Keep the room temperature between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the spring, summer, and fall. As well, maintain a room humidity of between 25 and 49 percent.
- In the winter, keep the room temperature closer to 65 °F (18 °C) to encourage the plant to produce new flower buds.
- Do not hang the plant near a heating or air conditioning vent or near a doorway where it will be exposed to cold drafts in the winter.
- To make aged water, simply fill an empty milk jug or watering can a few days before the lipstick plant needs to be watered. Then fill the container again right away after watering the plant. This way, you will always have aged water ready for the plant.
- Allow the top 1 to 2 inches of potting mix to dry before watering in the winter. Keeping the lipstick plant a little dryer during the winter will result in more profuse blooming in the spring and summer.
A hanging basket is a good pot for the cascadingAeschynanthus lipstick vine. You can also grow the vine on slabs of wood, but if you do, be sure to keep the plant adequately moist. You can repot this plant from a few cuttings if you fertilize the plant and water it moderately.
Aeschynanthus radicans is an evergreen vine-like plant native to the humid tropics of Malaysia and Indonesia. In their native rain forest habitat, these plants grow as epiphytes, perched on trees, just like orchids. They do not feed off their hosts. A member of the Gesnariaceae family, the lipstick plant is closely related to African violets and gloxinia.
The plant’s real attraction is its vibrant tubular hairy bright red flowers that emerge from a dark maroon hairy calyx that look like lipstick in a tube. Flowers have five lobes, the top two lobes forming a “hood.” Usually the blooms are red, but some varieties have dark red (burgundy), orange, yellow or coral flowers. The thick, glossy pointy deep green leaves cover the long, lax stems. Depending on the variety, they can be semi-trailing, upright or climbing.
Lipstick plant requires bright indirect light, warmth, and humidity. Use it in the garden in tropical, frost-free regions, or as a houseplant in colder climates. Lipstick Basket Vine looks excellent in hanging baskets on a shady balcony or patio. Putting it at eye-level will show off its thickly leaved trailing vines with vibrant lipstick-red flowers.
15cm – 20cm seasonal