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Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii 'Gigantea' (Chinese lantern 'Gigantea')

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skill rating
4 hours care
per year
0.9m
Max height
0.9m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii 'Gigantea'

Other names

Chinese lantern 'Gigantea', Love in a cage 'Gigantea', Bladder cherry 'Gigantea', Strawberry tomato 'Gigantea', Winter cherry 'Gigantea', Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii 'Montrosa'

Genus

Physalis Physalis

Variety or Cultivar

'Gigantea' _ 'Gigantea' is a vigorous, upright, clump-forming, herbaceous perennial with triangular to ovate, mid- to bright green leaves and insignificant, bell-shaped, cream flowers in summer followed by edible, orange-red fruit enclosed in large, papery, rounded, balloon-like, deep orange-red calyces.


Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii 'Gigantea' is: Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Upright

Toxicity

Other than the fruit, all other parts of the plant are toxic.

Flower

Cream in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer; Green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Caterpillars , Flea beetles , Glasshouse whitefly Caterpillars , Flea beetles , Glasshouse whitefly

Powdery mildew Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Pinch back to promote a bushier habit. For drying, cut stems as the calyces begin to turn colour.

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii 'Gigantea' (Chinese lantern 'Gigantea') will reach a height of 0.9m and a spread of 0.9m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Containers, Coastal, City, Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging

Cultivation

Grow in any poor to moderately fertile, well-drained soil in sun with shelter from cold, drying winds. Do not allow soil to dry out. Less vigorous/invasive than the species.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii 'Gigantea'

Other names

Chinese lantern 'Gigantea', Love in a cage 'Gigantea', Bladder cherry 'Gigantea', Strawberry tomato 'Gigantea', Winter cherry 'Gigantea', Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii 'Montrosa'

Genus

Physalis Physalis

Variety or Cultivar

'Gigantea' _ 'Gigantea' is a vigorous, upright, clump-forming, herbaceous perennial with triangular to ovate, mid- to bright green leaves and insignificant, bell-shaped, cream flowers in summer followed by edible, orange-red fruit enclosed in large, papery, rounded, balloon-like, deep orange-red calyces.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Upright

Toxicity

Other than the fruit, all other parts of the plant are toxic.


Colour

Flower

Cream in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring; Green in Summer; Green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Caterpillars , Flea beetles , Glasshouse whitefly

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Pinch back to promote a bushier habit. For drying, cut stems as the calyces begin to turn colour.

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii 'Gigantea' (Chinese lantern 'Gigantea') will reach a height of 0.9m and a spread of 0.9m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Containers, Coastal, City, Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging

Cultivation

Grow in any poor to moderately fertile, well-drained soil in sun with shelter from cold, drying winds. Do not allow soil to dry out. Less vigorous/invasive than the species.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii 'Gigantea' (Chinese lantern 'Gigantea')

Common pest name

; Black wood of grapevine; Female sterility of tobacco; Fruit woodiness of tomato; Maize Redness; Mal azul of tomato; Metabolbur; Metastolbur; Parastolbur; Purple top of potato; Stolbur of potato; Stolbur of tobacco; Stolbur of tomato

Scientific pest name

Candidatus Phytoplasma solani

Type

Phytoplasma

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Phytoplasma which potentially affects a wide host range; determined by the feeding behaviour of vectors. First UK outbreak in 2014; on strawberry; a host not specifically regulated in EU legislation. This legislation should be reviewed to take account of this and other developments.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii 'Gigantea' (Chinese lantern 'Gigantea')

Common pest name

Scientific pest name

Xiphinema bakeri

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Nematode pest; could potentially affect trees and other species if introduced but many pathways regulated. No evidence of interceptions or findings to date.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii 'Gigantea' (Chinese lantern 'Gigantea')

Common pest name

Lance nematode; Nematode; Lance

Scientific pest name

Hoplolaimus spp.

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Nematode species potentially affecting a wide variety of crops; prohibition of soil likely to mitigate risk substantially; keep under review in light of interceptions or findings should they occur in the EU.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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