Reviving the Lipstick Rasta Plant

Overview

The lipstick plant, known botanically as Aeschynanthus radicans, is a flowering tropical evergreen houseplant. Its name is derived from the red to coral orange blooms that resemble the shape and waxy texture of a lipstick. It has long, cascading branches that bloom freely all year long. It prefers certain light and moisture conditions in the home, and when these are out of balance, the plant will suffer.

Step 1

Feel the surface of the soil and again at 3 inches down. Lipstick plant like lightly moist but not consistently wet soil. If the soil feels dry or barely moist at 3 inches down, water the soil until drenched. as it is like suffering drought stress. It the soil feels very moist to wet on the surface, don't water again until the surface feels somewhat dry to the touch. Lipstick plants cannot tolerate over-watering, so make sure to empty the saucer under the pot after each watering to make sure the pot is not sitting in pooled water.

Step 2

Prune away any dead, damaged, discolored, diseased or otherwise compromised foliage back to a point of healthy tissue.

Step 3

Evaluate the growing location of the plant. Lipstick plant requires very bright indirect light or morning sun and afternoon shade. Full sun, particularly in a window, can scorch and overheat the plant. Adjust the location of the plant as needed, if needed.

Step 4

Feed your lipstick plant with a mild, water soluble, complete indoor plant food with a guaranteed analysis of 10-10-10. Slow- or quick-release formulas will work. Mix with water and apply according to the product label dosing directions at the recommend interval. Err on the side of less fertilizer if in doubt and never more, as this will only exacerbate stress on the plant and delay its recovery.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Water-soluble indoor plant food 10-10-10
  • Scissors or secateurs

References

  • Texas A&M University: Lipstick Plant Aeschynanthus radicans
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