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Chinese Lantern Physalis
Chinese Lantern Physalis
Chinese Lantern Physalis
Chinese Lantern Physalis
Chinese Lantern Physalis

Chinese Lantern Physalis

An easy-to-grow plant that will thrill you with a colourful autumn display of paper-thin lanterns
Perfect In Pots
Plant In Shade
Plant In Sunshine
Winter Hardy
Easy To Grow
RHS Garden Merit
  • Small creamy-white, nodding flowers followed by papery, orange-red lanterns
  • Perfect for providing autumn interest to your garden
  • Very easy to grow and care for and ideal in pots
  • Superb dried flowers in arrangements and bouquets
  • Supplied as an established plant in a 9cm pot ready to plant out
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Product Description

A popular cottage garden perennial, Physalis alkekengi is a hardy perennial that produces small creamy-white, nodding flowers in summer, followed by light green fruit cases in August which add to the appeal of the plant and turn to a very attractive deep orange in September.

These papery, orange-red husks resemble the popular lanterns and housing bright orange-scarlet berries.
Perfect for providing autumn interest to your garden, they can be grown in well-drained beds and borders and are ideal in pots where they can be fully appreciated.

As well as great garden colour, the delicate lanterns also make superb dried flowers in arrangements and bouquets and can be easily dried for Christmas arrangements.

Fully deserving its coveted RHS Award of Garden Merit, you can be sure that this is a proven garden performer, guaranteed to be suitable for UK gardeners at every level of experience. You can therefore plant this in the garden with confidence, for stunning displays for many years to come.

Supplied as an established plant in a 9cm pot ready to plant out, Chinese lanterns are very easy to grow and care for, thriving in a sunny or shady position in preferably moist, well-draining soil.

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Item 560730 supplied as:
Supplied as an established plant in a 9cm pot ready to plant out, Chinese lanterns are very easy to grow and care for, thriving in a sunny or shady position in preferably moist, well-draining soil. Flowers July - August, H1m x W1m

Plant Information

Top Tips

Best grown in containers, plants can spread easily if happy where they are, much like mint, can be contained by cutting a trench around the crown of the plant with a spade each autumn.

Care Guide

Planting Advice for Chinese Lanterns:

  • Before planting, prepare the soil by digging over and removing any weeds. Incorporate some well-rotted manure to enrich the soil if necessary.
  • When planting a number of perennials, arrange them on the surface so you can see how they will look before planting.
  • Individually knock out each plant from its container. Look at the roots if they are circling around the compost, it is best to tease them out. To do this, push your fingers into the rootball along the bottom edge and pull. Do this in a couple of places. This should encourage the roots to spread into the surrounding soil.
  • Next use a trowel or spade to create a hole just deep and wide enough to set in the rootball. The aim is to bury just the roots, leaving the bases of the stems (when in growth in summer) or the shoots (in spring) above ground.
  • Firm back around the soil, using your hand for small clumps and your heel on larger areas.
  • Water in well to settle the soil and prevent desiccation.

Aftercare Advice for Physalis:

  • Keep well-watered

Pruning Advice for Chinese Lanterns:

  • No regular pruning is needed.
  • To preserve stems for flower arranging or other decorations simply cut them off at ground level and remove the leaves. Hang the stems upside down in dark, cool and dry place for two to three weeks.
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Fully Grown Plant dimensions (approx)
Plant Dimensions
100cm
100cm
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Chinese Lantern Physalis
Chinese Lantern Physalis
9cm Pot
Item: 560730
Only £9.99
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