How to Grow Lipstick Rasta Hoya Plants


Native to the Malaysian rainforests, the lipstick rasta hoya plant will grow indoors for years if cared for properly. The plant will give blooms that resemble a tube of lipstick, hence the name. The leaves of the plant turn a purplish color underneath as the plant matures. The plant is usually grown in a hanging planter because the vines will become long as the plant grows.

Step 1

Plant the lipstick rasta hoya in a hanging basket with a light, sandy soil mixed with peat moss and humus. The container should have proper drainage holes in the bottom so that the roots do not sit in wet and soggy soil.

Step 2

Hang the plant in a window with indirect sunlight. A north window will work very well for a lipstick plant because the plant has light, but not direct sunlight. The ideal temperature is between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 3

Water the plant regularly. Try not to let the soil dry out completely between waterings. For humidity, use a misting bottle to dampen the leaves once a week.

Step 4

Fertilize the plant monthly using a simple houseplant fertilizer.

Step 5

Prune the plant back after the blooming season, which is during the later part of summer and into early fall. Cut off stems that have few leaves and crawlers that can take nutrients away from the good stems and flowers.

Things You'll Need

  • Lipstick rasta hoya plant
  • Hanging basket
  • Light, sandy soil with peat moss and humus
  • Water
  • Misting bottle
  • Houseplant fertilizer


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