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You do not have to know a lot about how to care for a lipstick plant (Aeschynanthus radicans) before you take on the task. Soil and nutrients, water, light and temperature all affect your growing success. If you stick to these guidelines, you can be growing lipstick plants before you know it. Soil and Nutrients Lipstick plant care begins with airy soil and proper fertilization. A 3-2-1 ratio liquid fertilizer gives a good result as long as you keep the soil moist. Be sure that you add a small amount of vitamins to the potting soil as part of the fertilization program.

Water

Too much water is disastrous for growing lipstick plants. You should water the plants moderately and be sure not to soak the soil or you risk root rot and fungal problems.

Light

The Aeschynanthus lipstick vine will not bloom without adequate light. Avoid placing this plant in full shade or full sun. The plant needs bright light for a portion of the day, but not all day long.

Temperature Air and soil temperatures must be a minimum of 70 to 80 F. (21-27 C.) for proper blooming. You will get some blooming at 65 F. (18 C.), but it will be limited. At 50 F. (10 C.), you risk chilling, which is an injury that results in dark red leaves.

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