How to Dry Japanese Lanterns


Known as the Japanese lantern plant as well as the Chinese lantern plant, P. alkekengi is a perennial bush known for its beautiful orange lantern-shaped fruit. The Japanese lantern plant is popular in North America, Europe and Asia for its dried fruit, used in flower arrangements and in decorations. If you are growing a Japanese lantern plant you can easily dry the lanterns for use in your home.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Elastic band
  • Hanger
  • String
  • Cut the stalks of the Japanese lantern plant which have the lanterns on them, using scissors. Cut the stalks to the length you want, but no shorter than 6 inches.

  • Cut the extra leaves off of the lantern stalks. Wrap an elastic band around the lantern stalks to keep them bunched together.

  • Tie the bunch of flowers to a wire hanger so that the lanterns hang down. Hang the wire hanger in a cool, dry, dark area.

Tips & Warnings

  • Keep the lanterns out of the light. Sunlight exposure will cause the color of the lanterns to fade.

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