Popular for the papery bright-orange lantern pods that develop around the ripening fruit, these are often cut and used for Thanksgiving and Halloween arrangements.
Plants are aggressive spreaders, and best kept out of the perennial border so they don't take over. Also can be grown in tubs.
Small white flowers appear in midsummer, over a bushy mound of coarse green leaves. Pods are green at first, but should be harvested as soon as the orange colour develops, the leaves stripped then stems hung upside down to dry in a warm dark room.
Infor source: perennials.com
Genus - Physalis
Species - Alkekengi
Common name - Chinese Lantern Plant
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Plant type - Perennial
Hardiness zones - 2 - 9
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
Height - 23 - 35" / 0,60 - 0,90 m
Spread - 23 - 35" / 0,60 - 0,90 m
Growth rate - Fast
Bloom season - Mid summer
Leaf / Flower color - Green / White
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Normal, sandy, clay
Water requirements - Average, moist
Landscape uses - Good accent plant for borders, containers. Used for Thanksgiving and Halloween arrangements.
Seed - sow March/April in a greenhouse only just covering the seed. Germination usually takes place quickly and freely (seeds will germinate in two - three weeks in warm temperature - 18-22°C (65-72°F)).
Prick out the seedlings into individual pots of fairly rich soil when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in early summer. Diurnal temperature fluctuations assist germination.
It is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer.
Info source: pfaf.org.
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