Aeschynanthus marmoratus, aka Aeschynanthus longicaulis, Zebra Vine or Black Pagoda Lipstick Plant, is a unique houseplant with semi-succulent leaves that have electric green veins throughout. The contrasting purple undersides of each green leaf adds to the overall beauty as well. An incredibly easy houseplant to care for, these beauties will be trailing in no time, showing off stunning orange blooms every so often.
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 do well in medium light but will grow faster with brighter light. A good medium-light place in your home would be in the middle of a room that has a regular size 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 plant is not flowering, move it to a location that receives brighter, indirect light, although morning sun or afternoon sun will be just fine, this will support a blooming period. Avoid any harsh, midday sun as this will burn the foliage.
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.