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Aeschynanthus speciosus, Basket Plant, Lipstick Plant

Aeschynanthus speciosus

Basket Plant, Lipstick Plant
Family: Gesneriaceae
Origin: Southeast Asia
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftVine or creeperSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeEpiphyteModerate waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersYellow, orange flowers

Aeschynanthus speciosus is a species of flowering plant native to tropical rainforests. It is known for its large, fleshy, dark green leaves and colorful flowers, which can be red, crimson, or vinous in color, with yellow or orange interiors.

In cold regions, this plant can be grown in containers and brought indoors during the winter. To prepare the pot, mix equal parts potting soil, peat moss, and perlite, and keep the soil moist. During the growing season, fertilize the plant every two weeks. In USDA Zone 9-11, it can be grown in full sun and should be watered once a week.

Aeschynanthus speciosus is an excellent choice for hanging or trailing plants, and is suitable for a greenhouse, sunroom, or conservatory. It thrives in high humidity and warmth, and requires strong, indirect light. As a groundcover, it can be planted up to two feet apart in shade or semi-shade. It blooms from late spring to fall.


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Aeschynanthus speciosus, Basket Plant, Lipstick Plant
Aeschynanthus speciosus, Basket Plant, Lipstick Plant


Link to this plant:
https://toptropicals.com/catalog/uid/aeschynanthus_speciosus.htm

Aeschynanthus speciosus - Lipstick Plant

Aeschynanthus speciosus is perhaps the most spectacular species within its genus. Flowers may be 4 inch long, are orange with the inside of the mouth orange-yellow and with a dark red bar across the lower lobes which also have scarlet borders. The plant is displayed to best advantage in a hanging basket, where the broad surface area allows the trailing stems to root down at intervals and send out abundant side-shoots, perfect as hanging or trailing plant.
These plants require high humidity and warmth throughout the growing season, as well as strong, but not direct, light. These plants are perfect for a greenhouse, sunroom or conservatory.
Perfect for hanging baskets/pots to best display their lovely cascading stems and attractive flowers or in containers placed on a pedestal or windowsill. The plant can be kept in a bathroom window sill or kitchen for increased humidity.

RECOMMENDED FERTILIZER:
SUNSHINE Robusta - Rapid Growth Booster
This item is certified for shipping to California.
Grown in
4-6" pot