The Lantana Camara ‘Monike’ Plant Patent #17,612 (Teenie Genie® Compact Lantana) Full Care Guide


The Teenie Genie® Compact Lantana, otherwise known as the Lantana Camara ‘Monike’ Plant Patent #17,612 or Japanese Larch ‘Pendula’, Weeping Japanese Larch, is a rather well known tree plant by gardening enthusiasts around the world.

Best known for its low maintenance and moderate growth, this tree will likely liven up your house (or garden) with its green colored leaves. But, only if you learn how to take proper care of it for it to thrive.

Fortunately, taking care of your Teenie Genie® Compact Lantana is not too difficult – as long as you follow our guidelines in this Teenie Genie® Compact Lantana Care Guide. Now let’s get started.

The basic care guidelines you need to remember for your Teenie Genie® Compact Lantana are the following:

  • Water: The Teenie Genie® Compact Lantana needs at least weekly watering, or more in extreme heat, preferably with regular water.
  • Light: Keep your Lantana Camara ‘Monike’ Plant Patent #17,612 in an environment where it can receive full sun on a daily basis. 
  • Soil: Make sure to keep the Teenie Genie® Compact Lantana in soil with well-draining properties, so ideally, one that is made of sand, loam, and clay.

And as with many other plants, these are the only three care factors you need to remember to make sure your Teenie Genie® Compact Lantana is, for the most part, healthy and well to survive.

Teenie Genie® Compact Lantana plants

Scientific / Botanical Aspects

In botanical terms, the Teenie Genie® Compact Lantana belongs to the Pinaceae family, the genus Larix and the species Kaempferi, hence its scientific (or botanical) name Lantana Camara ‘Monike’ Plant Patent #17,612 (lan-TAN-a kuh-MAR-uh).

As with other Larix’s, the Teenie Genie® Compact Lantana is an evergreen plant, which means it will be present year round in your garden.

Growing Region

The Teenie Genie® Compact Lantana is a plant native to the Central Japan.

You might be wondering why your Teenie Genie® Compact Lantana’s native region is important. Well, if you know where your plant originally came from, you’ll know which environment conditions it prefers, and with it, knowledge on how to replicate it at home.

With this in mind, the Lantana Camara ‘Monike’ Plant Patent #17,612 will be most used to the heat zones in the 4 – 7 region, as the plant hardiness level falls between 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a and the ideal climate zone is between 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19.

Growth and Size

Growth

In terms of size and growth, the Teenie Genie® Compact Lantana is a relatively moderate grower, which makes things somewhat easy for any plant enthusiast.

Size

But what exactly does this mean for your Teenie Genie® Compact Lantana? How large a pot should you consider, how tall, how wide can it get? Let’s jump in…

The Lantana Camara ‘Monike’ Plant Patent #17,612 can grow up to 15′ – 30′ (4.5m – 9m) in 15′ – 30′ (4.5m – 9m) and 12′ – 20′ (3.6m – 6m) in 12′ – 20′ (3.6m – 6m). 

Also, expect it to grow in a wonderful compact shape, which is something worthwhile to remember when making your garden landscape plans.

Water

In terms of watering, the Teenie Genie® Compact Lantana is a fairly simple plant to take care of.

This is mostly because it has a straightforward watering schedule and somewhat regular watering needs.

Specifically, most experts agree that the Lantana Camara ‘Monike’ Plant Patent #17,612 needs at least weekly watering, or more in extreme heat, preferably with regular water.

Which is why it is considered a plant with relatively average needs in terms of water. 

Teenie Genie® Compact Lantana care

Watering

As a rule of thumb, you should remember to keep your Teenie Genie® Compact Lantana in soil with well-draining characteristics, as these will guarantee the right conditions for your plant to grow and thrive. 

When you consider this, this is why you should aim to choose soil that has good drainage, and moist properties to keep the right moisture levels at all times. 

In our experience, the famous ‘thumb’ or ‘finger’ test is what works best for the Teenie Genie® Compact Lantana since with it, you will be able to give it the right amount of water, every time – regardless of the environment or placement where you do decide to keep it.

Soil Mix

As mentioned earlier, the Teenie Genie® Compact Lantana prefers to have soil with good drainage, and moist properties at all times, reason why you need to make the soil mix out of sand, loam, and clay.

In addition to this, expert gardeners recommend having preferably alkaline, acid or neutral soil.

Light and Exposure

In terms of light & exposure, the Teenie Genie® Compact Lantana requires full sun in order for it to thrive under the right conditions. 

Most experts agree that this tree will do well as long as you keep it in full sun, and it will be able to grow properly.

Specifically, we recommend that you place your Lantana Camara ‘Monike’ Plant Patent #17,612 in full and direct sun (more than 6 hours of direct sunlight per day).

Season

Being an evergreen plant, the Teenie Genie® Compact Lantana will be present year round in your garden.

But, you can expect it to have its ‘prime-time’ during the spring (mid, late), the summer (early, mid, late), and during the fall.

Flowers

In particular, this tree is well known for its repeat flowering, long bloom season and showy flowers around the plant enthusiast community.

The Teenie Genie® Compact Lantana produces some beautiful multicolored flowers around this time of year.

Foliage

The leaves from the Teenie Genie® Compact Lantana have a beautiful green color during most of the year.

In particular, they have a needles arrangement in its leaves.

You can expect the leaves from your Lantana Camara ‘Monike’ Plant Patent #17,612 to be around (1-3 inches) in size.

Teenie Genie® Compact Lantana up close

Attracts, Tolerance and Resistance

The Teenie Genie® Compact Lantana is well known for its tolerance to animals like deer, so don’t worry if any of these come along, your Lantana Camara ‘Monike’ Plant Patent #17,612 will be fine.

Garden

Does your Teenie Genie® Compact Lantana have any garden recommendations? Does it serve any gardening purposes? Here’s how you can get the most out of your new plant.

Most Lantana Camara ‘Monike’ Plant Patent #17,612 owners agree that this tree will look great in most rustic, cottage mediterranean, and tropical gardens of all types. 

In particular, the Teenie Genie® Compact Lantana’s best location within your garden is in beds and borders, others use it for landscaping in a rock garden, mass planting, hillside, erosion control, container, coastal exposure, border, or a urban garden.

Companion Plants

Teenie Genie® Compact Lantana’s do well with some other plants beside it. One good companion plant is the Cordyline, which will pair up nicely with your leafy friend.

Others consider that a nice Heliotropium will work well too, so choose whichever you find works best for you!

Conclusion

So that’s it! These are the main plant care requirements that you need to keep in mind in order to have a healthy Teenie Genie® Compact Lantana in your garden or home.

Sebastian Moncada

I’m also a plant enthusiast and researcher. I’ve been privileged to have lived my whole life around the wilderness of Colombia and I’m happy to share everything I learn along the way. “Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience” – Emerson.

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