Aeschynanthus Pink Polka - Lipstick Plant

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SIZE: Pot Diameter x Total Height
Size Tip: Fits in a pot with a 16cm+ opening

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Plant Care: Houseplant Focus Nutrition

Strings of vibrant green sweet-heart foliage dipped with pink petals; it is easy to see why the pink polka got its name. Flowers that appear in late summer closely resemble the shape of lipstick in a pallet of pale pink hues.

This Pink Polka likes hanging out in the bathroom getting ready to put on its blooms.

Aeschynanthus Pink Polka - Lipstick Care & Info Guide

Light: Preferably a lot of indirect bright light, but can take some lower light levels. This plant will not thank you for direct light or full shade. A lack of light can cause stems to become long and leggy, also causing leaf drop and slow growth. If this occurs, move to a brighter position.

Water: Water moderately during the summer months, but do not soak the soil. Allow the surface of the soil to dry out between waterings. Never allow to sit in soggy soil as this can cause root rot. Water less frequently in the winter.

Temperature: Prefers a warmer position away from cold drafts. Ideal temperatures are 21-27°C but can take temperatures as low as 18°C. Any temperatures below 10°C will damage the plant and cause chilling, turning the leaves a dark red.

Feed: Apply a weak dose of general-purpose feed once a month at most during the growing season (May – August). View Plant Nutrition

Humidity: Likes a high humidity, with the ideal location being the bathroom. Regular weekly misting and a pebble tray filled with water are a good way to increase humidity levels.

Care Tips: The lipstick plant needs a warm position of 21-27°C and plenty of bright indirect sunlight to bloom. Some bloom can be achieved with temperatures as low as 18°C but it will be minimal. Pruning back longer stems by a third will promote bushier growth and subsequently more blooms. Expect blooms in late summer and early autumn.

Air Purifying: This plant filters airborne toxins and is part of our clean air plant collection.

Height and Growth Rate: Slow growing. Ultimate size 45-60cm stems.

Toxicity: Non-toxic. Do not consume.

Origin: Tropical Southeast Asia.