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Old 08-02-2008, 01:49 PM
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Lantana Seed Pods


Has anyone ever grown Lantana from the little black seed pods they make? Just wondering. I have some really pretty varieties that will be making pods soon. I have a deep gold color, purple, yellow & pink combo, red & yellow combo, & one that looks like a deep red velvet. It is called Dallas.
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Old 08-02-2008, 02:04 PM
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I would love to try this too. Planted several types of lantana, was curious about the seeds also.
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Old 08-02-2008, 02:07 PM
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I can testify that they WILL produce the birds have planted a few for me.
Lantana has become a prolific weed in some parts of the country,
so much so that the sterile (non-seed-producing) varieties are most sought-after.

What I can't answer for certain is if seeds from hybrid cultivars will grow true.

I think of it more as a berry than as a pod,
by that, I mean, plant it whole rather than drying it and hoping to find lots of little seeds inside.
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Old 08-02-2008, 02:34 PM
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Lantana


Thanks for the response! I will try planting some of the little clusters & see what comes up. Be interesting to see if it is like the hybrid or if it comes up as something different entirely. Part of what's fun about growing things. http://www.plantswap.net/forum/image...bananajump.gif
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Old 08-02-2008, 02:39 PM
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Always worth a try.
You can plant each individual little berry separately.
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Old 08-02-2008, 03:58 PM
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Zuzu do you think they would keep over winter til next spring? I wouldn't mind trying to plant them then.
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Old 08-02-2008, 04:34 PM
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First I'll say, I've never intentionally grown Lantana from seed,
so please take all of the following with a grain ( or a whole shakerful) of salt.

Also, if there was a praticular cultivar that I really wanted,
I'd take cuttings and propagate it that way, clones are a pretty sure thing,
seeds can be hit and miss, and it can be a couple of years before you even know if you got what you wanted.

But, with all of that said, IF I really wanted to save Lantana seed,
knowing that the birds are so successful with germination
I'd try to copy their method ... ... well, sort of.

I'd wash off the "meat" of the berry as this is (more or less) what would happen inside the bird,
and then I'd store the clean, dry seed in a cool, dark place until ready to plant.

When I was ready to plant (either now or later) I'd soak the clean seed for about 12 hours
starting out with hot water (from the tap) and letting it cool to room temperature,
again, this is to approximate the trip through bird gut.

Then I'd plant them quite shallow in a bright, warm location.

Hopefully, someone with personal experience with Lantana will chime in here,
and they may be able to give a much better method.
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Old 08-03-2008, 06:13 AM
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Great info, might give it a try, although I'm much better with plants then seeds.
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I live in zone 6 and


I bought 4 colors for my flowerbed. Will they come up next year? Mine said annual, I think. I will have to check that again to be sure. But I planted the black seeds anyway, hoping. I done it before with other seeds and it worked. But I haven't tried the Lantana before. They are so beautiful. I have a few pic's of mine in my album if you want to see them. Any help would be appreciated. Zuzu, you alway come thru on info anyone needs. I will copy your instructions on cleaning them so I can keep a few back to try in the spring. It makes sense on what you said about the birds.

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Old 08-03-2008, 07:51 AM
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I've planted those


b4 an it was hit an miss with germination. May have been something I did wrong. Your red one sounds like Dallas Red. Your yellow an pink could be Confetti, does it have a thorny like stems? This one is an heirloom that can reach 8x8 size by the end of the season if given room. I use to know most all the names but have forgotten them. The yellow comes in a spreading habit and an upright habit. There is also an orangey gold one. Lantanas are so easy to propagate, usually using no hormornes.
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Old 08-03-2008, 08:45 AM
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I'm totally on the same page with you Trudy.
Growing Lantana from cuttings would definitely be the way to go, for me.
I'm glad you shared your experience, germination rates can be very low with some plants,
even if you do everything just right.

Deb ~ The Lantana will quite probably be an annual for you in zone 6,
it is perennial here in zone 8 ...
but I think that it becomes only about half-hardy in zone 7 ...
I know it wasn't reliable for me when I lived in Raleigh.

You could try mulching the bee-jeebers out of your plants ... or if they are small enough,
you could dig them up and over-winter them, if you have the space.

Or you could do what I do with the plants that are not hardy in my garden beds ...
I've already begun taking a few cuttings ... which I will root and hold over as small plants for re-planting next spring.

Certainly, you can give more of the seeds a try ... ... why not?
Some folks have much better luck growing from seed than I do.
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