Can you split lantana?

Answered by James Kissner

It is possible to split or divide Lantana plants. In fact, dividing Lantana is a common practice among gardeners to propagate and rejuvenate these beautiful flowering perennials.

To split Lantana, it is best to do so in either early spring or fall. These seasons provide the ideal conditions for the plants to establish and recover from the division. Dividing Lantana in summer can be more challenging due to the extreme heat and lack of soil moisture, which can put additional stress on the plants.

To begin the division process, start by carefully digging up the entire Lantana plant from the ground, making sure to disturb the roots as little as possible. Once you have the plant out of the ground, gently shake off any excess soil to expose the root system.

Next, carefully examine the root system of the Lantana plant. Look for areas where the roots have naturally separated or can be easily divided. You may also notice sections of the plant where new shoots or growth points are emerging, indicating potential division points.

Using a sharp and clean garden knife or shears, carefully cut through the root system to divide the Lantana plant into smaller sections. It is important to ensure that each divided section has a healthy amount of roots and shoots. Avoid cutting through large, thick roots, as they are vital for the plant’s stability and overall health.

Once the Lantana plant has been divided, it is time to replant the sections. Prepare the planting area by loosening the soil and incorporating organic matter to improve drainage and fertility. Dig a hole for each divided section, making sure it is deep and wide enough to accommodate the roots without bending or crowding them.

Place the divided Lantana sections into the prepared holes, making sure they are positioned at the same depth as they were originally planted. Backfill the holes with soil, gently firming it around the roots to eliminate air pockets. Water the newly divided Lantana plants thoroughly to help settle the soil and provide moisture for their establishment.

After dividing Lantana, it is important to monitor the plants closely for the first few weeks. Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged, as excessive moisture can lead to root rot. Provide the Lantana plants with adequate sunlight, as they are sun-loving perennials.

With proper care and attention, the divided Lantana plants should quickly establish themselves and resume their growth. It is normal for the plants to experience some transplant shock initially, but they should recover and thrive with time.

Lantana can be split or divided to propagate and rejuvenate the plants. Dividing is best done in early spring or fall, avoiding the extreme heat and lack of soil moisture in summer. Carefully dig up the Lantana plant, examine the root system, and divide it into smaller sections with sharp and clean tools. Replant the divided sections in a prepared area, ensuring proper depth and soil contact. Monitor the plants closely and provide them with adequate care to promote successful establishment and growth.