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.
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.