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LIPSTICK - Aeschynanthus

Considered by plant lovers to be one of the most fabulous hanging plants. The lipstick vine, when blooming is a sight to see. It is covered with red lipstick like flowers 2 to 3 inches long.

LIGHT: Lipstick vines like to be kept in a bright location but avoid direct sunlight.

WATER: Keep soil evenly moist during the summer and reduce water in the winter.

TEMPERATURE: Average summer temperatures are fine but they like to be kept a little cooler in the winter, with a minimum temperature of 55 degrees. Fertilize every 3 to 4 weeks during the growing season.

To get them to bloom year after year they need to have a good amount of humidity and a bright area during the growing season and they MUST HAVE a period of rest during the winter when you reduce watering and keep them around 60 degrees.

You can prune scraggly stems right after flowering is finished, use these cuttings to propagate new plants.

These plants are readily available in 8" hanging baskets and sometimes in 6" hanging baskets.