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This trailing indoor plant grows long and fast with regular feeding, Just like a bright red lipstick adds the final touch to an outfit, so too does the lip stick plant with its glossy green foliage & red or orange flowers.

The Red Lipstick Plant, or Aeschynanthus Radicans, is a vibrant, trailing houseplant perfect for adding a splash of color to New Zealand homes. Ideal for hanging baskets, this plant thrives under bright, indirect light but should be kept away from direct sunlight to avoid leaf scorch. It prefers temperatures between 65-85°F (18-29°C), making it suitable for typical indoor environments. However, it should be protected from temperatures below 50°F (10°C)​​​​​​.

When it comes to watering, the Lipstick Plant likes consistent moisture but despises waterlogged conditions. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out before watering again. Terracotta pots are recommended due to their porous nature, promoting better evaporation and preventing fungal issues. Remember, this plant loves high humidity, typical of its tropical origin, so regular misting or a pebble tray can help meet its needs​​​​.

Soil for the Lipstick Plant should drain well. A mix combining regular potting soil, peat, and perlite is ideal. Ensure the pot has adequate drainage holes to prevent standing water. For best flowering results, feed your plant with a balanced, diluted houseplant fertilizer every four weeks during spring and summer, reducing to once a month in cooler months​​​​.

Propagation is straightforward; stem cuttings can be placed in water until roots form, then potted in suitable soil. Remember to prune regularly to promote bushier growth and more blooms. This plant also benefits from being repotted every 2-3 years, especially if it has outgrown its current container or the soil has degraded​​​​.

With its non-toxic nature, the Red Lipstick Plant is safe and appealing for homes with pets and small children. By meeting its care requirements, you can enjoy the beautiful cascading vines and tubular red blooms that give this plant its name, adding a tropical flair to your NZ home. For New Zealand plant enthusiasts, this easy-care plant can be a perfect addition to an indoor plant collection, aligning with the climate and indoor environment typical in NZ homes.


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