How to grow Physalis alkekengi

Physalis alkekengi growing herbaceous‎ of the genus Physalis also known as Chinese lantern, Physalis alkekengi perennial evergreen plant or annual also used as ornamental plant, can grow in temperate, mediterranean or subtropical climate and growing in hardiness zone 2-10.

Leaves color is green, shape of rhomboid with serrated edges with slightly hairy texture.

Flower color white, the flowers grow in clusters.

Physalis alkekengi flower

Fruit cover with capsule in orange color, small fruit the color orang, the taste reminiscent of sweet tomato, the fruity is ready to pick when the capsule start to become brown.

Physalis alkekengi for sale – Seeds or Plants to Buy

Requirements for Physalis alkekengi growing and care:

Rich soil, mulch

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No, but it easy

Difficulties or problems when growing:
Aggressive, can be invasive

Planting season:
Spring, summer

Pests and diseases:

Pruning season:

How to prune:
Dead branches

Size of the plant?
30-80 cm, 12-32 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun

Is it possible to grow as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Spring / Summer

General information about the flower
Small White flowers grow in clusters

Pollination is done by:

Edible fruits

Fruit harvest season:
Summer / Autumn

Fruits pests or diseases:
Aphids, birds

What can be done with big quantities of Physalis alkekengi fruits?
Eat raw, juice, jams

Work requirements on the fruit:
Nothing special

How long does it take to bear fruit?
6-9 month

Scientific name:

Physalis alkekengi

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