These instructions are sent with the plant gift
These lovely Physalis alkekengi or ‘Chinese Lanterns’ will flower in the spring producing ornamental berries encased in colourful lantern shaped calyces in the autumn. When young they can be enjoyed indoors in a cool room but they are hardy perennial plants and can be grown in the garden or in a pot on a patio longer term.
If your plant is in the ground add a top dressing in spring to add extra nutrients, whilst in a pot and in flower your plant will do well with a general-purpose balanced feed once a month.
Please note although these plants are related to the cape gooseberry bush the berries are not edible and could cause a stomach upset if eaten in any quantity.
The lanterns can be cut and dried for the vase or enjoyed on the plant and if you have a nice, sunny or partially shady spot in the garden you might decide to plant it out. If you do, don’t be alarmed when the foliage dies off with the frost. The lanterns will look striking as they die back to a latticework in the winter and you can just trim them back once dead and they will re-emerge in the Spring.