The lipstick plant (Aeschynanthus radicans) is a popular tropical houseplant that is native to Southeast Asia. It gets its name from its distinctive tubular red flowers that resemble a tube of lipstick.
The plant has long, trailing stems with glossy, dark green leaves. It can grow up to 18 inches tall and 3 feet wide when allowed to trail or climb. The plant blooms throughout the year, with clusters of red or pink flowers that emerge from the leaf axils.
Lipstick plants prefer bright, indirect light. They can tolerate some morning or evening direct sunlight, but avoid exposing them to direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day, as it can scorch the leaves.
In low light conditions, the plant may become leggy or fail to bloom. Therefore, it's best to place your lipstick plant in a bright location, such as near a north or east-facing window, but not in direct sunlight.
Lipstick plants prefer consistently moist soil, but they are susceptible to root rot if they are overwatered. To avoid this, it's important to allow the soil to partially dry out between waterings. Water your lipstick plant when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch.
When you water, be sure to saturate the soil evenly and let the excess water drain away. Avoid letting the plant sit in standing water, as this can lead to root rot. During the growing season (spring and summer), you may need to water more frequently than during the dormant season (fall and winter).
It's also important to note that the plant's water requirements can vary depending on factors like temperature, humidity, and the size of the plant and its container. Therefore, it's a good idea to monitor the soil moisture regularly and adjust your watering routine as needed.
Lipstick plants prefer high humidity levels, which can be a challenge to provide in many indoor environments. Low humidity levels can cause the leaves to wilt or turn brown at the tips, so it's important to take steps to increase humidity around the plant.
You can increase humidity by misting the leaves regularly with a spray bottle, placing the plant on a tray filled with pebbles and water, or using a humidifier.
What size am I?
I come in a 15cm pot (The hanger is detachable)