Houseplant Care Tips

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Friday, July 20, 2007

Lipstick Plant Care

Common Name: Lipstick Plant
Scientific Name: Aeschynanthus species
Lighting: Bright Light
Watering: Moderate

The Lipstick Plant is characterized by green foliage with bright red, tubular flowers. Many times the Lipstick Plant does best in a hanging basket due to its cascading and arching foliage. Many varieties of Aeschynanthus are available as houseplants. Some are more compact while others have different sized flowers. All of which can be called Lipstick Plants.

The Lipstick Plant is related to African violets and Cape Primrose, thus it too requires higher humidity levels. So give your plant a daily misting to help provide it with the humidity it prefers. If the leaves begin to brown and dry out or flowers turn black, the plant is not receiving enough humidity.

The Lipstick Plant does best when provided with bright, indirect light. Do not allow this houseplant to be in a lot of direct sunlight. It can burn the foliage, especially in younger plants.

This houseplant can be quite particular in terms of its water requirements. Keep the soil moist at all times, however not soggy. Be sure to keep the soil moist, you do not want it to dry out. If the leaves begin to fall off, it may not be receiving enough water. In winter months, you have to provide a little more attention to this houseplant. Water the plant less than in the summer. Due to the shorter light levels in the winter, the plant doesn't work as hard, thus giving your plant the same water levels as the summer can actually over water your plant.

The Lipstick Plant's blooming times and size depend on the pot size you use. If you would like your houseplant to focus on new growth, keep it in a larger pot size. However it you are satisfied with the size, having the plant root bound will help the plant to bloom.

Overall this plant is a low maintenance plant. The drama it adds to a room makes it well worth it.


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great information! Thank you!!

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about a leggy lipstick plant that has NEVER bloomed? Moist soil, indirect light, all seemed to be right... :(


11:25 AM  
Blogger drayas said...


How root bound is your plant? Is it in a fairly large pot or is it more crowded? Typically, having the plant root bound will help the plant to bloom.

Other than that, you could also fertilize once a month with a general houseplant food and see if that works.

Please let me know how things work out.


9:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info on lipstick plant. Your article was easy to understand and answered all my questions.

8:55 AM  
Anonymous wickwill said...

nice simple info and very informative .

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Joseph said...

This plant can grow easily in Asian. Too hot and direct sun will burn the foliage. My father managed to grow lipstick plant them under shade.

8:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was given a lipstick plant from my mother in law which already has one bloom...very pretty:) My mother gave me one she had the other day with no blooms...but they are different. The one with the bloom has bright green leaves that are close together and the one with no blooms had a darker leaf spaced further apart and a little more rubbery...she said she has never had a bloom on it but gave a peice to a friend who says she has gotten blooms. My question is, are these both a lipstick plant? are there diff kinds?

10:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like one plant is the lipstick plant and the other a goldfish plant -- the leaves are different and so are the blossoms. To get them to bloom, feed them and use "filtered" water. Neither of them like water that has floride in them. Keep water moist do not let them dry out and in a well lighted location but not in direct sunlight. Feed once a month lightly -- If they are rootbound and have the right amount of food and water they should bloom for you!

9:11 PM  
Anonymous ATisch said...

Regarding the person who asked if there are different plants called 'Lipstick plant'. There are several. The most common plant is Aeschynanthus radicans. Several of the over 150 species that comprise Aeschynanthus have similar flowers and are also referred to as Lipstick plants. A. speciosus, micranthus and longicaulis are but a few. In addition several species of the genus Columnea (e.g. linearis), have very similar flowers and are sometimes referred to as Lipstick plants. There are different cultivars and of Aeschynanthus that have differing appearance including flower color. Lastly there are many hybrids among different Aeschynanthus species that could (rightly or wrongly) also be called Lipstick plants. Happy gardening.

6:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our plant has actually developed a smell resembling body odor; it's up near the soil. Any advice?

4:45 PM  
Blogger nanaboop said...

You were one of the few sites that gave me the information I was looking for on my Lipstick Plant. Thank you so much.

9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will the lipstick plant do well outdoors in the summer if not in direct sunlight??

2:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've had 3 lipstick plants out on my east-facing porch for the past 3 summers and they've done beautifully, even the one that gets morning sun. Water carefully without getting the foliage wet so they don't get sunspots. Last year I repotted in bigger pots and didn't get many blooms--will keep them more potbound this year. They seemed pretty forgiving of drying out, actually.

10:02 AM  
Anonymous Petri said...

I just put my lipstick plant in the bathroom, it's early January n i am seriously worried about my plant dying. Leaves have been falling along with my spirits, I really love this plant!

Love the lipstick

10:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A friend recently gave me a start of a plant that she called a Diving Dolphin. It is much smaller than my Lipstick plant but has similar qualities. I am wondering if this is another name or another variety of the lipstick plant?

1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone now if my lipstick plant can be propogated please?

4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of the leaves on my lipstick plant are wilting. Does this mean I'm overwatering or underwatering? Thanks, Jeanie

11:47 AM  
Blogger GlendaRae said...

My lipstick plant has blooms on it all year around. Now it has a white ball about the size of a dime.It doesn't look like any other blooms that I have ever seen on it. What is it???

8:23 PM  
Anonymous solome said...

For anonymous about the plant that a friend called a diving dolfin, it is most likely a goldfish plant, they are similar. Hy lipstick is gorgeous, if it blooms, it will be a bonus, but it is beautiful without blooms.

6:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My lipstick plant is 5 years old and has never flowered but it has long spikes growing straight out.What are these things and will it ever flower? It is very healthy looking.would love to have some answers.

10:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


6:22 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

My lipstick plant bloomed twice years ago. I neglected it and it almost died. I brought it back and it was fine but not blooming for a year now. All Of a suddenly the leaves are growing in white. What does that mean?

6:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have had my lipstick plant now for almost 2 years..I have it facing South near a window in a large pot..Usually once every two weeks I soak it in lukewarm water for about 20 mins. and spray it down with water. It blooms about every six weeks with lots of lovely flower. So far really happy with it. Oh! I sometimes gave it some plant food. BD

1:17 PM  
Anonymous Aunty Canary said...

Bother! I've just put it in a BIGGER pot. I'll just have to wait a little longer for flowers. Thanks anyway, very informative.

4:07 AM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

I rec'd a huge lipstick plant from my Aunt who was moving out of state. After bring it home, it began to die rather quickly. I managed to save some of it, I have some leaves turning purple & it hasn't bloomed since, any advice?
Thank you for your time...

12:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My lipstick plant ยด(Robin) flowered vigorously after having been repotted earlier in the year but since then the flowers form but then drop off before actually flowering. The plant looks very healthy and gets lots of buds on the ends of all shoots but that is as far as it goes except for a few flowers. Any suggestions as to what I need to do, please?

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have started many lipstick plants just by taking cuttings, take the leaves off the bottom part and put in water til roots appear. You may also put cutting in a small pot with potting soil. Have had good luck both ways. Just experment, have fun.

3:20 PM  
Anonymous Diana said...

My lipstick plant is loosing its leaves.I have it near a window so it gets sunlight.I live up in the North East.I maybe overwatered it.Any advise would be helpful.thank you

4:35 PM  
Blogger Tony Montes said...

My lipsticks flowers are very boring! I thought they were the remains of spent flowers but eventually realized those were the flowers. They are green and have only a slight dark brown color inside before they fall off. Is there anything I can feed them to enhance the flower color? I just added bloom fertilizer last week but so far no improvement :-(

6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for your information, I just bought one yesterday.

7:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know where to purchase a Lip Stick Plant??I have been to several Nurseries in Valley region of Va, but they have no idea what I am talking about...Can they be ordered and shipped?

3:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of the leaves on my lipstick plant are wilting. Does this mean I'm overwatering or underwatering

6:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

heyahigI got my lipstick plant (or broken piece off another plant) by picking it up off the concrete floor of a Walmart. I asked the janitor what he was going to do with it, he said "garbage it", so I took it, cut the end off clean and rooted it. I now have a year-old plant in my sheltered west bathroom that blooms beautifully nearly all the time. Love it! The blooms really do look like a lipstick tube slowly being pushed up for use.

8:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Found 2 leaves on a stem on the concrete floor in a Wallmart. Rooted it and now have a lovely plant in the west window of my bathroom that blooms most of the time. Blooms really do look like a lipstick tube and slowly show the lipstick. Love it. It's nearly a year old now.

8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My plant has never bloomed and it isnt curly anymore either? Otherwise appears healthy although leggy?

11:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why are the leaves turning purple on my lipstick plant?

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My plant has produced flowers twice from leaves. Meaning the leaf comes out, turns red, gets the stamen and is as gorgeous as the flowers that come out. I hear this is quite unusual. Thoughts?

4:59 PM  
Blogger lynn said...

I have a curly leaf or 'rasta' lipstick and I was told to cut the ends off to get it to bloom if all else fails. I did it and it worked. Now it blooms all the time! I tried clipping the ends off my regular lipstick plant and it did not respond at all. I don't know how to get it to bloom.

3:04 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Logees online is the only place I could get one. Got my initial one at Lowe's though. Haven't seen another since.

12:29 PM  

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