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cutting back a lantana

Post  kevin stoeveken on Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:30 am

generally speaking, how hard can a lantana be cut back ?
and the best time to do it ?

i have one with a great base but it is all legs,,,
loooong legs.

reckon i can give her the old trunk chop and start over ?


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Re: cutting back a lantana

Post  JB80 on Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:11 am

This Autumn just gone we had workers in and they managed to completely trample 3 young Lantana we had, 2 of them snapped right down at ground level and it didn't look good but now all 3 of them have bounced back better than ever.
Pretty sure they can take a big chop and get on with things.

If it was me I would wait for late spring/early summer to make such a chop but like I say ours have grown all through winter anyway.

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Post  my nellie on Wed Feb 08, 2017 10:31 am

These are known to be like pests Very Happy
Kevin, over here in our country last autumn (early October if I'm not mistaken), I had severely chopped down a lantana along with the relative root pruning. After a while it was sprouting from everywhere.
I would say that early spring will be ok for your interventions. However I am not aware of your specific climate conditions...

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Post  kevin stoeveken on Wed Feb 08, 2017 12:59 pm

alexandra and jb - thanks and thats all i need to hear !!!

come spring it gets the:



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Post  Lost2301 on Tue Feb 14, 2017 8:16 pm

I developed my Lantana branches by letting they grow all summer and winter. Then cut them back in spring before placing them outside. They do get rather long by spring, but it does not hurt them. This of course does not apply if you intend to show the tree.

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Post  kevin stoeveken on Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:28 pm

thanks mike... yeah, no... i dont imagine ever wanting to stick a lantana in "the contest" Razz

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Post  Lost2301 on Tue Feb 14, 2017 11:22 pm

I am trying to keep my Lantana blooming so I can show it in our show this year. I normally let it grow out during the winter. I keep cutting it back this year, so far so good. 2 more months I can move it outside during the day. Its blooming inside under the light, I keep cutting the blooms off.

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Post  kevin stoeveken on Thu Feb 16, 2017 12:50 pm

Lost2301 wrote:I am trying to keep my Lantana blooming so I can show it in our show this year. Its blooming inside under the light, I keep cutting the blooms off.

scratch sorry but i find those 2 statements confusing... Confused

curious about your strategy with these...

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Post  Lost2301 on Thu Feb 16, 2017 7:21 pm

kevin stoeveken wrote:
Lost2301 wrote:I am trying to keep my Lantana blooming so I can show it in our show this year. Its blooming inside under the light, I keep cutting the blooms off.

scratch sorry but i find those 2 statements confusing... Confused

curious about your strategy with these...  

I guess that is rather confusing. In the past I would cut off all the flower buds and just let it grow all winter. Building larger branches, when I got the tree it had very thin branches which did not match the girth of the trunk at all. 9 years latter the branches are size appropriate. I would chop it back in the spring and it would take months before it would start to bloom again, usually way to late for a show. So in the this case I am not letting it get leggy this winter and just keep the blooms off and cutting it back before it starts to get to leggy. So far so good, nice and compact w/flowers. Now if the show was next week it would be allowed to flower and would be looking great. So yes I am trying to keep it blooming, but I still cut them off, no sense wasting all the energy on the blooms. For some reason it would just take a long time to get it blooming again after chopping it back. It gets fertilized once a week with an orchid fertilizer. It is a large tree and sits on a cinder block under the fluorescent light to keep the leaves small.

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Post  kevin stoeveken on Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:58 pm

thanks mike... much clearer !!!
and it sounds like a good strategy i may adopt...

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Post  Lost2301 on Fri Feb 17, 2017 9:10 pm

Another interesting tidbit of information. I was using a purple powder for yellowing of the leaves (not enough iron) and would mix up a batch when I would water. Well I watered everything with the stuff whether they needed it or not. I followed the directions to the T, but my Lantana and another tree were being stained and the trunk turned purple up to the water line. I use the dunk method when watering, dunk the tree into a bucket of water/fert. etc. I thought my Lantana was dying as the bark started to come off the tree every where there was a purple stain, all the way around the tree. Well it did not die but it sure was ugly looking. I did finally take a soft tooth brush to it and made it look better. The bark was just coming off it with the tooth brush. Now you would never know. I switched over to a product sold by Home Deport in a gallon jug, no problem with dying of the trunk either.

Just a warning do not use purple powdered Iron Chloris products on Lantana.

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