What is a Lipstick Plant?
The lipstick plant (Aeschynanthus radicans) is an evergreen, trailing houseplant native to the tropical regions of Southeast Asia. As its name implies, it has stunning tubular flowers that look like tiny tubes of lipstick! They come in shades of red, purple and orange and last for weeks at a time when properly cared for. The leaves are glossy green with white veining throughout, making this plant especially attractive both in flower or not. It grows well indoors in bright indirect light and prefers high humidity levels.
Propagating plants can be intimidating but with some patience and knowledge it’s actually quite easy to do! Propagating your own lipstick plant gives you more plants to admire or share with friends or family. With proper care, you should have plenty of little new cuttings ready after just a few months’ time! Here are some tips on how to propagate your own lipstick plant:
Step 1: Prepare Cuttings
First off, gather up some healthy stem cuttings from your existing lipstick plant using sharp scissors or pruners. Each cutting should be about 4-6 inches long with two sets of leaves near the top; make sure there are no buds present as this will inhibit rooting ability later on down the road. Remove any excess foliage from these cuttings before putting them aside until needed again shortly thereafter.
Step 2: Potting Soil & Watering
Next up is potting soil preparation – use a lightweight sandy soil mix specifically formulated for container gardens like African violets or succulents! Fill each small planter halfway full then lightly water so everything gets evenly dampened throughout – don’t forget that too much moisture can lead to root rot however so keep an eye out here if things seem overly wet/damp going forward into step three…