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Lipstick plant

Lipstick plant

The Aeschynanthus. A special specimen with striking flowers. The flowers resemble dark red tubes, where a bright red stick emerges. Just like a lipstick. That's why the plant is also called the Lipstick plant. Originally the plant comes from the humid forests of Asia, but also on the Himalayas and in Indonesia are its roots. The somewhat tricky name of the houseplant, Aeschynanthus, is a Latin name. Which also means shame and flower. Because this is also how the Lipstick plant is known to us, as Shame Red.

Lipstick plant

The Aeschynanthus. A special specimen with striking flowers. The flowers resemble dark red tubes, where a bright red stick emerges. Just like a lipstick. That’s why the plant is also called the Lipstick plant. Originally the plant comes from the humid forests of Asia, but also on the Himalayas and in Indonesia are its roots. The somewhat tricky name of the houseplant, Aeschynanthus, is a Latin name. Which also means shame and flower. Because this is also how the Lipstick plant is known to us, as Shame Red.

Lipstick plant

The Aeschynanthus. A special specimen with striking flowers. The flowers resemble dark red tubes, where a bright red stick emerges. Just like a lipstick. That’s why the plant is also called the Lipstick plant. Originally the plant comes from the humid forests of Asia, but also on the Himalayas and in Indonesia are its roots. The somewhat tricky name of the houseplant, Aeschynanthus, is a Latin name. Which also means shame and flower. Because this is also how the Lipstick plant is known to us, as Shame Red.

Indirect sunlight

Water once a week

No air-purifying plant

1x a month plantnutrition

Not toxic

Repot once every 2 years

Indirect sunlight

Water once a week

No air-purifying plant

1x a month plantnutrition

Not toxic

Repot once every 2 years

How do you take care of a Lipstick plant?

The best location

The Lipstick plant is actually an ideal bathroom plant! She likes to stand in a warm and light spot. By warm we don’t mean heating. No, avoid dry air with the Lipstickplant! Dry air can be found especially in winter in the living room where the heating is on. The plant prefers to grow up in a room with high humidity. Such as that bathroom or bedroom. She also likes light. Although direct sunlight is not her best friend. So make sure there is indirect sunlight, or move her further away from the window. The Lipstick plant also likes to grow up as a hanging plant.

Watering the Lipstick plant

The plant may not look thirsty. Well, it is! She likes 2 sips of water a week in spring until after the summer. In winter you can finish this after once a week. The most important thing is to always leave her soil slightly moist. Always give small amounts of water and never too much! If there is too much water, the plant will not be able to absorb it and excess water will end up in the roots. If this happens, root rot can occur. In addition to watering, it is also a good idea to water the plant regularly with a plant sprayer. The Lipstick plant likes high humidity and will become more beautiful with some extra humidity.

Plant nutrition

The Lipstick plant needs little extra nutrition. Although it may be wise to feed the plant once a month from spring and summer onwards. It is best to give plant nutrition for flowering plants. Give 1/4th of the indicated dosage. The Lipstick plant does not need that much extra energy!

Repotting

It is necessary to repot the Lipstick plant every 2 years. And as soon as the plant grows out of its flowerpot of course! When repotting, choose new potting soil and, of course, a larger pot. It is important that the flowerpot is at least 20% larger than the previous one. This way you give the plant the chance to grow again. We recommend repotting the plant in the spring.

Air purifying function

Unfortunately, the Lipstick plant does not have an exceptionally strong air-purifying function. Not at all! Although, actually, all plants are air-purifying plants. One can do better than the other. The Lipstick plant also has stomata that open during the day and convert CO2 into oxygen. However, this is such a small amount that you won’t notice a thing.

Is the Lipstick plant poisonous?

Fortunately, the Lipstick plant is not known as poisonous. Though it is wise to be careful with pets and children. This applies to every plant. If you have eaten from the leaves of the Lipstick plant, please contact a doctor.

Diseases and peculiarities

The Lipstick plant is a very strong plant. She does not often suffer from diseases or particularities. However, it can occur that the houseplant suffers from aphids. You can prevent aphids by cleaning the leaves of the plant once in a while from dirt and dust. Is it too late and does the plant suffer from aphids? In that case you can use a chemical pesticide.

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