Curly Lipstick Plant

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  • Blooming Tropical Plant
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light)
  • Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 1-24 inches
  • Pet Safe

The Curly Lipstick Plant is a blooming tropical plant that is easy to care for.  The delicate reddish-orange blooms appear during the spring, summer, and fall and give this plant its common name. The fleshy, curly leaves remain fresh green all year round and form whorls around the long stems. Aeschynanthus radicans grows as an epiphytic plant in the tropics of Southeast Asia. The plants attach themselves to woody locations like trees or structures and hang downward when in full bloom.

Best Locations For Growing Curly Lipstick Plant

Curly Lipstick Plant will thrive in a spot with filtered light, high humidity, and consistent warmth. A bright bathroom is ideal and will provide all the humidity this plant needs. Daily misting with water or using a portable humidifier are also good options for supplemental humidity. 

Curly Lipstick Plant Sunlight Requirements

Lipstick Plant requires bright, indirect light to retain the deep green of its leaves and to bloom well. A south- or southeast-facing window is best. If the light levels are too low, the branches will become leggy and the foliage will be sparse. Lipstick Plant grows happily outdoors during the summer, although it requires shade from direct sun. A covered porch or patio with dappled sunlight is the perfect spot.

Curly Lipstick Plant Care

Epiphytic plants growing as houseplants need free-draining potting soil that does not retain much moisture. A commercial cactus and succulent mix is easy to use. You can make your own version by mixing potting soil with one part perlite and one part fine Orchid bark. Curly Lipstick Plant can be encouraged to grow bushy by pruning the long stems back by one-third after the flowers have dropped. You can use the cut stems to propagate new plants by removing at least 4 inches of the lower leaves and placing the stem in fresh water until new roots appear. 

Watering Curly Lipstick Plant

Lipstick plants enjoy high humidity but not over-watering. Watering needs to be done sparingly. During the flowering period, check for watering once a week. The top 2-3 inches of soil should be dry before watering. Watering in the winter needs to be checked every 2-3 weeks depending on the humidity levels in your house

Feeding Curly Lipstick Plant

Fertilizing with a liquid Orchid fertilizer will help to support flowering and foliage. Apply the fertilizer once a month at half the manufacturer's recommended dosage. Stop fertilizing during the winter months when the plant slows growth.

Curly Lipstick Plant Information

Light Exposure: Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Average - When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Air Purifier: Moderate
Habit: Trailing
Growth Rate: Slow
Mature Height: 1-24 inches
Mature Spread: 1-2 feet
Flowering: Yes
Flower Color(s): Red
Flower Shade/Description: Red
Fragrant: Yes
Foliage Type: Variegated
Foliage Color(s): Green
Foliage Description: Cream and Green Variegated Leaves
Temperature: 65° - 75°F (18° - 24°C)
Humidity: Average (40% - 60%)
Common Name: Curly Lipstick Plant
Other Name(s): Lipstick Curly
Scientific Name: Aeschynanthus radicans 'Curly'
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Know As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Know As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Know As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2-3 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Know As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 3-4 year old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Addict Guarantee (Included On All Plant Orders)

Plant Addicts guarantees your plant(s) will arrive happy and healthy, but the plant(s) are being shipped through the mail and accidents happen. If the plant is dead, has dried out roots or the incorrect item was shipped just notify Plant Addicts within 3 days upon delivery. We may ask for pictures but will try to make it as easy as possible for you. Please note plant(s) with damaged branches or wilted leaves will not qualify for this guarantee. Plants are very resilient and will rebound quickly when cared for correctly.

For information on how to care for you new plant please check out our guide. Guide: How to Care for Your New Plant(s)

Plant Addicts Warranty - 1 Year (Extra Purchase Required)

We encourage all plant lovers to purchase the Plant Addicts Warranty whether you’re new or an expert. There are many variables outside our control and yours that can cause the demise of your plant(s). Examples would be hungry animals, drought, poor soil conditions, over watering, disease, insects & many other factors. The Plant Addicts Warranty is a 1 year warranty protecting you from all the unknowns and will replace your plant if it moves on to the plant afterlife.

The warranty is purchased on a per plant basis and must be purchased at the same time as the plant purchase. We will cover 100% of the price of the plant but the warranty does not cover shipping cost. Simply let us know if your plant has died within one year of receiving it and we’ll get you a new one shipped out. We may ask for photos for documentation purposes but again we’ll try to make it as easy as possible.

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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

Please Note: On special orders there can not be any cancellations

Plant Shipping

Time of Order:

Summer Shipping

  • If there is extreme heat we’ll delay shipping.  
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Once your plant is shipped you’ll receive an email with tracking information. Depending on the above criteria we’ll ship your plant(s) towards beginning of the following week from your order. We put together this helpful guide of what to do when you receive your plants in the mail.

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