Chinese lanterns

trishmick(z7NJ)March 14, 2006

Anybody have any experience with these plants? Started several from seed and they have sprouted. Will put in the ground next month. Are they invasive? Sun/shade loving? Hardy? Based on the pictures I've seen, these look like a nice addition to my "tropical" themed garden.

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Loretta NJ Z6

They do seed around. People who grow it have it everywhere around here.

    Bookmark   March 14, 2006 at 4:33PM
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ladychroe(z6 NJ)

I haven't grown it myself, but it is invasive enough that it is mentioned in the "My Stupidest Gardening Mistake", "Chinese Lanterns *WARNING*", and "Plants I Wish I had Never Planted" threads. I would stay away.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2006 at 1:33PM
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ourbackyard(South Jersey)

Worst thing I ever put in the ground. Spread all into the lawn with long white roots that took days to dig out and even then they just kept coming. Even mowing the lawn wouldn't stop the spread!

    Bookmark   March 15, 2006 at 5:50PM
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Hmmmmm.Maybe I'll keep them in pots, and just bury that in the ground. But I'm getting the feeling that I should just throwout any seeds I have left. Same with the seedlings.

    Bookmark   March 15, 2006 at 10:22PM
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sugar_magnolia(z6 Hamilton, NJ)

Give them as a gift to someone you don't much like. Ha!

    Bookmark   March 16, 2006 at 10:18PM
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Someone gave me one last year; I almost ripped her head off! But, I decided to keep it potted up on the deck...

    Bookmark   March 29, 2006 at 1:44PM
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msbumble(z6 NJ)

Well, I'm glad you posted this question! I have some Chinese Lantern seeds sprouting right now. I'll be sure to keep them in a container.
Also, the seed packet seems to say that they won't flower this year. MsB

    Bookmark   March 31, 2006 at 8:48PM
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