How & When to Prune a Teenie Geenie Lantana Plant

Overview

The Teenie Geenie lantana plant is one of 150 species of tropical perennial flowering plants. It's native to the hottest climates in the Americas such as the coastal regions of Georgia and Florida, where it grows as a perennial. In more temperate climates, you can grow teenie geenie plants as annuals. Lantanas are popular because of their gorgeous, bright blooms. Prune a teenie geenie lantana plant annually in the spring. Maintenance trimming can be done in the summer if you notice the need.

Step 1

Prune teenie geenie in the early spring so you don't disrupt the growth of new buds and foliage. Perform some upkeep in the summer if you need to control growth.

Step 2

Avoid doing any major pruning in the fall because you will make the plant more susceptible to winter injury. It needs the autumn to build up its resistance to cold weather.

Step 3

Cut off old growth and prevent the plant from becoming too woody in appearance. Cut it down to 6 to 12 inches from the ground. Do this only in the spring, not the fall.

Step 4

Snip off 1 to 3 inches from the tips of each stem of the lantana plant. New growth will develop right next to the cut line, creating a bushier appearance.

Step 5

Remove dead, diseased and weak stems. Cut them where they meet healthy wood. Avoid cutting the main stem of the plant.

Step 6

Control lantana plants that are getting too large for their space by cutting off 1/3 of the plant's height and width.

Step 7

Lightly shear the teenie geenie lantana plant during the summer. Cutting off just the ends will stimulate repeat blooming.

Step 8

Fertilize the plant after you have trimmed it. Apply an all-purpose food with a nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium ratio of 4-6-2. Water the lantana, too, to help it bounce back and return to bloom quickly.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not use dull shears when pruning teenie geenie lantana plants because they can cause the stems to split.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves
  • Pruning shears

References

  • University of Wisconsin-Madison: Lantana
  • Flowers Growing: Lantana
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