Place three or four craft sticks in the soil near the edge of the pot. Space them evenly around the pot. Put the potted cutting in a plastic bag and seal the top. The craft sticks will keep the bag from touching the cutting.
Prepare a small pot of seed starting mix or a half-and-half mixture of peat moss and perlite. Moisten the mix with water and make a hole 2 inches (5 cm.) deep in the center of the pot with a pencil.
Check occasionally to make sure the soil is moist, but otherwise leave the cutting undisturbed until you see signs of new growth, which means that the cutting has rooted. Rooting takes three to four weeks.
Lantanas grown in the garden are often hybrids, so propagating lantana plants from seeds may not result in offspring that are similar to the parent plant. To collect the seeds, harvest the small black berries when they are fully ripe and remove the seeds from the berries. Clean the seeds and allow them to dry for a couple of days before storing them in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
Growing Lantana from Seeds
Growing lantana from seed is easiest when you keep the soil consistently moist and at a steady temperature between 70 and 75 F. (21-24 C.) day and night. A good way to maintain the moisture is to place the pots in a plastic bag and seal the bag. While the pots are in the bag, keep them away from direct sunlight. Check the pots often and remove the bag as soon as the seedlings emerge. Don’t give up too soon—the seeds may take a month or more to germinate.
Propagating lantana plants from cuttings is easy. Take cuttings of new growth in spring. Cut 4-inch (10 cm.) tips from the stems and remove the lower leaves from the cutting, leaving only one or two leaves at the top.
Lantanas come into bloom in summer with large, neatly-shaped clusters of flowers in a wide range of colors. A cluster of lantana flowers start out all one color, but as the blossoms age they change to different colors, giving the cluster an interesting, multicolor appearance. This tender perennial is grown as an annual in USDA plant hardiness zones cooler than 9. Propagating these plants is easy, and the following information will help with that.
How to Propagate Lantana
Cuttings always produce a plant exactly like the parent plant. If you are partial to the color or other characteristics of a particular plant, take cuttings in the spring rather than growing lantana from seed. To preserve plants until spring in cool climates, cut them back and then pot them up so that you can care for them indoors over winter.
Coat the lower two inches (5 cm.) of the cutting with rooting hormone and place it in the hole, firming the medium around the base of the cutting so that it stands up straight.
What we came up with is a cohesive structure for learning, which we call the AGES Model. It stands for Attention, Generation, Emotion, and Spacing. Together, the AGES Model enables people to learn quickly, and retain that information for the long haul.
Status: Status is the drive we feel to stand out from the crowd. When we share our new ideas and take credit for jobs well done, status is that glow of importance we’re looking for.
Similarity Bias: We prefer what is like us (similar to us) over what is different. It occurs because humans are highly motivated to see themselves and those who are similar in a favorable light. We instinctively create “ingroups” and “outgroups” — boundaries between who we consider close to us and who lives on the margins. We generally have a favorable view of our ingroup but a skeptical (or negative) view of the outgroup. Hence why managers hire employees who remind them of themselves.
The AGES Model
At the NeuroLeadership Institute, we help leaders and teams mitigate the biases that negatively affect people and business decisions, so that they can be more innovative and effective. Through our research, we’ve organized more than 150 such biases into five broad categories. These five biases comprise the SEEDS Model®, the framework that underpins our solutions geared toward reducing unconscious bias.
You can begin to see how some of the SCARF elements come into play around COVID and its adjacent narratives, including return to work and “The Great Resignation.” In reality, though, a lot of our assumptions about the future of work — hybrid, remote, et al — are just that: assumptions. If you look into the science around the SCARF elements, you can beat back most of the assumptive claims and debates about the future of work.
All-in? Ask about solutions, not problems.
The AGES Model is more about how people learn effectively, which is crucial because employees increasingly want to be trained on new skills and with “The Great Resignation” and other narratives of COVID, employers are concerned about getting the best people possible — and that often involves new training, and re-skilling, but those processes must be done in a way where the information sticks. That’s AGES.
Safety Bias: We protect against loss more than we seek out gain. Many studies have shown that we would prefer not to lose money even more than we’d prefer to gain money. In other words, bad is stronger than good. Safety biases slow down decision-making and hold back healthy forms of risk-taking. One way we can mitigate the bias is by getting some distance between us and the decision—such as by imagining a past self already having made the choice successfully—to weaken the perception of loss.