Aeschynanthus radicans - Lipstick Plant
Gesneriaceae

Aeschynanthus radicans

Aeschynanthus radicans is an epiphyte that grows in the angles of branches in the rain forest. As with all epiphytes, the lipstick plant does not live as a parasite on the tree, but takes its nourishment from fallen leaves and twigs that accumulate in the crevices of branches. It is native to the Malaysian peninsula.

Blooming Time: May-August The red flowers are long and tubular, and grow in clusters.

Culture: Aeschynanthus radicans need plenty of light, but not direct sunlight. They thrive in summer heat and winter temperatures should not drop below 60 degrees. The compost should consist of 2 parts peat moss to 1 part sand. Water and fertilize the plant often during the growing season and mist it regularly. It can tolerate slight drying-out in between waterings. Water sparingly during the winter rest period.

Propagation: Aeschynanthus radicans is propagated by cuttings with bottom heat of 72-75 degrees.

Aeschynanthus radicans was featured as Plant of the Week June 2-8, 2000.

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