HOW TO GET RID OF CHINESE LANTERNS

Yesterday I wrote about cherries in a weed that you can eat and the article I quoted did mention that the plants do tend to spread. In fact the Chinese Lantern (Physalis alkekengi) is an invasive plant that can cause problems by spreading out of control. If this happens getting rid of them can be a problem, but this article by David Beaulieu which I found on the About.com website has some suggestions as to how this can be achieved.

Chinese lanterns (Physalis alkekengi) are invasive perennial plants grown for their colorful and delicate orange pods, which, true to the common name, remind one of those paper lanterns sometimes used to decorate with an Oriental theme. Here’s the problem with growing these plants: using rhizomes, they can easily spread out of control in your landscaping, causing you more headaches in landscape maintenance than their beauty and uniqueness warrants.
Reader, Shelby experienced the problem of controlling Chinese lanterns in Roanoke, VA. She wrote me seeking advice for getting rid of them:
How do I get rid of Chinese lanterns!? They are trying to take over one of my flower gardens. I have tried painting the leaves with Roundup, I have pulled every leaf and vine that I can find, but nothing works. I wouldn’t recommend them to my worst enemy.

Go to the next page to read David Beaulieu’s reply to this question.
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