Lipstick Plant does well in hanging baskets or other containers where the vines can hang freely and flower prolifically. This houseplant is named for the bright red flowers that look like small tubes of lipstick. They are an easy going houseplant that requires occasion watering and bright, indirect light. Lipstick Plant has glossy, light green leaves and a trailing, cascading habit. Flowers are terminal, opening gradually in clusters on the ends of the branches.
Growing Zone: 9-11
Mature Height: 6″ – 8″
Mature Width: 24″ – 30″
Classification: Prominent Flower
Sunlight: Bright, indirect light
Flower Color: Maroon and bright red, 2 parts
Foliage: Green, glossy
Soil Condition: Likes to dry out occasionally
Water Require: Likes to dry out between watering
Uses: Especially attractive in hanging baskets or in plant stands
Does Not Ship To: AK, AZ, CA, HI, OR, WA
Lipstick Plants are known for their maroon flower that appears on the ends of the branches. As the true flower starts to emerge, the flower looks like a tube of lipstick. The petals of the flower are spotted with maroon and yellow, and are very attractive as well. Lipstick Plants flowers readily, requiring minimal conditions to be healthy and happy. They are easy to propagate, and do especially well in hanging baskets or plant stands where the flower can be admired. The foliage is bright green and waxy, making Lipstick Plant attractive when it’s not flowering. It prefers to be in plenty of bright, indirect light and likes to dry out somewhat between watering. It’s a low maintenance houseplant that rewards its keepers with pretty, tubular blooms.
Light Requirement of Lipstick Plant:
Indoors, Lipstick Plant needs bright, indirect light from a windowsill. Northern or eastern facing windows would be ideal conditions, the perfect amount of light to encourage bud and bloom production. A shaded western or southern window might work as long as no strong, direct sun touches the leaves. Direct sun will burn the leaves while too little light prevents the plant from flowering.
Watering Lipstick Plant:
Lipstick Plant likes to dry out occasionally between watering. It does not like to stay or sit in water or get too dry. Lipstick Plants that are watered too often usually rot, meaning the plants will die. Originally from tropical conditions, Lipstick Plant does like high humidity. Pebble trays or having the plant in the kitchen or bathroom which are normally more humid work well.
Fertilizing Lipstick Plant:
Any all purpose fertilizer will work for Lipstick Plants. Indoor houseplant fertilizers fall into two groups: water soluble, liquid quick release, and granular, slow release fertilizers. Jack’s Classic Indoor plant food works well as a powder, quick release fertilizer that is mixed with water to quickly provide nutrients to a plant that has been in a container for an extended time. On the other hand, Biotone Starter or Osmocote Indoor/Outdoor is an option as a granular, slow release fertilizer that can be applied while potting and planting. Any type of fertilizer offers nutrients that help plants with the transition to a new environment. We offer a one year warranty on our plants when you purchase Bio-tone at checkout and use it per label instructions. Any of these fertilizers may be used when planting Lipstick Plants.
The best fertilizer for Lipstick Plant that encourages blooming is Jack’s Classic Blossom Booster.
Best Growing Soil for Lipstick Plant:
Lipstick Plant needs a soil, and prefers to have slightly moist conditions. Regular potting mix with sphagnum moss added or African Violet potting mix works well.
History and Naming of Lipstick Plant:
Originally from Malaysia, Lipstick Plant is technically an epiphyte, living in the branches of trees without soil. These plants do not mind staying root bound, in fact they are more likely to flower when they’re kept in small containers. Pruning after the Lipstick Plant flowers encourages the plant to stay compact and bushy, and the cuttings are the easiest way to propagate the plants. The flowers are relatively long lasting for houseplants, and take their time opening one by one.
Aeschynanthus radicans is the Latin name for Lipstick Plant. Aeschynanthus comes from a combination of aischuno, to be ashamed, and anthos flower. Radicans means that the plant roots from its stems.