Add texture to your hanging plant collection, with this glossy, shaggy vining plant. If given the correct care, Lipstick Plants product bright flower clusters which offset the waxy green leaves. When these vivid red blossoms emerge, they do so from a dark maroon bud reminiscent of a tube of lipstick - hence the common name, Lipstick Plant.
The Aeschynanthus japhrolepis is native to tropical regions of Southeast Asia where it grows from tree branches (making it an epiphytic plant). Lipstick Plants are easy to look after and with the right care you will be rewarded with flowers year after year.
When it comes to caring for Lipstick Plants, make sure yours gets enough filtered sunlight and is watered regularly (around once a week in spring-summer and once every 10 days in winter).
Growing pot size: 17cm plus hanging hook. We advise buying a larger decorative pot size as the lip of the hanging pot makes it slightly bigger
Overall plant height including growing pot: 30-40cm
Pets: Pet friendly
Useful to know:
I am native to Malaysia and Indonesia.
My vines can grow up to 1m in length indoors, if cared for well.
I love bright light but not direct sunlight - it scorches my leaves.
I prefer my soil on the dry side but please never leave me totally dry. I can withstand a certain amount of drought but not overwatering so please don't let me sit in water. I'm also partial to regular misting.
I'm happy with normal room temperature but keep me away from hot or cold draughts, please.
Feed me with regular liquid fertiliser during spring and summer every 2-3 weeks.
The best time to prune me is after flowering season. Keep my stems from getting straggly to encourage thicker growth. Or, just pick off any dry leaves and let me grow wild!
The most common issue with me is leaf-drop - if more than the top inch of my soil is dry, please water me more. If you notice yellow leaves, I probably need more light.
Good news: I am pet-safe!
The name Aeschynanthus comes from the Greek contraction of aischuno (to be ashamed) and anthos (flower), so the literal translation is 'ashamed red flower'.