Proud Chinese lanterns in golden shades of orange are guaranteed to bring colour and light into your home or window display this autumn.
A fantastic source of pleasure, Physalis is also known as the Chinese Lantern plant. There is much confusion over the origins of the lantern plant. Japan, China, or perhaps southern Europe? Raise your hand if you know the answer, or if you’re just delighted to see the lanterns!
Colour and Shapes
The Physalis is an orange lantern shaped flower on branches. The lanterns, which are approximately 5cm in length appear to have been made from delicate paper that has been very carefully created. The lantern contains an orange berry. Physalis is available as a cut flower from the beginning of August to the end of October. At the start of the season, the lampion can still be green, because they color from green to bright orange. It’s also possible to order loose lampions.
The Greek word Physalis (ϕυσαλλίς) means wrapper. The lantern protects the berry, and symbolises safety, comfort and protection.
Shop Care Tips
To get the best from your wholesale cut physalis please read the care instructions below carefully:
- Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle with a sharp knife.
- Strip the lower foliage from the stems.
- Fill sterilised buckets with lukewarm water and add flower food.
- Place the physalis in the buckets.
- Leave over night to condition before using.
Never leave cut flowers in direct sunlight, near a radiator, in a draft or near fruit. (The gas used to ripen fruit will harm most flowers). Keep the physalis in a cool place and always keep out of the way of children and pets.
Physalis cannot be missed in an autumnal bouquet and is easy to combine with other flowers and branches. For an instant autumn look, combine Chinese Lanterns with Snowberries, Rosehips and Oak leaves. If you are looking for a rustic appearance, combine Physalis with Delphiniums, Snapdragons and wild flowers. For a corporate design you can simple add Physalis in a tall glass vase with Salix or Corylus contorta. One thing is for sure, if you add Chinese Lanterns to your floral designs, you are guarantee to add a fantastic distinct flower.
Credit: Planet Flowers
Credit Triangle Nursery