Lipstick plants (Aeschynanthus radicans) are beautiful and relatively easy-to-care-for houseplants. Here are some tips and tricks to help you grow and care for your lipstick plant:
- Lipstick plants prefer bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight, especially in the afternoon, as it can scorch the leaves.
- If your plant isn’t flowering, it might need more light. Consider moving it to a slightly brighter spot.
2. Temperature and Humidity:
- These plants thrive in warm and humid conditions. Try to maintain a temperature between 60-80°F (15-27°C).
- To increase humidity, you can mist the plant occasionally or place a humidifier nearby. Placing a shallow tray filled with water and pebbles near the plant can also help increase humidity.
- Allow the top inch of the soil to dry out before watering. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so it’s crucial not to let the plant sit in soggy soil.
- Water thoroughly and ensure the excess water drains out from the bottom of the pot. Empty the saucer under the pot to prevent the plant from standing in water.
- Use a well-draining, lightweight potting mix. Adding perlite or sand to a regular potting mix can improve drainage, preventing waterlogged soil.
- During the growing season (spring and summer), feed your lipstick plant every 2-4 weeks with a balanced liquid fertilizer diluted to half strength.
- Reduce feeding in fall and winter when the plant’s growth slows down.
- Prune your lipstick plant to control its size and shape. Regular pruning can also encourage bushier growth and more blooms.
- Remove dead or yellowing leaves and spent flowers to promote new growth.
- Lipstick plants are trailing vines and can become quite long. Provide support like a trellis or stake if you want to encourage an upright growth habit.
- Repot your lipstick plant every 2-3 years or when you notice it becoming root-bound. Choose a slightly larger pot and refresh the soil to provide the plant with fresh nutrients.
9. Pest and Disease Control:
- Keep an eye out for common houseplant pests like aphids, spider mites, and mealybugs. If you notice any, treat your plant promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil.
- Good airflow around the plant and not overwatering can prevent many common plant diseases.
- Lipstick plants typically bloom in the spring and summer. If your plant isn’t flowering, ensure it’s getting enough light and proper care. Sometimes, a change in its environment can trigger blooming.
Remember, every plant is unique, so observe your lipstick plant closely. Adjust your care routine based on its specific needs, and you’ll enjoy a healthy, vibrant, and flowering plant in your home.