Aeschynanthus speciosus, Basket Plant, Lipstick Plant

Aeschynanthus speciosus

Basket Plant, Lipstick Plant
Family: Gesneriaceae
Origin: Southeast Asia
Groundcover and low-growing 2ft plantVine or creeper plantSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeModerate waterEpiphyte plantYellow, orange flowersRed, crimson, vinous 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

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