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RE: question


I do love Physalis alkekengi and manage to keep them somewhat contained in a
semi-shade bed with some due diligence in pulling/digging the runners that
go where they are not meant to be.  I use the seed pods in decorations and
fall flower arrangements as they dry so well and have such great color.  As
I wanted enough for decorations to share with many folks, I could not just
sink a pot.  If you do want to keep some, be sure to sink the plants in a
heavy pot in the ground.  

My plants' runners do not seem to go very deep in the soil at all (top 3-4"
only) but it is very important to get ALL of the root out of the soil in
areas you DON'T want them.  Just giving them a "yank" doesn't seem to do it.
You might want to try to paint their leaves with Round-up, Chris, especially
this early in the season.  (The earlier the better.)   It is not the most
invasive plant I've ever grown, but it is persistent!

Blessings,
Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Chris Petersen
Sent: Sunday, May 07, 2006 7:10 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: RE: [CHAT] question

Bonnie,

That's exactly what I thought when I saw the 2nd photo- Chinese lanterns.
I've been trying to rid a bed of them for some time now!

Chris Petersen   
Northport, Long Island, New York
 Zone 7a (Average min temp 50 - 00)
 
chris@widom-assoc.com
My garden: http://photos.yahoo.com/chrispnpt


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Bonnie & Bill Morgan
Sent: Sunday, May 07, 2006 2:33 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: RE: [CHAT] question

Donna, the second photo of the foliage reminds me a lot of Chinese Lanterns
I have when they first come up.  I believe the botanical name is Physalis
alkekengi (Solanaceae family.)

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