Aeschynanthus speciosus originally comes from Southeast Asia where it grows as an epiphyte on the branches of trees in the rain forest. Being an epiphyte, it does not live as a parasite on the tree, but takes nourishment from fallen leaves and twigs that accumulate in the crevices of branches.
Blooming Time: Summer. Flowers are orange and up to 4 inches tall by 1 inch across.
Culture: Aeschynanthus speciosus is an epiphyte that needs a porous compost, (2 parts peat moss to 1 part loam to 1 part sharp sand or perlite). The plant should get plenty of light, but not direct sunlight. Water the plant often during the growing season, it can tolerate slight drying out in between waterings. Fertilize every other week during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer dilute to ½ the strength recommended on the label. Do not fertilize and water more sparingly during the rest period. Repot the plant in Spring, this should be done every 2-3 years or when the compost compacts.
Propagation: Aeschynanthus speciosus are propagated in Spring by cuttings 4-6 inches long, placed in sand with a bottom temperature of 72-75 degrees.
Aeschynanthus speciosus was featured as Plant of the Week August 6-13, 1999.
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