Every time we take a trip to the hills, all I am fixated upon are the huge mounds of beautiful Lantana bushes. Pink, orange, red, yellow, bicolor – you name it, lantana’s got it! Hence naturally, I got back some cuttings from our recent trips, to grow in our garden. It is very easy to propagate and extremely low maintenance. It also grows pretty well in the plains like a perennial, producing clusters of florets that do really well as cut flowers.
The first batch of lantana cuttings looked like this. Since they had started drying by the time we were home, I just put them overnight in a jar of water to perk them up. This trick always works very well to revive most plant cuttings.
Next, they were simply planted in a semi-shaded spot and regular garden soil. Water them sparingly and regularly. I didn’t need to because the rain the job. It did too much of a job actually, since most of the cuttings rotted due to water logging in thus cutting tub (that reminds me to check the drainage hole).
I have 2-3 cutting tubs where I plant cuttings and bulbs before they are ready to be moved to their permanent home.
Anyhow, from the first batch, I managed to get one plant which is thriving and ready to go to a new pot.
Today, I’ve planted another batch of red & lemon yellow lantanas. I got these from my parents’ garden and put them in water overnight. This time, they got into a terracotta pot with proper drainage since rain is predicted again.
Now while they root, I’ll sit and dream of blooms!
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