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Is this a chinese lantern? Physalis?


By Fluff

Dorset, United Kingdom Gb

I've had this plant for 2 years & last year it didn't do flowers or fruits so I'm not sure if it's what I think it is!
It has little white flowers this year but they drop off with no fruits coming after...should they be there now or do they come on in the autumn with the lanterns around them? Also...should I move it to a sunnier or less windy place? That's hard to find as you might imagine at the moment with this summer's weather!




yes it certainly looks like it. I think they prefer slight shade. the flowers drop and the papery cover develops around the developing fuit. if you have more than one flower open at the same time transfer pollen from one flower to the other using a kiddies paint brush. it wont matter if one flower is older than the other. usually its done by bees and other insects.

26 Jul, 2009


Thanks I'll try that. :0)

26 Jul, 2009


Physalis it is. You need to grow a minimum of two for them to produce fruit.

29 Jul, 2009

How do I say thanks?

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