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Chinese Lanterns

Physalis alkekengi var. franchetti. Direct-sow after the last frost date or raise as transplants 8 to 10 weeks before. Caution: Hardy to zone 3, this perennial can be invasive, so it is best grown in containers. Deer resistant. Perennial. Late summer/fall flowering. Height: 1' to 2'.

Average seed life: 1 to 2 years.

Chinese Lanterns

A Tomatillo relative, Chinese Lanterns are prized for their decorative, bright orange seed pods. Cut the stems in late summer as soon as the pods color up and dry them for autumn arrangements. HZ: 3-9.

One packet of about 300 seeds
Catalog #8370
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Gardening Tips

Chinese Lantern Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
Seed Spacing:2”-3”
Plant Spacing:24”
Days to Germination: 20-25 days
Germination Temperature:70°-75°F

Physalis alkekengi var. franchetti. Direct-sow outside after the last spring frost date. Prepare a bed in full to partial sunlight with well-draining soil. Sow seeds on top of soil, leaving the seeds uncovered but pressed firmly onto the soil surface, as light aids germination. Chinese Lanterns may also be started indoors 8 to 10 weeks before transplanting out after the threat of frost has passed. Provide even moisture, strong light and air circulation. Harden off the seedlings by gradually acclimating them outside for a week to 10 days before transplanting out. Hardy to zone 3, this perennial can be invasive: plant it in a dedicated spot or grow it in containers. This Tomatillo relative is prized for its bright orange pods that are wonderful in fall bouquets, fresh or dried. Late summer to fall flowering. Height: 12" to 18".