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Sunday, November 03, 2002
11:51:18
Subject: japanese lanterns & money plants
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Can you give me growing & drying info on these ?~~
Also are these dried plants in demand ?
What are those dried orange berries that people use for holiday decoration ? ~~~~~They grow wild ( NOT holly or ash) Thank You
PS~~You have a very nice website ...........


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Wednesday, November 06, 2002
20:48:36
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Money plant, Lunaria annua; also known as Honesty is a biennial but if planted early enough it can be grown as an annual. Easily grown from seed and thrives in partial shade. They are erect plants, 24- 30 inches, whose branches give rise to single flowers (purple to white). The flowers are followed by very interesting flat, papery seedpods, which are easily dried. They do not require hanging when drying. You must remove the outer layer of the seedpod (brown/tan) to expose the snowy white, satin lining.

Chinese Lantern, Physalis alkekengi are grown for their balloon-like husks which turn to orange-red flaming lanterns when ripe. Plants are easily propagated by seed or mature plants can be divided. These are hardy perennials grow 18 in. to 24 in. tall and produce pods in their second year. Drying is simple: place them in an open, airy, dark place.

We have more people inquire about Lunaria then Chinese Lanterns. We presently do not grow either one.

Hope this helps,

D. Scott Demmin



DE
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Sunday, November 10, 2002
12:51:51
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Thank you so much for your time & info.
I would like to find out more about those hard orange berries that grow on fence rows,etc . Are they bittersweet?
How do I get rid of the tiny white cotton-like
that love the Chinese Lanterns?
Sincerely,DE
toandtaz@go.com



dscott
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Thursday, November 14, 2002
19:34:55
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Look here for bittersweet image:

http://botit.botany.wisc.edu/images/veg/Oak_Forest_2/Bittersweet-fruit_VK.html

Sorry you can not post links in this forum but if you copy and past the link above you will get to that page.

Is is bittersweet?

D. Scott


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