How to care for lipstick plant

Aeschynanthus radicans, or lipstick plants, are epiphytic vines native to Malaysia. Epiphytes are plants that grow in the crotches and crevices of trees and rocks, but they do not eat their hosts. In reality, the debris that collects around the base of lipstick plants serves as a source of moisture and nutrients for the plants. 

They can be grown outside in USDA Hardiness Zones 10 and 11, but they are most commonly grown as houseplants everywhere else. Hanging plants with 1- to 3-foot long vining stems are suitable for bright, sunny spaces. Lipstick plants grow bright red flowers that mimic a tube of red lipstick just before they open when they are thriving in their climate and are well cared for.

1) Use crushed charcoal and African violet potting soil. Since lipstick plants are native to damp forest soil, the best potting soil for them is a sphagnum-based mix that is kept moist but not soggy. A commercially available mix for lipstick plants is African violet potting mix with crushed charcoal.

2) Place the plant in a bright, but not direct sunlight, location. Hang the plant next to a south or west-facing window, and put a sheer curtain between the plant and the window. Indirect light is preferred by lipstick plants, but it must also be very solid. This will assist them in blossoming.

3) During the spring, summer, and fall, keep the room temperature between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Maintain a humidity level in the space of 25 to 49 percent. To allow the plant to grow new flower buds in the winter, keep the room temperature closer to 65 °F (18 °C).Hang the plant away from any heating or air conditioning vents, as well as any doorways where it would be exposed to cold draughts during the winter.

4) During the spring, summer, and fall, water the plant with “aged” room-temperature water. Tap water that has been sitting in an open container for at least 24 hours is known as aged water. Allowing it to sit for a few minutes helps the chlorine to dissipate. When the top of the potting mix starts to dry, water the plant with aged water. Lipstick plants prefer to be watered thoroughly, so pour the water uniformly over the soil until it starts to drain from the bottom of the pot. 

5) When you water the vine, make sure the catch saucer underneath it is empty. Water should never be left in the saucer because it can soak back into the potting mix and drown the roots.

6) Shortly after the lipstick plant has finished blooming, prune it out. Pruning promotes the growth of new, stable stems and leaves. Trim the stems to around 6 inches in length (15 cm). Make a cut directly above a leaf with sharp scissors or hand pruners. Trim the longest vines down to as little as 2 inches if the lipstick plant starts to look straggly, which may be caused by over- or under-watering or exposure to draughts.

Lipstick plants have several benefits such as, it boosts your mood, increases productivity, improves concentration and adds to creativity. Lipstick plants also reduce your stress, fatigue, sore throats and cold. It adds life to sterile space, gives privacy and reduces noise levels.

Lipstick plants are available here on our store, along with baskets. It is available with buy now pay later option along with a money back guarantee.

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