Propagating the Lipstick plant (Aeschynanthus)
How do you propagate a Lipstick plant?
The Lipstick plant, or Aeschynanthus, is very easy to care for. Always keep the plant slightly moist and you don’t have to worry about it. Do you want the plant to look a little fuller? Then you can cut the Lipstick plant.
The propagation of the Lipstick plant is very simple. Although unfortunately you need some patience. Before roots develop, you can be a few months away! But, then you also have some.
Propagating the Lipstickplant in 4 steps
1. Clean your scissors
The most convenient is to cut the Lipstick plant with scissors. In this way you can easily cut the cutting loose and work in a more targeted way.
We do recommend that you clean the scissors well in advance. Use disinfectant or pure alcohol.
2. Cut the cuttings loose
It is best to choose a young stem from the mother plant. We recommend to cut more than one stem. The cutting of the Lipstick plant is unfortunately not always successful.
Cut a stem that has at least 3 leaves attached to it. Then remove the bottom leaf.
3. Repot the cuttings
Do you have any cutting powder at hone? Apply some cutting powder to the wounds of the cuttings and to the mother plant. Let the powder dry well.
If you don’t have any cutting powder, that’s no problem. Although the application of cutting powder can promote root growth.
Put the stems in a flowerpot with fresh potting soil.
4. Wait for it.
A lot of time goes by before roots develop at the cuttings of Lipstick plant. It takes about two months before roots have actually developed on the cutting.
Despite the fact that the root growth of the cuttings is very slow, the cutting of the Lipstick plant has several advantages. Thanks to the cuttings you ensure that the houseplant rejuvenates. The cuttings will also promote new growth in places where the plant no longer flowers.