Learn how to care for lipstick plant. Lipstick plant care is simple, all it requires is a constantly warm temperature and humid surrounding to grow and thrive.
USDA Zones: 10 – 12
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Its leaves are green, ovate, opposite, waxy and somewhat succulent like. Arranged in long, tanned and thin branches. The inflorescence appears are terminal, with flowers of tubular corolla like a cylindrical cup, with colors ranging from bright red to purplish-brown. The flower resembles a lipstick and that’s why it is called “Lipstick Plant”. The flowers have a pungent aroma and are attractive to sunbirds and hummingbirds.
Lipstick Plant Propagation
Lipstick plant propagation can be done from cuttings or from seeds. Best propagation time is when the temperature is around 70 F (21 C).
Requirements for Growing Lipstick Plant
Must be grown in dappled shade, always protected from the direct sun but receiving bright indirect light. The location must not be windy or cool. Keep the plant above 60 F (15 C). It can be grown warm climates but in cool climates, you need to be careful as lipstick plant is not frost tolerant and likes to grow in constantly warm temperature between 65 to 85 F (18 – 30 C)
Once established do not change the location of plant again and again.
Grow it in a fertile, well-draining and airy substrate that is rich in humus, peat moss or cocopeat.
Water whenever the surface begins to dry. Soak the entire pot every time. Water regularly in summer to keep the root ball moist. In winter, reduce the watering. Be careful with watering in cooler climates, in winter watering should be almost suspended as it can cause root rot.
It prefers non-calcareous lukewarm water, best to water it with distilled water or rainwater if possible.
Lipstick Plant Care
Lipstick plant care is simple, all it requires is a constantly warm temperature and humid surrounding to grow and thrive.
Feed the plant once a month using 3-1-2 ratio liquid fertilizer, such as 9-3-6 diluted at half strength recommended. Make sure to water plant before fertilizing to avoid root burn. Stop fertilizing in late fall and resume again in early spring.
Prune it after it finishes flowering. Cut each branch to a length of about 6 inches using a sharp pair of scissors.
The tip of the branches should be pinched regularly to encourage dense growth.
Pests, Diseases and Problems during Lipstick Plant Care
Generally, it is not susceptible to diseases. Root rot is possible if the plant is overwatered in winter. In pests, it might be attacked by aphids, red spider mite, mealybugs and whiteflies.
If you’re growing lipstick plant indoors keep it moist but avoid excess watering. Place it on a ventilated place with good air circulation and bright indirect light.
Lipstick Plant Losing Leaves?
There are several reasons for falling leaves. A drop in temperature in winter, repeated cold drafts or lack of water or moisture may cause this problem. Also, note that lipstick plant does not like to be moved during the flowering period.