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Chinese Lantern Gigantea
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Chinese Lantern Gigantea (25 seeds) (GR125) $3.00

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Chinese Lantern Gigantea

         
 
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(Physalis franchetii) This lovely 2’ perennial produces pretty seed pods, which are bright red-orange and look like glowing Chinese lanterns. Great as a fresh cut flower or dried for craft projects. So popular at farmers’ markets, as everyone just loves these. This variety is extra large, and the berries inside the husk are edible when fully ripe; cook similar to a regular ground cherry. Fun to grow.
 
Chinese Lantern Gigantea
Overall Rating:
         
3.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 8
Easy to Grow 3.5
EarlyMaturity 2.5

62.5% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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4 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Vampy
Location:
Beaver Dam, WI, United States
Date:
July 28, 2018
          5.0
 
This is a plant not a vine
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Once established easy to grow

What are the cons? None that I can think of

Review:

Caroline is mistaken. These are not a vine, they are a plant. I did not have good luck growing from seed but someone gave me several plants. Within a few years they had spread 50 feet along a building by seeding themselves. I now have hundreds. Once the fruit is ripe you can peel the hunks off and it can be used for food. Easy to identify as they come up so if they spread you just pull them or mow them with a lawn mower. You can give away all the extra plants that come up. I look forward to them each fall.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

2 out of 2 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Tootles
Location:
Beaver springs, PA, United States
Date:
December 2, 2017
          2.0
 
Ill try again
Easy to Grow 3.0
EarlyMaturity 1.0
 

What are the pros? vigorous starts

What are the cons? Poor germ rate, Didn't mature.

Review:

I can't figure out why my friend and I both had trouble with these. People kept asking for these in their bouquets, but we had none (I still don't blame Baker Creek). We had an unusually wonderful year for growing (it didn't get dry until late summer) The few seeds that did germinate were extremely vigorous transplants, but stayed that way all summer/fall, they just didn't grow. I'll try them again.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

27 out of 28 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
buffer
Location:
Sterling Heights, MI
Date:
October 13, 2014
          4.0
 
Chinese Lantern Gigantea
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? easy to use

What are the cons? none

Review:

In Michigan they are easy to grow and come back every year with little effort. I do not find them invasive as pulling them or just cutting them back controls them quite well. Great for dry flower,. arrangements.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

25 out of 47 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
anne
Location:
key west, FL
Date:
March 18, 2014
          1.0
 
invasive
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? ..............................

What are the cons? ..............................

Review:

I believe Caroline is thinking of a different plant that grows in south Florida and the islands called Cerasee (Momordica Charanta). It is a vine and can cover everything. But it is a medicinal plant and food used in the islands. I belive some also call it bitter gourd.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

13 out of 118 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Caroline
Location:
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Date:
August 7, 2013
          1.0
 
INVASIVE
Easy to Grow 1.0
EarlyMaturity 1.0
 

What are the pros? NONE

What are the cons? Very, very invasive

Review:

These plants will spread like wild fire and take over everything. Their vines will choke out anything they can cling to. They are considered a noxious weed down here in S. Florida and I would NEVER purposefully plant them.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

Was this review helpful? Yes  No
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