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Help me identifiy this plant please!!

Help me identifiy this plant please!!
Posted by Jenna (mjlracing@aol.com) from Colorado on 2002-03-25 13:05:54

I have a plant in a hanging basket that was given to me by my aunt. It has fleshy small green leaves that tend to curl in. Some small red flowers have developed that are fuzzy and look like red rectangular lipsticks. The flowers are about 1.25 inches. The plant seems to be a fast grower and prefers bright light and lots of water. Any help with identification and care would be appreciated.
  • Lipstick plant
    Posted by Will Creed from NY on 2002-03-25 20:38:36

    You called it! You have a lipstick plant, aka Aeschynanthus lobbianus.

    To bloom, first, they need lots of bright light all year round, although they also need protection from direct sun in the midday hours. Second, they should be kept in small pots. Third they require warm temps, never below the mid 60's, even in winter. Fourth, keep the soil evenly moist - too much or too little water will discourage blooms. Finally, younger plants are better bloomers than older plants. Regular pruning will help keep them young. 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.


    Quoting Jenna: ------------
    -I have a plant in a hanging basket that was given to me by my aunt. It has fleshy small green leaves that tend to curl in. Some small red flowers have developed that are fuzzy and look like red rectangular lipsticks. The flowers are about 1.25 inches. The plant seems to be a fast grower and prefers bright light and lots of water. Any help with identification and care would be appreciated.

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    • test
      Posted by Rob from VT on 2002-09-10 10:38:16

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      Quoting Will Creed: ------------
      -You called it! You have a lipstick plant, aka Aeschynanthus lobbianus.

      -To bloom, first, they need lots of bright light all year round, although they also need protection from direct sun in the midday hours. Second, they should be kept in small pots. Third they require warm temps, never below the mid 60's, even in winter. Fourth, keep the soil evenly moist - too much or too little water will discourage blooms. Finally, younger plants are better bloomers than older plants. Regular pruning will help keep them young. 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.


      -Quoting Jenna: ------------
      -I have a plant in a hanging basket that was given to me by my aunt. It has fleshy small green leaves that tend to curl in. Some small red flowers have developed that are fuzzy and look like red rectangular lipsticks. The flowers are about 1.25 inches. The plant seems to be a fast grower and prefers bright light and lots of water. Any help with identification and care would be appreciated.
    • test
      Posted by Rob from VT on 2002-09-10 10:13:43

      test

      Quoting Will Creed: ------------
      -You called it! You have a lipstick plant, aka Aeschynanthus lobbianus.

      -To bloom, first, they need lots of bright light all year round, although they also need protection from direct sun in the midday hours. Second, they should be kept in small pots. Third they require warm temps, never below the mid 60's, even in winter. Fourth, keep the soil evenly moist - too much or too little water will discourage blooms. Finally, younger plants are better bloomers than older plants. Regular pruning will help keep them young. 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.


      -Quoting Jenna: ------------
      -I have a plant in a hanging basket that was given to me by my aunt. It has fleshy small green leaves that tend to curl in. Some small red flowers have developed that are fuzzy and look like red rectangular lipsticks. The flowers are about 1.25 inches. The plant seems to be a fast grower and prefers bright light and lots of water. Any help with identification and care would be appreciated.
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