Lipstick - Twister
- Botanical Name: Aeschynanthus Radicans
- Origins: Himalayas
- Light: Medium Light
- Watering: Every 8+ Days
- Growth Speed: Slow
- Grower: Novice
- Style: Table Top, Hanging
- Home Decor: Ultra Modern
- Variety Code: 553
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Product Description - TwisterBasket vines, so named because they are best displayed in hanging containers, are gesneriads with gracefully trailing stems 2 to 3 feet long, tipped with 2 to 4 inch tubular flowers. A. lobbianus has waxy, yellow-throated scarlet flowers with deep purple, leaf like outer petals (calyces); the flowers of A. pulcher have green calyces. Both bloom in spring, producing buds that resemble lipsticks. A. speciosus bears waxy, scarlet-tipped orange flowers in winter and spring. An excellent hybrid, 'Black Pagoda', provides waxy, brown-specked yellow and green flowers continuously through the year; it has mottled green and red foliage.
Plant CareBasket-vines grow best in at least four hours of direct morning sunlight a day in winter and bright indirect or curtain-filtered sunlight the rest of the year. Night temperatures of 65 to 70 degrees and day temperatures of 75 degrees or higher are ideal. Pot in a mixture of 2 parts peat moss to 1 part packaged potting soil and 1 part sharp sand or perlite. Keep the mix moist and fertilize monthly. After the plants flower, cut the stems back to a height of about 6 inches to produce new growth. Propagate from stem cuttings, preferably in spring. They are generally pest free.
Monday, 20 May 2013 20:25 |
posted by Sal Boas
Love this plant because it is so different looking. Do the cuttings get started in water or in soil. I want to make more of these beauties for my friends to have also.
Saturday, 16 March 2013 22:13 |
posted by Pat
I enjoy having unique plants in my home. This one is quite unusual, so everyone always notices it! I put it on a plant stand and will try to propagate cuttings. Hope it works!
Saturday, 27 October 2012 23:19 |
posted by Tracey Payne
I have this plant and I really like it. It's not a typical looking houseplant and it is easy to care for. Mine has even started blooming.
Sunday, 07 October 2012 16:04 |
posted by Joline Moore
I have this plant, the lipstick twister, and it is the coolest looking plant I have ever seen! It is very hardy. I kept it outside in the summer on the porch and brought it inside to put on the coffee table in the fall when nighttime temps got below 55. Easy to care for and very cool!
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