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, which give it its nickname of lipstick plant.
The lipstick plant prefers bright indirect light but can tolerate some shade in hot climates. It should be kept consistently moist with humidity levels between 40-50%. 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! There are two common methods for propagating this species: stem cuttings and root division .
- Stem Cuttings:
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 .
- Root Division: