Lipstick Plant Japhrolepis
Aeschynanthus Japhrolepis, aka Lipstick Plant Japhrolepis, has slender, glossy, bright green leaves and produces bright clusters of red, tubular flowers, from which it gets its name. When the flowers bloom, they protrude from their dark-coloured tubes, as if you were opening a new shade of lipstick.
They should not be in a position to see the sun directly, although early morning or late evening sun is fine. Filtered sunlight through a sheer curtain is best and most homes are comprised primarily of indirect sunlight. The best spot for them is where they do not see the sun during the majority of the day but still get bright, indirect light.
They will thrive in bright light, but also can tolerate medium light. A good medium-light place in your home would be in the middle of a room that has a regular size window. They can be placed anywhere between the middle of the room and the window. Remember that plants will grow based on how much light they receive.
They need to be watered when the top half of the soil is dry to the touch. That usually takes about 1 week in an average home environment. It will vary depending on the time of year, your environment and lighting conditions, but it's always safer to underwater or give the soil a check before you water again. Expect to water more often in brighter light and less often in lower light.
They will do well in average humidity environments but will appreciate a little bit of humidity if provided, give them a mist daily or get a humidifier.
If your lipstick vine is not blooming, consider moving it to a spot where it will receive brighter light, as that is one of the main factors in getting them to bloom successfully. Make sure the room it is in is consistently warm, otherwise, cooler temperatures can lead to leaf loss. Also, when watering, use lukewarm water so as to avoid burning the leaves with cold water.
The plant comes with a default nursery pot. The nursery pot is usually 0.5" - 1" smaller than stated to fit into the same size decorative pot. Washable Paper Planter Bags are sold separately.
As with all living things, no two plants are alike. There is some natural variation in size, shape, and characteristics. We make every effort to bring you a plant that as closely as possible matches the plant as it appears on our website, in the size you have chosen, and have a good potential to happily grow in your home.