---- wrote: Patrick, 85345
> Planted two gold, two firecracker Lantanas in Spring. Had a few blooms, but rarely any leaf growth. Set up on minimal drip in am daily. Now they appear totally fried. Moreover, Planted 10 small Lavender trailing Lantanas nearby. Those started out promising, blooming steadily till just recently. They now seem to be dying as well, especially the ones that are in full sun. I have a huge Eucalyptus tree on side of house, could that be the culprit? Or, could it be overwatering? I've varied with the watering, but getting nothing, just a slow demise. Is it possible for this plant to fry in the sun? Thanks for any suggestions.
It sounds as though your plants are watered too shallow or too frequently such that the roots may be drowning. Newly planted lantanas will need to be kept moist for the first few weeks until the roots have spread into the surrounding soil. Established lantanas are drought tolerant and performance and growth rate will be reduced if they are too dry for a long period. Give them a thorough watering as needed, soaking the root area down to 1-2 feet, then let the root area dry to about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. During the spring blooming period they might need a weekly interval or possibly twice per week as needed during the hot summer months. Lantanas are usually planted in full sun but new plants might benefit from afternoon shade the first year.
Olin Miller, Master Gardener Volunteer
Maricopa County AZ
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