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Topic: Houseplants & Indoor Gardening
Posted by Leslie McC (firstname.lastname@example.org) from Western KY on 2002-02-12 15:37:57
All advise is greatly appreciated!!
lipstick plantLipstick plant is aeschynanthus lobbianus. Indoors it needs lots of bright indirect light with a couple of hours of direct sunlight. Keep the soil moderately moist at all times, but not wet for extended periods. It also prefers warm temps above 60 degrees. It will get leggy if it is not pruned regularly. The best time to prune is when there are no buds in formation. Prune the longest stems back to several inches above the soil. Remember, the new growth will start at the point that you cut back to, so you should cut back pretty far to produce fullness in the center of the plant.
Posted by Will Creed from NYC on 2002-02-15 20:16:37
The repotting is the likely reason yours is not flowering. Nearly all flowering plants will not bloom until they have filled the pot with roots.
Please let me know if you have any additional questions.
Will Creed, Horticulturist
Horticultural Help, NYC
Quoting Leslie McC: ------------
-I purchased a lipstick plant and it was doing well until I took it home from work for repotting. It almost died. At the time I didn't have much light in my house. When I returned it to its favorite window at work it has more than doubled in size and doing great. That has been over a year ago. My problem is I can't get it to bloom. What do I need to do? Do they only bloom a certain time of the year? And I can't find much information on the web about my plant either. Could it go by another name?
-All advise is greatly appreciated!!