What is a Lipstick Plant?
A lipstick plant (Aeschynanthus radicans) is an evergreen perennial native to Southeast Asia. It’s also known as the “coral bract” or “flame vine” and grows vining stems that can reach up to 3 feet in length. The vivid red flowers are shaped like tubes with protruding stamens, giving it its lipstick plant nickname.
The lipstick plant prefers bright indirect light but can tolerate some shade in hot climates. It should be kept consistently moist, with 40-50% humidity levels. Keep soil evenly moist without allowing it to dry out completely. A well-draining soil mix and regular misting will help keep your lipstick plant thriving.
Propagating the lipstick plant is fairly easy and a great way to increase your collection for free! Two common methods for propagating this species are stem cuttings and root division.
Take stem cuttings from healthy plants in spring or summer when new growth appears on the stems; they should be at least 4 inches long with several leaves attached at the top end. Dip the cut end into rooting hormone powder before planting them into pots filled with damp potting mix; keep in mind that rooting hormones are optional but may speed up propagation time. Place your pots in bright indirect light and maintain consistent moisture levels throughout; you should begin seeing roots form within two weeks, although this could take longer depending on environmental factors such as temperature, light intensity, etc.. Once established, you can separate out individual rooted plants by carefully pulling them apart from their clump of roots.
In early spring or late fall, carefully remove a mature lipsticlkplant from its container by gently wiggling until it slides out then loosen all soil around its base using a trowel or spoon so you can clearly identify where each root mass begins and ends. Use sharp scissors/pruners to separate these distinct root masses then replant each one individually into containers filled with fresh potting mix; water thoroughly after replanting.. Root divisions have a higher success rate than stem cuttings since they’re established right away but require more effort than taking new shoots off existing plants because digging deep enough around their base is necessary first before separation
Propagating the lipstick plant requires patience due to its slow growth rate but if done correctly will reward green thumbs everywhere with plenty of lush foliage – not only does it look beautiful indoors but outside too! Propagate through either method mentioned above for maximum results – just remember proper care including adequate brightness/humidity levels must still be taken even after successful establishment has occurred for lasting health benefits