Aeschynanthus radicans ‘Rasta’

Lipstick plant

Aeschynanthus radicans ‘Rasta’ is a wonderful hanging houseplant that will adorn any brightly lit spot in your home.

A wonderful addition to any room, the Lipstick Plant will reward you time and time again with wonderful bright red flowers.

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Origin: Malay Peninsula and Java island, cultivar of horticultural origin
Genus: Aeschynanthus
Species / Cultivar: radicans 'Rasta'
Common Name: Lipstick plant

Plant Biography

Aeschyanthus is a group of more than 150 species and countless cultivars that are native to tropical forests of South East Asia. The genus name comes from a contraction of aischuno (to be ashamed) and anthos (flower). The Latin specific epithet radicans means “with stems that take root”, an indication of the fact that the plant is an epiphyte.

In the wild, the flowers are pollinated by sunbirds, which can reach down the tubular flowers for nectar.

The ‘Rasta’ variety of the Lipstick plant have an elliptic shape and are tightly curled under with adjacent leaf pairs perpendicular to one another.

Aeschynanthus 'Rasta'
Light: Bright Indirect
This plant likes sun, but keep out of direct sunlight. Best placed in an area near a window.
Soil: Indoor Potting Mix
Enjoys moist well drained soil with composted organics and some drainage material.
Growth Rate: Fast
Capable of prolific growth, especially during growing season.
Water Requirement: Regular Watering
Water when soil surface is dry to the touch. Water must draining easily away.
Humidity: Medium
Easygoing in regular home conditions, keep away from cold draughts and heat sources.
Maintenance: Low
Requires no attention beyond correct position and watering. An ideal starter plant!

Expert Tip

Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

The Lipstick plant is a perfect plant for hanging baskets. Make sure to keep the plant in a bright spot, but avoid direct sunlight.

Fertilise every other month with a weak solution of houseplant fertiliser or mist with a foliar fertiliser (like an orchid myst solution) as the plant will absorb nutrients through the leaves and stalks.

To make the plant look fuller in the pot, take cuttings from longer vines and plant them back in the pot immediately. They will root through very fast while the cut vine will branch out.

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