Physalis alkekengi is often known as Chinese or Japanese Lanterns.

Popular for the papery bright-orange lantern pods that develop around the ripening fruit, these are often cut and used for Thanksgiving and Halloween arrangements. Pods are green at first, and harvested as soon as the orange colour develops, the leaves stripped then stems hung upside down to dry in a warm dark room. The orange pods can also be individually picked and placed in bowls or clear vases.
Autumn Display in your container!
Your ‘Liv’n Lantern’ is the perfect plant to brighten up your patio or front steps during the Autumn months. It also performs well indoors and will make an ideal seasonal centrepiece on the table.
Keeping it in the Container
Your ‘Liv’n Lantern’ plant is ideally suited in this container and should only be planted in the garden in areas where you may wish to naturalize. As it is an aggressive spreading plant, it is best kept in this patio pot or replanted in another container of equal or larger size. If you decide to plant in the garden here are some easy to follow instructions.
o 1 Choose a well-lit spot to plant the Physalis alkekengi. The plant prefers full sun but will do well in partial shade
o 2 Dig the soil up to work organic matter in before planting. Mix the garden soil with 50 percent peat moss to add nutrients. An ideal pH balance is 6.1 to 6.5 for the Physalis alkekengi.
o 3 Plant the Physalis alkekengi at least 3 feet away from other plants to give the Physalis plant room to spread and grow. Remember that the Physalis alkekengi can be quite invasive so it needs room of its own.
o 4 Keep soil moist by watering but do not over-water. Physalis alkekengi plants prefer moist soil but they do not like wet feet from standing water.
o 5 Fertilize the plant once in the spring and once in the summer using an all-purpose water-soluble fertilizer. Follow the directions on the manufacturer's label.
o 6 Pull the plant up if it begins to invade areas where you do not want it to go. Transplant the pulled-up plants to another area of the garden or simply discard.
Winter care:
Trim the plant down to ground level in the late fall after the first frost has hit. Discard the plant heads and foliage to prevent the spread of disease.
Non-Edible! No portion of this plant should be eaten!
Characteristics:
Height: 75 cm / Spread: 60 cm Zones 2-9.