Chinese Lantern Seeds - Physalis Alkekengi Flower Seeds

Chinese Lantern Seeds

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Flower Specifications

Season: Perennial

USDA Zones: 4- 8

Height: 24 inches

Bloom Season: Summer and fall

Bloom Color: White turning to orange

Environment: Full sun to partial shade

Soil Type: Average to moist soil, pH 6.2 - 7.4

Planting Directions

Temperature: 65F

Average Germ Time: 14 - 28 days

Light Required: Yes

Depth: 1/16 inch

Sowing Rate: 3 seeds per plant

Moisture: Keep moist until germination

Plant Spacing: 24 inches

Care & Maintenance: Chinese Lantern


Chinese Lantern Flower Seed

Chinese Lantern (Physalis Alkekengi) - Chinese Lantern flower seed produces an ornamental flower that has an orange seed pod that looks like glowing orange paper lanterns. Physalis Alkekengi perennial plants have white flowers in the summer that will be replaced by green seed pods that will eventually turn orange or red in the early fall. Chinese Lantern plants are often grown for drying as the orange seed pods dry well and can also be used in dried floral arrangements. The Chinese Lantern plants are known for their rhizomes which spread. Many gardeners recommend confining its growth so that it does not become too aggressive. Another common name for Chinese Lantern is Strawberry Ground Cherry.

Chinese Lantern seeds can be planted indoors 6 - 8 weeks before in the end of frost season. Using starter trays or small pots, lightly cover the flower seeds with soil. Or, once danger of frost has passed, the Physalis Alkekengi seeds can be started directly outdoors, leaving 24 inches between plants. Keep the flower seeds moist until germination.