Chinese Lanterns

Physalis Alkekengi

SKU 117

HURRY! LIMITED QTY

AED 21

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30cm - 40cm

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Plant Care

Watering

Pour 1 cup or 200ml every day only when the soil begins to dry out. Do not over-water as it leads to root-rot. Water early in the morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler and direct sun will not cook off the moisture before it can seep down to the roots.

Light

Direct or indirect sunlight 6 to 8 hours

Temperature

upto 40°C. Suitable for GCC's climate

Fertilizer

General Purpose Fertilizer or NPK Fertilizer Tabs

Repotting

Re-pot into a bigger pot as the plant grows. Once a year

Plant Bio

As viny plants, they can be treated as ground covers. Chinese lantern plants have heart-shaped leaves and bear white flowers. The flowers are insignificant and not the reason for which the plants are grown. The plants are grown for the 2-inch wide, papery pods or "calyxes" that eventually surround the flowers. Each of the pods later encases a berry with seeds. In fall, these pods turn bright orange. The pods are like traditional Chinese lanterns (the lit kind), not only in shape but also in their papery texture. This is what gives them their common name.

Grow Chinese lanterns in full sun in cold climates. In warm climates, the plants can be grown in partial shade. Grow them in well-drained soil. Once mature, the plants become reasonably tolerant of poor soils. When young, plants need to be kept watered. The soil should feel moist, but not soaked. They are also reasonably drought-tolerant ground covers once mature, although flower and pod production will be better with regular watering and feeding. Fertilize monthly during the growing season in the spring. Compost works well. Mulch around the plant to maintain soil moisture. This plant can stand cooler temperatures but avoid exposure to frost. It does not have any humidity requirements. The seeds will germinate when temperatures are between 15 and 21 degrees Celcius ( 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit ) .









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