With a beautiful figure like a fairy in a colorful pleated skirt passionately dancing, the lantern flower is considered a famous ornamental plant. Under the full sunlight, the lantern flower exudes a gentle but equally brilliant beauty with all colors of purple, red, white, and pink, looking very charming and attractive. Let’s explore the wonderful beauty of this flower!
What is a lantern flower?
Lantern has scientific name: Fuchsia X hybrid belongs to the family of Onagraceae, originating from South America. Lantern is a small herbaceous shrub, perennial, about 30-100cm tall. The trunk is purple-red, brittle, easy to break, the tree has many branches. Leaves are oval, slightly pointed at the tip, small leaves
Features of lantern flowers
The lantern flower tree also has many curious names: stylish lady, Castle rose, princess earring flower, fuchsia flower, evening gown, rose lantern…. These names explain why the lantern flower has a sense of taste.
Blue-violet color, raw edges, symmetrical growth. Lantern flowers have a funny, eye-catching, unique and beautiful shape with many vibrant colors but harmoniously blended to make the flower have a graceful beauty. The shape of the lantern resembles a dancing fairy with a red dress on the upper layer, the lower layer is white, pink, purple, red… or alternate colors. In the middle of the flower are hibiscus-shaped tassels. Lanterns have flowers from late autumn to early spring. Overall, the lantern flower looks like a young girl in the highlands wearing a multi-tiered dress, reveling in dances that blend in with the wind.
Lantern flower meaning
In the world of flowers, flower lanterns express passionate love, love with all your heart. In addition, lantern flowers also show the meaning of aesthetic taste.
Lantern Flower Application
The romantic beauty of flowers and the lovely shape of the tree make lanterns very popular in decoration.
Lanterns are often planted in decorative pots on balconies, porches, terraces …. are ideal places for lanterns to show off their charm. Or plant them in hanging pots in cafes, hotels, restaurants, gardens, townhouses, etc.
People plant lanterns into large dust, creating trellis to decorate the house.
How to grow and care for lantern flowers
Lantern flowers bloom all year round in a greenhouse environment, if planted outdoors, we need to pay attention to the following points:
Light: The lantern likes moderate light, the plant is tolerant of partial shade, it is necessary to pay attention to shading the tree in the summer to control the temperature of the tree.
Temperature: Lanterns like cool, so the suitable temperature range is 20-26oC, which will make the plants luxuriant, the flowers beautiful and brilliant. Temperatures below 15 or above 30 will make plants grow poorly and weak.
Humidity: the lantern loves moisture
Soil: The roots are shallow, tend to spread horizontally, so it is advisable to plant loose, well-drained, humus-rich, nutrient-rich soil for plant growth. Bad soil, no aeration can cause the roots to suffocate, stunted plants.
Watering: lanterns like moisture, depending on weather conditions should be watered in moderation when the soil on the pot surface will be dry. Pay attention to clean water, preferably rain water, rivers, lakes, ponds. If watering with tap water, let the water settle for 2-3 days to neutralize the detergent.
Care should be taken in poor lighting or excessively high temperatures to regulate the amount of water for irrigation.
Fertilization: The plant’s nutritional needs are large because the plants flower a lot, and should be fertilized monthly for good growth. When plants are weak and weak, they can dissolve nitrogen-rich NPK fertilizers to water the roots for 7-15 days until the plants recover.
Propagate lanterns by cuttings
Some pests and diseases of lanterns: whiteflies, aphids, creek beetles, mealybugs, root rots, scale aphids, red spider mites, rust. Prevent disease by maintaining good plant hygiene, planting in a ventilated place with appropriate distance.