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Care Sheet for Aeschynanthus marmoratus (Lipstick Plant):

Aeschynanthus marmoratus, also known as Lipstick Plant or Zebra Basket Vine, is a beautiful and popular houseplant known for its attractive foliage and vibrant flowers. To help you care for your Aeschynanthus marmoratus and keep it healthy, here's a care sheet with important guidelines:

  • Lighting:

    • Provide bright, indirect light for your Aeschynanthus marmoratus. It thrives in medium to high light conditions but avoid direct sunlight as it can scorch the leaves.
  • Temperature:

    • Maintain a temperature range between 65°F to 75°F (18°C to 24°C). Protect the plant from cold drafts, as it prefers warmer conditions.
  • Humidity:

    • Aeschynanthus marmoratus enjoys higher humidity levels. Consider using a humidifier or placing the plant on a pebble tray filled with water to increase humidity. Regular misting can also be beneficial.
  • Watering:

    • Keep the soil evenly moist but not waterlogged. Allow the top inch (2.5 cm) of soil to dry out before watering again. Check the moisture level by inserting your finger into the soil. Adjust the frequency of watering based on the plant's needs and the environmental conditions.
  • Soil:

    • Plant your Aeschynanthus marmoratus in a well-draining potting mix. A mixture of peat moss, perlite, and orchid bark works well. Good drainage is crucial to prevent waterlogged roots.
  • Fertilization:

    • Feed your plant with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer once a month during the growing season (spring and summer). Follow the instructions on the fertilizer package for the appropriate dosage. Avoid fertilizing during winter when growth slows down.
  • Pruning:

    • Regular pruning helps maintain the shape and encourages bushier growth. Prune after the flowering period by cutting back any leggy or overgrown stems. Pinching the tips of the stems can also promote branching.
  • Flowering:

    • Aeschynanthus marmoratus produces beautiful tubular flowers that are usually red or orange. To encourage blooming, provide adequate light and maintain consistent care. However, be patient as it may take some time for the plant to reach maturity and start flowering.
  • Potting and Repotting:

    • Repot your Aeschynanthus marmoratus every 1-2 years or when it outgrows its current pot. Choose a pot that is slightly larger than the current one, with good drainage. Repotting is best done in spring before the active growing season.
  • Pests and Diseases:

    • Keep an eye out for common houseplant pests such as mealybugs, aphids, and spider mites. Regularly inspect the plant for any signs of infestation, and if necessary, treat them with appropriate organic or chemical pest control methods.

Remember, each plant is unique, and the care requirements may vary slightly. Monitor your Aeschynanthus marmoratus closely, observe its growth, and make adjustments to the care routine as needed. With proper attention, you can enjoy the beauty of this stunning houseplant for years to come.

Lipstick Plant or Zebra Basket Vine -Lplug- Aeschynanthus marmoratus

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