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21/08/2013 at 16:54

I have grown Physalis little lanterns for the first time this year. They are very healthy and have fruit on but they have spread out rather than go up e.g. like tomato plants. I have Googled them and the pictures show the plants to be more upright.

Has anyone else grown them? Im in need of some advice .

21/08/2013 at 16:57

They are fairly tall plants (nothing like as tall as tomatoes) but spread out along the ground,they can be quite invasive,so keep an eye on them.

22/08/2013 at 21:53

Mine have grown quite tall but they are confined to a large pot as they are too invasive for my garden borders.  They do tend to run riot if left to themselves so yours may just be 'breaking new ground'......

23/08/2013 at 11:31

Glad I've read this as I've just bought a pot!  Ill confine them when planting then!


23/08/2013 at 13:57

Physalis peruviana isn't hardy here. Is it being confused with the chinese lantern plant, Physalis alkekengii which is guilty of all things suggested

23/08/2013 at 14:01

I grew about six of these last year in the greenhouse - never again They made so much mess and took up so much room They were nice to eat tho'

23/08/2013 at 14:03

unimpressed as well Daisy. Mine are dropping the fruits but they're not ripe and they need  watering twice as much as tomatoes

24/08/2013 at 11:42

Thanks for the advice .

24/08/2013 at 11:49

Do you know when they are ripe for eating?

Does the green lantern case go brown then there ready?

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