How to Plant Lantana From Cuttings

Overview

Lantana, also called shrub verbena, is a tropical evergreen hardy in USDA growing zones 8 through 11. The plant grows to a height of 6 feet and spread of 8 feet when left to grow naturally. Lantana shrubs produce branches that hold clusters of flowers called umbrels. Propagate the lantana plant by taking softwood cuttings from the non-flowering branches in early to mid-summer. Softwood cuttings root quickly, but are fragile and dry quickly when not cared for properly.

Step 1

Disinfect a sharp knife with isopropyl alcohol before using. Do not use a pruning clipper that will crush the stems.

Step 2

Cut a 3-inch stem section off a non-flowering branch with the sharp knife, performing this procedure in mid-summer from new growth areas. Place the cuttings in a wet paper towel inside a plastic bag to prevent the stems from drying.

Step 3

Mix equal quantities of peat moss, coarse sand and perlite to create a well-draining rooting medium. Moisten the medium with water and fill it into a rooting tray that has bottom drainage holes.

Step 4

Remove the leaves from the lower half of the Lantana stem with the knife. Dip the cut end of the stem into rooting hormone. Stick the Lantana stem 1 inch into the rooting medium. Space the cuttings in the tray so the leaves of each stem do not touch.

Step 5

Mist the Lantana cuttings and rooting medium with a spray bottle and water and cover the tray with a clear plastic bag. Place the tray in a warm location that receives filtered sunlight. Monitor the soil moisture so the cuttings do not dry out.

Step 6

Fertilize the cuttings once root growth appears. This will take two to three weeks. Apply 1/2 dose of a water-soluble fertilizer every two weeks.

Step 7

Pinch off the tips of new growth by hand once it reaches a length of 2 to 3 inches. This will promote bushy growth in the plant.

Step 8

Transplant the Lantana cuttings into individual growing containers during the spring after propagation.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp knife
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Paper towel
  • Plastic bags
  • Water
  • Peat moss
  • Coarse sand
  • Perlite
  • Rooting tray
  • Rooting hormone
  • Water-soluble fertilizer
  • Spray bottle
  • Growing containers

References

  • North Caroline State University: Plant Propagation with Stem Cuttings
  • Gardeners Supply Plant Care & Gardening: Propagating Lantana
  • Floridata: Lantana
Keywords: propagate lantana, propagate shrub verbena, lantana stem cuttings

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Jennifer Loucks has over 10 years of experience as a former technical writer for a software development company in Wisconsin. Her writing experience includes creating software documentation and help documents for clients and staff along with training curriculum. Loucks holds a Bachelor of Science major from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls specializing in animal science and business.