Gem Compact Yellow Diamond, also known as Red Sage and Lantana Camara, is a tender perennial native to Central and South America. Danziger developed the Gem series for its superior branching and heat and drought tolerance. This cultivar offers a mounded habit of 8-10" tall and 10-12" wide, with yellow and white flower clusters blooming from spring through summer. Grow Lantana as an annual in cold regions or as a perennial in zone 9-11, where it is root hardy. Vibrant flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds to sunny landscape borders, hanging baskets, mixed containers, and xeriscapes. Lantana is heat tolerant, long-blooming, and beautiful in the garden. This compact variety is particularly well-suited to containers, baskets, and use as a houseplant. Plant Yellow Diamond alongside Gem Compact Pink Opal for a stunning show of color.
Gem Compact Yellow Diamond Selling Tips
Sell Gem Compact Yellow Diamond to customers looking for a vibrant flower to add to a hanging basket, mixed container, or landscape border. Customers, butterflies, and hummingbirds love Lantana's vibrant colors and long bloom season. This plant is heat and drought tolerant and deer and rabbit resistant. Lantana offers a mounding habit with elegant flower clusters that flourish in full sun with minimal water or care. Create a charming landscape rife with texture and color by growing Lantana alongside Angelonia, Pentas, and Salvia. This compact variety also makes a lovely addition to a houseplant collection.
Coach Your Customer
1. Space plants 10" apart in well-drained soil in full sun.
2. Water once a week or more often in hot weather.
3. Lantana will survive winter as a tender perennial in zone 9-11. Grow it as an annual in cold-weather regions or any zone.
General Growing Tips For Your Rooted Cutting Liner
For best results with Gem Compact Yellow Diamond, plant one rooted plug per 4- or 6-inch container. Use a well-drained soil with a pH of 5.8-6.2, EC of 1.0-1.2, temperatures of 73-75 daytime and 65-68 nighttime, and light feed (100-150 ppm N). Pinch once at transplant and use paclobutrazol to control growth if needed. Watch for thrips, aphids, whiteflies, leafminers, botrytis, and root rot.
Yellow and white flower clusters bloom from spring through summer.
Pinch once at transplant.
Space containers for adequate airflow and sunlight penetration around the base and foliage of each plant.
Control growth with a paclobutrazol drench at 1-2 ppm if needed.
You may see aphids, whiteflies, thrips, and leafminers.
This plant isn't prone to disease but botrytis and root rot can develop in cool, wet, humid weather or overly wet conditions. Take preventative measures in your greenhouse and use a fungicide drench at transplant if desired.
1. Water at the base of each plant in the morning, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings.
2. Provide good airflow in your greenhouse. We recommend using horizontal airflow fans.
3. Space containers so each plant has airflow and sunlight penetration to the soil level.
Planting Gem Compact Yellow Diamond Liners
We recommend planting one rooted liner per 4- or 6-inch container. Use a well-drained soil and completely bury the ellepot in the center of the container.
Rooted Cuttings Cuttings vary in size between different plant families. These rooted starter plants will arrive ready to be transplanted in to your final container. If they are to be used in a landscape application, you will need to establish them in a 4 inch pot or an 1801 before planting outside.
Lantana Gem Compact Yellow Diamond Quick Reference Guide
|4 Inch crop time||5-6 Weeks|
|Bloom Period||Spring, Summer|
|Perennial Zone||Zones 9-11|