How To Care for the Lantana Lavender Trailing Plant


The Lantana lavender trailing plant is an evergreen perennial that grows 6 to 12 inches in height. It blooms all year. The blooms range in color from violet to lavender. The foliage is very dark-almost black. In some people, the plant may cause skin irritation or even an allergic reaction. While caring for the plant, the gardener should wear gloves if he notices a rash or red spots on his skin.

Step 1

Choose the location for the Lantana lavender trailing plant. If not grown inside, you should pick a spot that has partial sun to sun (four to six hours of full sun). If you live in USDA Hardiness Zones 8 through 11, the Lantana will thrive outside. It may be grown as an annual in other areas.

Step 2

Test the soil. Purchase a soil testing kit at a local big-box home and garden store. Follow the instructions on the box for the particular brand you purchase to see if the soil pH is between 6.1 and 7.8, and to make sure that the soil has all needed nutrients.

Step 3

Dig a planting hole twice the width of the root ball and as deep as the root ball. If the soil is missing nutrients or the pH was not in range, amend the soil with compost and/or a nutrient-based fertilizer (if the soil is deficient in phosphorus, use a phosphorus-based fertilizer). Divide the soil removed from the planting hole in half. Amend half with your chosen compost or fertilizer, then mix the two piles of soil together.

Step 4

Set the Lantana in the planting hole and backfill with soil. Water with at least an inch of water. Water the Lantana once weekly with at least an inch of water. Always water deeply-this encourages root growth and a healthy plant. Shallow watering encourages shallow roots. The shallow root system creates a weak plant that is prone to fungus, viruses and pests.

Step 5

Fertilize the Lantana ever 12 to 14 days with water soluble fertilizer or as otherwise directed on the brand of fertilizer you purchase.

Things You'll Need

  • Spade
  • Compost, if needed
  • Fertilizer


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