How Do I Care for a Chinese Lantern Plant?

You can care for your Chinese lantern plant by taking the plant's growth process into account and using simple methods and care items. A Chinese lantern plant that is being grown from a seed requires different care then that of a small transplant.

  1. Observe the plant from seed stage if possible

    Chinese lantern plant seeds take a long time to germinate and for the seedlings to emerge. In lieu of this, seeds should be started inside until the seedlings have emerged and then transplanted outside. The growing season for these plants begins in late winter to early spring and they need quite a bit of sunlight to germinate. Therefore, leaving them on top of the soil with indirect sunlight while indoors is the most beneficial environment for them. It may take as long as a month for the seeds to germinate.

  2. Choose the proper outdoor environment

    Once the seedlings have begun to emerge, it is time to transplant them to the outdoors. Chinese lantern plants prefer direct sunlight and moist, well-drained soil. The plant is also capable of thriving in light shade environments. However, the more sun there is, the better it is for your plant.

  3. Care for your plant outdoors if necessary

    Once transplanted to an outdoor site, a Chinese lantern plant is relatively easy to care for. Make sure the soil is moist at all times, and cover the topsoil around the plant with a layer of mulch to keep the roots cool and to decrease water evaporation from the soil. Water the plant if there is less than an inch of rainfall during any given week.