|Latin name:||Sandersonia aurantiaca|
|Delivery type:||Supplied as bulb or tuber|
|Guarantee:||1 year growth and flowering guarantee|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Flowering:||July - September|
|Growing Height:||60 cm|
|Planting distance:||10 cm|
|Planting depth:||5 cm|
Plant your Chinese Lanterns in the spring in a flower pot or planter. Use fresh potting soil and mix in some sharp sand and cow manure pellets. When planting the bulbs, make sure that the depth of the hole is twice as large as the height of the bulb. A bulb of 4 cm thus needs a depth of 8 cm and spaced approximately 10 cm apart. Plant the bulbs with the roots facing downwards. The Chinese Lantern grows best in a warm spot with complete sunshine.
The Chinese Lantern is a climbing plant
The flexible stems of the Chinese Lantern need some support. Put a climbing frame firmly into the pot and tie the plants stems around it. You can also prune it to retain a good shape. You can plant lower growing plants such as ivy around the base of the Chinese Lantern.
Water the Chinese Lantern moderately. Mix plant food into the water during warmer periods. Overly wet soil is not desirable. Remove the faded flowers of the Chinese Lantern to encourage a good growth.
The Chinese Lantern can survive throughout the winter
The Chinese Lantern has fine nodules that can survive throughout the winter. Water it less and remove its dead leaves during the autumn. Place the dry bulbs in a pot and store in a mild, frost-free area (10-12˚ C). In the spring, carefully water more often as the roots grow and the weather gets warmer. You can also add some plant food when watering the Chinese Lantern.