How to Care for the Lipstick Plants
This striking tropical houseplant easily brightens up any space due to its vibrant tube-shaped flowers, which are red in color with a burgundy bud, hence its name. These flowers grow in clusters from glossy vine-like foliage that gracefully cascade downward, making them great plants to display in hanging baskets or spilling over the top of a shelf. It’s easy to care for as well; novice gardeners will be able to raise a healthy Lipstick Plant for as long as ideal growing conditions are met.
Also known as Aeschynathus Radicans, this plant is native to tropical Southeast Asia, often found growing from tree branches and in between rocks. This means it is an epiphytic plant—one not rooted in soil but rather, grown on other plants in some form of symbiosis. When grown indoors, it does best in a mix of potting soil and sphagnum moss.
While Lipstick Plants may be gorgeous, it’s worth noting that its flowers can expel an unpleasant odor. They do, however, pose no threat to humans or animals, making them safe to have around indoors.
The key to establishing a healthy Lipstick Plant is making sure its sunlight and watering needs are well-met. They bloom best and most profusely when given plenty of bright, indirect sunlight and some exposure to morning sun. They can adapt to lower light and artificial light conditions, but this will result to slow growth and a noticeable lack of flowers.
This plant thrives on consistent moisture and high humidity. Keep temperatures above 65 degrees Fahrenheit and avoid sudden changes. Water when the top 25% of the soil is dry, but be mindful not to get any water on the leaves as Lipstick Plants are susceptible to fungal disease when left overly wet. Instead, pour filtered water directly over the soil.
Pruning will help prevent the appearance of straggly stems and will give your plant a lusher, fuller look. Lipstick Plants like being slightly root bound, so repot when it has fully outgrown its current pot and go only one size up.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
on Lipstick Plants
Should I snip off old flowers?
Yes. These will decay over time and can cause Botrytis leaf blight if left on the plant. This will cause black spots and lesions to appear on the foliage and/or stem.
Why isn’t my Lipstick Plant flowering?
For a Lipstick Plant to bloom, its temperature, lighting, and watering needs have to be met. Ensure your plant is not in a drafty area, make sure it’s getting enough bright, indirect light, and don’t allow it to sit in soggy soil or subject it to long periods of no watering.
Why is my plant limp and straggly?
This is because it isn’t getting enough light. Simply move the plant to a brighter location, and it should look good as new in no time