The vibrant, tubular flowers of the Aeschynanthus (Lipstick Plant) add a pop of colour and charm to any space. With the right care, you'll enjoy the unique beauty of this tropical plant year-round.
Light: Place your Lipstick Plant in bright, indirect light. It can tolerate some morning sun but avoid harsh afternoon sunlight. If the leaves start to fade, it might be an indication of too much light.
Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out before watering. During the growing season, water more frequently, and reduce watering in the winter when the plant is in a dormant phase.
Soil: Use a well-draining, lightweight potting mix. A mix designed for epiphytic plants or orchids is suitable. Ensure the pot has drainage holes to prevent water logging.
Temperature and Humidity: Maintain a temperature range of 60-75°F (15-24°C). Lipstick Plants appreciate higher humidity levels. You can increase humidity by misting the plant or placing a tray of water nearby.
Fertilizing: Feed your Lipstick Plant with a balanced liquid fertilizer every 2-4 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer).
Pruning: Prune your Aeschynanthus to encourage bushiness and remove any leggy growth. Pinch back the tips regularly. This helps maintain a compact and attractive shape.