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The color play of the Wandelröschens (Lantana) impresses again and again. The perennial is often kept annual, but its full splendor unfolds as a perennial container plant. In sunny, rain-protected places grow the bushy, heat-tolerant plants to large shrubs and decorate the balconies and terraces in different varieties with brightly colored flower balls that change their color in the flowering and blooming.
To keep the joy of the flowers as long as possible, a few care measures for the otherwise fairly modest Wandelröschens are necessary. As lanterns grow vigorously, their shoot tips should be pruned several times a summer. The clippings are good for cuttings that rooted very easily. To stimulate the flowering as long as possible, you should also cut off the berry-like fruits. Water the lavender in the summer abundantly, the root ball should never completely dry out. Susanne K. likes to forget casting - her plants forgive her anyway. However, lizards are sensitive to waterlogging. Excess water should be able to drain well. About every two weeks is fertilized liquid. The last application of fertilizer takes place at the end of August, so that the shoots mature well until winter.
The Lantana is a popular and welcome summer guest here. Mostly it is found as Hochstämmchen in strong orange and yellow. But the color palette also extends to delicate rosé and rich pink
Whether or not lavender flowers bloom rich depends not only on the site conditions but also on the weather. In cool weather it likes to take a break and does not bloom. Grit C. has made her experiences with that because her lantana has expelled, but not flowered. The lanterns of Bea Beatrix M. have been affected by the late frosts. After a new release Bea waited in vain for flowers.
In warm temperatures and good light conditions, lanterns can be easily multiplied by cuttings. The offshoots rooted quickly - in water glass or in damp soil
Tips for wintering lavender
Before the first frost, place the plants in a bright or dark, 5 to 15 degrees Celsius cool winter quarters. The lantas of Beate L. spend the winter in the light and some humidity in the laundry room. Well, the wintering seems to work well in a barely heated room. The small lantana trunk of Cornelia K. spends the winter months there and then blooms well again. Marion V. has had a good experience with a garage as winter quarters. The trunk of her ten-year-old, as Hochstämmchen pulled Wandelröschens is now as thick as an upper arm.
The Lantana can be hibernated in a cool, bright place
Heike M., on the other hand, has given up wintering. It takes her too long to bloom again. Every year Heike buys a new plant on the market. Our user "Wohlfühlfaktor" has a wish that we can understand: She would like to spend the winter in the Canary Islands, because there are - for example on Gomera - large and wonderfully fragrant lanterns in the wild. In Egypt, by the way, hedges of Lantana trees grow, which have to be cut every few weeks due to their vigorous growth. And in Hawaii, the plant is even considered a nuisance weed.
A pruning before wintering is usually only necessary if the plant has become too bulky for the quarter. In addition, it can always happen that over the winter one or the other shoot dries up. If the shoots are then cut back by at least half in spring, the new shoot is guaranteed flowering. Older specimens need every two to three years more root space and fresh soil. If the roots form a dense felt along the walls of the pot, it's time for a new pot. After repotting, it is best to leave the lantana in a sheltered, partially shaded place for one to two weeks. Important: wash your hands thoroughly after each contact with plants - lanterns are poisonous.