Read More

December 9, 2014

Greenhouse Production: Two Years Of Basics & Beyond…

Greenhouse Grower's Basics & Beyond articles cover some of the latest news and research going on in greenhouse production. Here are article links for the last two years.

Read More
GrowIt! App Wins Gold At Design100 2014 US Mobile & App Design Awards

November 24, 2014

GrowIt! App Wins Gold At Design100 2014 US Mobile &…

The social garden app GrowIt! takes the Gold Winner award at the design100 2014 Mobile & App Design Awards.

Read More

November 10, 2014

The Perennial Farm Joins HGTV HOME Plant Collection

The Perennial Farm joins the HGTV HOME Plant Collection growers' network for 2015.

Read More

November 4, 2014

AmericanHort Publishes Revised American Standard For Nu…

AmericanHort announces the revised American Standard for Nursery Stock (ANSI Z60.1) is now available for industry use. The Standard reflects the consensus of the industry regarding how nursery stock — living plants other than annuals — should be specified and sold within the trade.

Read More

September 26, 2014

Master The Art Of Watering

Watering is elemental to healthy plants, but one of the hardest concepts for new employees to master in the greenhouse. Recommend these tips to start them off right.

Read More

September 16, 2014

Ball FloraPlant’s Las Limas Facility Provides Gro…

Ball FloraPlant’s Las Limas farm in Esteli, Nicaragua, is one year away from full production, but sales and quality from the two-year-old facility are right on track.

Read More
Erysimum 'Cheers' from Darwin Perennials

September 15, 2014

Darwin Perennials Takes Production Offshore In Bogota, …

With its recent purchase of a farm in Colombia, Darwin Perennials is ready to amp up supply of its perennial genetics, to provide growers with tried-and-true varieties and comprehensive production specifications.

Read More

July 23, 2014

Plan Now To Prevent Bract Edge Burn On Poinsettias

Reduce fertilizer and water, and allow your poinsettias to develop slowly during the final four weeks of production to avoid bract edge burn.

Read More

July 11, 2014

Growing Your Crops Above Their Base Temperature

Lowering temperature set points in the greenhouse may help you combat rising heating costs.

Read More

May 1, 2014

Growers Report Nutritional Problems On Geraniums

In recent weeks, several growers have contacted Michigan State University Specialists about leaf discoloration on geraniums, especially the purpling of lower leaves.

Read More

April 22, 2014

How Two Postharvest Care Products Worked On Potted Plan…

What your potted plants look like at retail translates to sales or fails. North Carolina State University researchers report on how two postharvest care products performed.

Read More
Dianthus 'Passion' from Emerald Coast Growers

March 27, 2014

Growing Dianthus Successfully

Here's some advice on transplanting and producing this classic perennial favorite.

Read More
Aquilegia canadensis

March 10, 2014

Tips For Producing Aquilegia

Advice on planting, temperature, vernalization, lighting and more on columbine from Emerald Coast Growers' head grower Josiah Raymer.

Read More