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Physalis Alkekengi Franchetii Chinese Lantern – 11cm

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Physalis Alkekengi Franchetii Chinese Lantern – 11cm

$6.99

Light

Chinese lantern plants grow best in full sun but tolerate part sun conditions. But in warm climates, the plant is best grown in part shade.

Soil

Chinese lanterns prefer average, well-draining soil that is consistently moist. Rich soils may cause the plant to spread faster than you want, so there are some advantages to growing it in more meager soil.

Water

When young, Chinese lanterns require regular watering to keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy. Once mature, they are somewhat tolerant of drought, though flower and pod production are better with a consistent level of soil moisture.

Temperature and Humidity

This plant can tolerate cooler temperatures, but any frost will cause it to die back for the winter. It doesn’t have any humidity requirements. The seeds will germinate when temperatures are between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Description

Chinese lantern is a hardy perennial that provides colorful fall interest and can be grown in the ground or in containers. It is a clump-forming plant with 3-inch long medium green leaves. Small white bell-shaped flowers appear in summer, but they are insignificant. The real appeal lies in the signature lanterns, which are seed pods that start out green and mature to a bright pumpkin-orange at the end of the growing season in early fall. The 2-inch-wide papery pod, called a calyx, serves as a protective cover over the flower and fruit.