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How to Care for Lipstick Plant

Lipstick plant is a vine with leathery and juicy green leaves that complement its bright red flowers that look like lipstick tubes, hence its common name. Because of its attractive appearance, this plant has spread far and wide from its tropical habitat and is now a prized indoor plant worldwide. This ornamental is also very easy to care for and maintain.
Water
Water
Every week
Sunlight
Sunlight
Partial sun
Lipstick plant
Lipstick plant
Lipstick plant
Lipstick plant
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PlantCare:TransplantSummary

How to Transplant Lipstick plant?

The best time to transplant lipstick plant, a Perennial, is between spring and summer (S3' to 'S5') as it promotes optimal growth. Choose a location with bright, indirect light. Transplanting isn't complex, but remember to gently separate the roots to encourage healthy root establishment. It's a reliable way to keep your lipstick plant thriving.
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Lighting
Partial sun
Lipstick plant appreciates moderate to abundant light exposure, resembling its origin habitat which is illuminated generously, but not overly-so by the sun. This allows the plant to cultivate its vibrant foliage. Not enough light may hinder its growth and too much can scorch its leaves.
Best Sunlight Practices
Temperature
5 43 ℃
Lipstick plant is native to the warm, moist environment of tropical rainforests and thrives in temperatures between 68 to 100 °F (20 to 38 ℃). When cultivated indoors, it's recommended to emulate this climate. In cooler months, avoid placing lipstick plant in areas below 68 °F (20 ℃).
Temp for Healthy Growth
Transplant
1-2 feet
The best time to transplant lipstick plant, a Perennial, is between spring and summer (S3' to 'S5') as it promotes optimal growth. Choose a location with bright, indirect light. Transplanting isn't complex, but remember to gently separate the roots to encourage healthy root establishment. It's a reliable way to keep your lipstick plant thriving.
Transplant Techniques
Overwinter
20 ℃
Lipstick plant thrives in humid and warm climates, hailing from the tropics of Southeast Asia where winter barely makes a dent. Naturally, its need for a warm environment means gardeners must bring it indoors during chilly winters. Ensuring adequate humidity is key, with misting and showering as viable options. To mimic its natural setting, keep lipstick plant in a well-lit room but shielded from harsh direct light. Remember to cut waterings back to prevent root rot.
Winter Techniques
Feng shui direction
South
The lipstick plant complements Southern-facing positions. In Feng Shui, South symbolizes fire and fame, and lipstick plant with its fiery, lipstick-red flowers might serve as a symbolic enhancer. Bear in mind, however, that Feng Shui is deeply personal. It's essential to trust your intuition for perfect harmony.
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Seasonal Care Tips

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Spring

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Summer

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Fall

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Winter

Tropical plants like your plant require some care in the spring.

more
1
Early spring is the ideal time to remove any overgrowth and dead vines or branches.
more
2
A monthly application of diluted all-purpose liquid fertilizer will encourage healthy growth and blooming. Make sure to apply the fertilizer before buds start appearing.
more
3
Water whenever the top layer of soil is beginning to dry out.
more
4
Move any container plants to a sunny location to strengthen growth.
more
5
Carefully prune older, new growth for propagation. Coating the cutting in rooting hormone will help establish the new plant.

To encourage flowering or fruiting, the plant requires some care.

more
1
Ensure the plant is receiving plenty of sunlight.
more
2
Keep an eye out for diseases and pests in the summer.
more
3
Watering frequency may also need increasing, depending on the amount of weekly rainfall.
more
4
Continue fertilizing once or twice a month to support flowering or fruiting.
more
5
Container plants receiving more than six or so hours of sunlight a day may require relocating to a partially shady location.
more
6
New plants can be propagated from root or stem shoots. Carefully remove the cutting, coat in a rotting hormone powder, and plant in a container.

While your plant is growing in the fall, continue the monthly fertilization and make sure the plant receives the water and misting it needs to thrive.

more
1
Keep the soil moist, watering whenever the soil becomes dry, and fertilize the plant monthly with a diluted, liquid, all-purpose fertilizer.
more
2
Make sure your plant continues to take in bright sunlight through this season, which will help promote growth throughout the season.
more
3
To propagate the plant, you can take cuttings at this time and repot them.
more
4
Continue to watch out for pests and diseases, such as scales and mealybugs.

Continue to care for your plant during winter, even though it won’t need as much attention as during the months of active growth.

more
1
Keep this plant indoors in freezing winter climates to best protect it and allow it to regrow during the spring.
more
2
During the winter, your plant isn't greedy for water, but does require bright light. You can reduce watering to a minimum during this time.
more
3
Keep the plant in bright sunlight even during the winter. Avoid feeding the plant during this restful season. Other than giving it some cold protection and sunlight, you can almost leave the plant to itself.
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Common Pests & Diseases

Common issues for Lipstick plant based on 10 million real cases
Brown spot
Brown spot Brown spot
Brown spot
This infection can cause brown spots or patches to appear on the plant.
Solutions: In minor cases of brown spot, there isn’t any need to treat the disease. However, if much of the foliage is affected and defoliation occurs, the plant will benefit from getting rid of the infection. It is recommended to start by applying organic treatment options, working up to the more potent synthetic, chemical fungicides if necessary. Organic options won’t kill the fungus, but will prevent it from spreading. Dissolve ½ teaspoon of baking soda and one teaspoon of liquid soap in a gallon of water. Using a spray bottle, spray on tops and bottoms of leaves until the mixture drips off. Repeat every two weeks until existing spots stop enlarging and new spots no longer appear. Spray a copper-based fungicidal soap on the leaves, coating the top and bottom leaf surfaces. Reapply as directed on the product label. Copper penetrates the leaf surface and prevents germination of spores so the fungus cannot spread. Apply an all-purpose fungicide to the entire plant, following the label instructions carefully.
Scars
Scars Scars
Scars
Any light-colored markings that appear on stems but which do not enlarge or multiply are simply scars that have healed.
Solutions: Each source of scarring requires a different approach to help your plant recover. Protect the trunk and leaves from physical damage like scrapes. If pests or disease are the cause of scarring, isolate the plant from others to avoid further spread. Some pests can be removed with organic remedies such as a soft cloth and soapy water solution or diluted isopropyl alcohol spray. Stop sunburn by moving your plant away from direct sunlight and making sure it has the water it needs. Frequent leaf or bud loss may be due to insufficient light or nutrients.
Aged yellow and dry
Aged yellow and dry Aged yellow and dry
Aged yellow and dry
Natural aging can cause leaves to turn yellow and dry out.
Solutions: If the yellowing and drying of leaves and flowers is a natural progression due to age, nothing can be done to slow or stop the process. Once hormones within the plant begin the process of senescence, it’s irreversible.
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Brown spot
This infection can cause brown spots or patches to appear on the plant.
Overview
Overview
Discolored spots on the foliage of plants are one of the most common disease problems people observe. These spots are caused by fungal and bacterial diseases, with most infections related to a fungal pathogen.
Brown spot can occurs on all houseplants, flowering ornamentals, vegetable plants, and leaves of trees, bushes, and shrubs. No plants are resistant to it, and the problem is worse in warm, wet environments. It can occur at any point in the life stage as long as leaves are present.
Small brownish spots appear on the foliage and enlarge as the disease progresses. In severe cases, the plant or tree is weakened when the lesions interrupt photosynthesis or cause defoliation.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
In most cases, brown spot only affects a small percentage of the whole plant, appearing on a small amount of the leaves. A small infection only puts minor stress on the plant. However, if left untreated and the disease progresses over numerous seasons, it will severely impact the health and productivity of the infected specimen.
  • Sporulation begins (reproduction of the fungal spores), and tiny spots appear on leaves.
  • Placement is often random and scattered as diseases are spread through raindrops.
  • May appear on lower leaves and the interior of the plant where humidity is higher.
  • Brown spots enlarge and grow large enough to touch neighboring spots to form a more prominent blotch.
  • Leaf margins may turn yellow.
  • Tiny black dots (fruiting bodies of the fungi) appear in the dead spots.
  • Blotches grow in size until the entire leaf is brown.
  • The leaf falls off the plant.
Severe Symptoms
  • Partial or complete premature defoliation
  • Reduced growth
  • Increased susceptibility to pests and other diseases
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
Brown spot, or leaf spot, is a common descriptive term given to several diseases affecting the leaves of plants and trees. Around 85% of diseases exhibiting leaf spots are due to fungus or fungus-like organisms. Sometimes brown spot is caused by a bacterial infection, or insect activity with similar symptoms.
When conditions are warm and the leaf surfaces are wet, fungal spores being transported by wind or rain land on the surface and cling to it. They do not rupture the cell walls but grow in the space between the plant plasma membrane and the plant cell wall. As the spores reproduce, they release toxins and enzymes that cause necrotic spots (i.e., dead tissue) on the leaves, allowing the fungi to consume the products released when the cells degrade.
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Scars
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Scars
Any light-colored markings that appear on stems but which do not enlarge or multiply are simply scars that have healed.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Scars form when the plant repairs wounds. They can be the result of people or pets passing by and scraping the plant. Once the underlying issue is resolved, the plant will heal but a scar may remain.
Pests and pathogens can also cause scarring. Insects may attack the plant for a meal, resulting in extensive scarring when a few invaders turn into an infestation. Diseases such as fungus and bacteria can weaken the plant, causing brown spots, mushy areas, or blisters that lead to scars.
Scars occur on stems when a leaf or bud has been lost and the plant has healed. The harder tissue is like a scab that protects a wound.
On other occasions, scars can signal problems from environmental conditions, such as overexposure to sunlight or heat. It might surprise you to know that plants can suffer from sunburn, even desert dwellers like cactus!
Solutions
Solutions
Each source of scarring requires a different approach to help your plant recover.
  1. Protect the trunk and leaves from physical damage like scrapes.
  2. If pests or disease are the cause of scarring, isolate the plant from others to avoid further spread. Some pests can be removed with organic remedies such as a soft cloth and soapy water solution or diluted isopropyl alcohol spray.
  3. Stop sunburn by moving your plant away from direct sunlight and making sure it has the water it needs.
  4. Frequent leaf or bud loss may be due to insufficient light or nutrients.
Prevention
Prevention
Preventing some sources of scarring is easier than others, but all start with careful attention to your plants once you decide to bring them home.
  1. Review specific guidelines for your plant, including soil drainage, watering, and fertilizer requirements.
  2. Inspect plants before planting and use sterile pots and fresh potting soil or media to limit transfer of fungi or bacteria.
  3. Once established, check your plants regularly for signs of scarring or the presence of pests, as it is better to catch problems as early as possible.
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Aged yellow and dry
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Aged yellow and dry
Natural aging can cause leaves to turn yellow and dry out.
Overview
Overview
Regardless of the type of plant or where it is grown, at some point, it will begin to aged yellow and dry. This is a natural, unavoidable process that happens when the plant has completed all of the steps in its life.
Annual plants go through this process at the end of a single growing season. Perennial plants live for multiple years, if not tens or hundreds of years, but will still ultimately exhibit these symptoms.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
When plants have progressed through their natural developmental stages and are nearing the end of their lifecycle, they begin showing signs of decline. Leaves will start to yellow and droop, and over time they turn papery brown and dry.
Once completely dry, the leaves begin to fall from the plant until the entire plant has dried out.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
At the end of its life, genetic coding within the plant increases the production of ethylene, a phytohormone that controls senescence or natural aging and death. Cell division stops, and the plant begins catabolizing resources to use in other parts of the plant.
As this happens, the tissues begin yellow and drying until the entire plant is desiccated and perishes.
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Plant Type
Plant Type
Vine
Lifespan
Lifespan
Perennial
Flower Color
Flower Color
Red
Leaf Color
Leaf Color
Green
Flower Size
Flower Size
2.5 to 8 cm
Plant Height
Plant Height
20 to 30 cm
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How to Care for Lipstick Plant

Lipstick plant is a vine with leathery and juicy green leaves that complement its bright red flowers that look like lipstick tubes, hence its common name. Because of its attractive appearance, this plant has spread far and wide from its tropical habitat and is now a prized indoor plant worldwide. This ornamental is also very easy to care for and maintain.
Water
Every week
Water
Sunlight
Partial sun
Sunlight Sunlight detail
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Advanced Care Guide

PlantCare:TransplantSummary

How to Transplant Lipstick plant?

PlantCare:TransplantSummary
The best time to transplant lipstick plant, a Perennial, is between spring and summer (S3' to 'S5') as it promotes optimal growth. Choose a location with bright, indirect light. Transplanting isn't complex, but remember to gently separate the roots to encourage healthy root establishment. It's a reliable way to keep your lipstick plant thriving.
care_seasonal_tips

Seasonal Care Tips

more

Spring

more

Summer

more

Fall

more

Winter

Tropical plants like your plant require some care in the spring.

more
1
Early spring is the ideal time to remove any overgrowth and dead vines or branches.
more
2
A monthly application of diluted all-purpose liquid fertilizer will encourage healthy growth and blooming. Make sure to apply the fertilizer before buds start appearing.
more
3
Water whenever the top layer of soil is beginning to dry out.
more
4
Move any container plants to a sunny location to strengthen growth.
more
5
Carefully prune older, new growth for propagation. Coating the cutting in rooting hormone will help establish the new plant.

To encourage flowering or fruiting, the plant requires some care.

more
1
Ensure the plant is receiving plenty of sunlight.
more
2
Keep an eye out for diseases and pests in the summer.
more
3
Watering frequency may also need increasing, depending on the amount of weekly rainfall.
more
4
Continue fertilizing once or twice a month to support flowering or fruiting.
more
5
Container plants receiving more than six or so hours of sunlight a day may require relocating to a partially shady location.
more
6
New plants can be propagated from root or stem shoots. Carefully remove the cutting, coat in a rotting hormone powder, and plant in a container.

While your plant is growing in the fall, continue the monthly fertilization and make sure the plant receives the water and misting it needs to thrive.

more
1
Keep the soil moist, watering whenever the soil becomes dry, and fertilize the plant monthly with a diluted, liquid, all-purpose fertilizer.
more
2
Make sure your plant continues to take in bright sunlight through this season, which will help promote growth throughout the season.
more
3
To propagate the plant, you can take cuttings at this time and repot them.
more
4
Continue to watch out for pests and diseases, such as scales and mealybugs.

Continue to care for your plant during winter, even though it won’t need as much attention as during the months of active growth.

more
1
Keep this plant indoors in freezing winter climates to best protect it and allow it to regrow during the spring.
more
2
During the winter, your plant isn't greedy for water, but does require bright light. You can reduce watering to a minimum during this time.
more
3
Keep the plant in bright sunlight even during the winter. Avoid feeding the plant during this restful season. Other than giving it some cold protection and sunlight, you can almost leave the plant to itself.
care_pet_and_diseases

Common Pests & Diseases

Common issues for Lipstick plant based on 10 million real cases
Brown spot
Brown spot Brown spot Brown spot
This infection can cause brown spots or patches to appear on the plant.
Solutions: In minor cases of brown spot, there isn’t any need to treat the disease. However, if much of the foliage is affected and defoliation occurs, the plant will benefit from getting rid of the infection. It is recommended to start by applying organic treatment options, working up to the more potent synthetic, chemical fungicides if necessary. Organic options won’t kill the fungus, but will prevent it from spreading. Dissolve ½ teaspoon of baking soda and one teaspoon of liquid soap in a gallon of water. Using a spray bottle, spray on tops and bottoms of leaves until the mixture drips off. Repeat every two weeks until existing spots stop enlarging and new spots no longer appear. Spray a copper-based fungicidal soap on the leaves, coating the top and bottom leaf surfaces. Reapply as directed on the product label. Copper penetrates the leaf surface and prevents germination of spores so the fungus cannot spread. Apply an all-purpose fungicide to the entire plant, following the label instructions carefully.
Learn More About the Brown spot more
Scars
Scars Scars Scars
Any light-colored markings that appear on stems but which do not enlarge or multiply are simply scars that have healed.
Solutions: Each source of scarring requires a different approach to help your plant recover. Protect the trunk and leaves from physical damage like scrapes. If pests or disease are the cause of scarring, isolate the plant from others to avoid further spread. Some pests can be removed with organic remedies such as a soft cloth and soapy water solution or diluted isopropyl alcohol spray. Stop sunburn by moving your plant away from direct sunlight and making sure it has the water it needs. Frequent leaf or bud loss may be due to insufficient light or nutrients.
Learn More About the Scars more
Aged yellow and dry
Aged yellow and dry Aged yellow and dry Aged yellow and dry
Natural aging can cause leaves to turn yellow and dry out.
Solutions: If the yellowing and drying of leaves and flowers is a natural progression due to age, nothing can be done to slow or stop the process. Once hormones within the plant begin the process of senescence, it’s irreversible.
Learn More About the Aged yellow and dry more
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Brown spot
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Brown spot
This infection can cause brown spots or patches to appear on the plant.
Overview
Overview
Discolored spots on the foliage of plants are one of the most common disease problems people observe. These spots are caused by fungal and bacterial diseases, with most infections related to a fungal pathogen.
Brown spot can occurs on all houseplants, flowering ornamentals, vegetable plants, and leaves of trees, bushes, and shrubs. No plants are resistant to it, and the problem is worse in warm, wet environments. It can occur at any point in the life stage as long as leaves are present.
Small brownish spots appear on the foliage and enlarge as the disease progresses. In severe cases, the plant or tree is weakened when the lesions interrupt photosynthesis or cause defoliation.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
In most cases, brown spot only affects a small percentage of the whole plant, appearing on a small amount of the leaves. A small infection only puts minor stress on the plant. However, if left untreated and the disease progresses over numerous seasons, it will severely impact the health and productivity of the infected specimen.
  • Sporulation begins (reproduction of the fungal spores), and tiny spots appear on leaves.
  • Placement is often random and scattered as diseases are spread through raindrops.
  • May appear on lower leaves and the interior of the plant where humidity is higher.
  • Brown spots enlarge and grow large enough to touch neighboring spots to form a more prominent blotch.
  • Leaf margins may turn yellow.
  • Tiny black dots (fruiting bodies of the fungi) appear in the dead spots.
  • Blotches grow in size until the entire leaf is brown.
  • The leaf falls off the plant.
Severe Symptoms
  • Partial or complete premature defoliation
  • Reduced growth
  • Increased susceptibility to pests and other diseases
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
Brown spot, or leaf spot, is a common descriptive term given to several diseases affecting the leaves of plants and trees. Around 85% of diseases exhibiting leaf spots are due to fungus or fungus-like organisms. Sometimes brown spot is caused by a bacterial infection, or insect activity with similar symptoms.
When conditions are warm and the leaf surfaces are wet, fungal spores being transported by wind or rain land on the surface and cling to it. They do not rupture the cell walls but grow in the space between the plant plasma membrane and the plant cell wall. As the spores reproduce, they release toxins and enzymes that cause necrotic spots (i.e., dead tissue) on the leaves, allowing the fungi to consume the products released when the cells degrade.
Solutions
Solutions
In minor cases of brown spot, there isn’t any need to treat the disease. However, if much of the foliage is affected and defoliation occurs, the plant will benefit from getting rid of the infection. It is recommended to start by applying organic treatment options, working up to the more potent synthetic, chemical fungicides if necessary.
Organic options won’t kill the fungus, but will prevent it from spreading.
  1. Dissolve ½ teaspoon of baking soda and one teaspoon of liquid soap in a gallon of water. Using a spray bottle, spray on tops and bottoms of leaves until the mixture drips off. Repeat every two weeks until existing spots stop enlarging and new spots no longer appear.
  2. Spray a copper-based fungicidal soap on the leaves, coating the top and bottom leaf surfaces. Reapply as directed on the product label. Copper penetrates the leaf surface and prevents germination of spores so the fungus cannot spread.
  3. Apply an all-purpose fungicide to the entire plant, following the label instructions carefully.
Prevention
Prevention
Like many other diseases, it is easier to prevent brown spot than cure it, and this is done through cultural practices.
  • Clear fall leaves from the ground before winter to minimize places where fungi and bacteria can overwinter.
  • Maintain good air movement between plants through proper plant spacing.
  • Increase air circulation through the center of plants through pruning.
  • Thoroughly clean all pruning tools after working with diseased plants.
  • Never dispose of disease plant material in a compost pile.
  • Avoid overhead watering to keep moisture off of the foliage.
  • Keep plants healthy by providing adequate sunlight, water, and fertilizer.
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Scars
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Scars
Any light-colored markings that appear on stems but which do not enlarge or multiply are simply scars that have healed.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
Scars form when the plant repairs wounds. They can be the result of people or pets passing by and scraping the plant. Once the underlying issue is resolved, the plant will heal but a scar may remain.
Pests and pathogens can also cause scarring. Insects may attack the plant for a meal, resulting in extensive scarring when a few invaders turn into an infestation. Diseases such as fungus and bacteria can weaken the plant, causing brown spots, mushy areas, or blisters that lead to scars.
Scars occur on stems when a leaf or bud has been lost and the plant has healed. The harder tissue is like a scab that protects a wound.
On other occasions, scars can signal problems from environmental conditions, such as overexposure to sunlight or heat. It might surprise you to know that plants can suffer from sunburn, even desert dwellers like cactus!
Solutions
Solutions
Each source of scarring requires a different approach to help your plant recover.
  1. Protect the trunk and leaves from physical damage like scrapes.
  2. If pests or disease are the cause of scarring, isolate the plant from others to avoid further spread. Some pests can be removed with organic remedies such as a soft cloth and soapy water solution or diluted isopropyl alcohol spray.
  3. Stop sunburn by moving your plant away from direct sunlight and making sure it has the water it needs.
  4. Frequent leaf or bud loss may be due to insufficient light or nutrients.
Prevention
Prevention
Preventing some sources of scarring is easier than others, but all start with careful attention to your plants once you decide to bring them home.
  1. Review specific guidelines for your plant, including soil drainage, watering, and fertilizer requirements.
  2. Inspect plants before planting and use sterile pots and fresh potting soil or media to limit transfer of fungi or bacteria.
  3. Once established, check your plants regularly for signs of scarring or the presence of pests, as it is better to catch problems as early as possible.
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Aged yellow and dry
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Aged yellow and dry
Natural aging can cause leaves to turn yellow and dry out.
Overview
Overview
Regardless of the type of plant or where it is grown, at some point, it will begin to aged yellow and dry. This is a natural, unavoidable process that happens when the plant has completed all of the steps in its life.
Annual plants go through this process at the end of a single growing season. Perennial plants live for multiple years, if not tens or hundreds of years, but will still ultimately exhibit these symptoms.
Symptom Analysis
Symptom Analysis
When plants have progressed through their natural developmental stages and are nearing the end of their lifecycle, they begin showing signs of decline. Leaves will start to yellow and droop, and over time they turn papery brown and dry.
Once completely dry, the leaves begin to fall from the plant until the entire plant has dried out.
Disease Cause
Disease Cause
At the end of its life, genetic coding within the plant increases the production of ethylene, a phytohormone that controls senescence or natural aging and death. Cell division stops, and the plant begins catabolizing resources to use in other parts of the plant.
As this happens, the tissues begin yellow and drying until the entire plant is desiccated and perishes.
Solutions
Solutions
If the yellowing and drying of leaves and flowers is a natural progression due to age, nothing can be done to slow or stop the process. Once hormones within the plant begin the process of senescence, it’s irreversible.
Prevention
Prevention
Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent plants from dying of “old age.” To help prolong their life, and put off symptoms of aged yellow and dry for as long as possible, take care of them by giving them enough water, fertilizing them appropriately, and making sure they get enough sunlight.
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More About Lipstick Plant

Plant Type
Plant Type
Vine
Lifespan
Lifespan
Perennial
Flower Color
Flower Color
Red
Leaf Color
Leaf Color
Green
Flower Size
Flower Size
2.5 to 8 cm
Plant Height
Plant Height
20 to 30 cm
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Requirements
Partial sun
Ideal
About 3-6 hours sunlight
Full sun
Tolerance
Above 6 hours sunlight
Watch how sunlight gracefully moves through your garden, and choose spots that provide the perfect balance of light and shade for your plants, ensuring their happiness.
Essentials
Lipstick plant appreciates moderate to abundant light exposure, resembling its origin habitat which is illuminated generously, but not overly-so by the sun. This allows the plant to cultivate its vibrant foliage. Not enough light may hinder its growth and too much can scorch its leaves.
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Indoor plants require adequate lighting for optimal growth. When natural sunlight is insufficient, particularly in winter or in less sunny spaces, artificial lights offer a vital solution, promoting faster, healthier growth.
1. Choose the right type of artificial light: LED lights are a popular choice for indoor plant lighting because they can be customized to provide the specific wavelengths of light that your plants need.
Full sun plants need 30-50W/sq ft of artificial light, partial sun plants need 20-30W/sq ft, and full shade plants need 10-20W/sq ft.
2. Determine the appropriate distance: Place the light source 12-36 inches above the plant to mimic natural sunlight.
3. Determine the duration: Mimic the length of natural daylight hours for your plant species. most plants need 8-12 hours of light per day.
Important Symptoms
Insufficient light
Lipstick plant is a popular indoor plant that prefers partial sunlight but can handle full sunlight in cooler weather. However, when placed in corners of rooms for extended periods, it may develop symptoms of light deficiency due to insufficient light exposure.
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Small leaves
New leaves may grow smaller in size compared to the previous ones once they have matured.
Leggy or sparse growth
The spaces between leaves or stems of your Lipstick plant may become longer, resulting in a thin and stretched-out appearance. This can make the plant look sparse and weak, and it may easily break or lean due to its own weight.
Faster leaf drop
When plants are exposed to low light conditions, they tend to shed older leaves early to conserve resources. Within a limited time, these resources can be utilized to grow new leaves until the plant's energy reserves are depleted.
Slower or no new growth
Lipstick plant enters a survival mode when light conditions are poor, which leads to a halt in leaf production. As a result, the plant's growth becomes delayed or stops altogether.
Lighter-colored new leaves
Insufficient sunlight can cause leaves to develop irregular color patterns or appear pale. This indicates a lack of chlorophyll and essential nutrients.
Solutions
1. To optimize plant growth, shift them to increasingly sunnier spots each week until they receive 3-6 hours of direct sunlight daily, enabling gradual adaptation to changing light conditions.2. To provide additional light for your plant, consider using artificial light if it's large or not easily movable. Keep a desk or ceiling lamp on for at least 8 hours daily, or invest in professional plant grow lights for ample light.
Excessive light
Lipstick plant thrives with partial sun exposure and can tolerate full sun in cooler weather. However, they are more susceptible to sunburn, as they cannot withstand intense sunlight in high-temperature environments.
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Chlorosis
Chlorosis is a condition where the plant's leaves lose their green color and turn yellow. This is due to the breakdown of chlorophyll from excessive sunlight, which negatively affects the plant's ability to photosynthesize.
Sunscald
Sunscald occurs when the plant's leaves or stems are damaged by intense sunlight exposure. It appears as pale, bleached, or necrotic areas on the plant tissue and can reduce the plant's overall health.
Leaf Curling
Leaf curling is a symptom where leaves curl or twist under extreme sunlight conditions. This is a defense mechanism used by the plant to reduce its surface area exposed to sunlight, minimizing water loss and damage.
Wilting
Wilting occurs when a plant loses turgor pressure and its leaves and stems begin to droop. Overexposure to sunlight can cause wilting by increasing the plant's water loss through transpiration, making it difficult for the plant to maintain adequate hydration.
Leaf Scorching
Leaf scorching is a symptom characterized by the appearance of brown, dry, and crispy edges or patches on leaves due to excessive sunlight. This can lead to a reduction in photosynthetic capacity and overall plant health.
Solutions
1. Move your plant to the optimal position where it can receive abundant sunlight but also have some shade. An east-facing window is an ideal choice as the morning sunlight is gentler. This way, your plant can enjoy ample sunlight while reducing the risk of sunburn.2. It is recommended to trim off any completely dehydrated or withered parts of the plant.
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Just like people, each plant has its own preferences. Learn about your plants' temperature needs and create a comforting environment for them to flourish. As you care for your plants, your bond with them will deepen. Trust your intuition as you learn about their temperature needs, celebrating the journey you share. Lovingly monitor the temperature around your plants and adjust their environment as needed. A thermometer can be your ally in this heartfelt endeavor. Be patient and gentle with yourself as you explore your plants' temperature needs. Cherish your successes, learn from challenges, and nurture your garden with love, creating a haven that reflects the warmth of your care.
Essentials
Lipstick plant is native to the warm, moist environment of tropical rainforests and thrives in temperatures between 68 to 100 °F (20 to 38 ℃). When cultivated indoors, it's recommended to emulate this climate. In cooler months, avoid placing lipstick plant in areas below 68 °F (20 ℃).
Regional wintering strategies
Lipstick plant is extremely heat-loving, and any cold temperatures can cause harm to it. In the autumn, it is recommended to bring outdoor-grown Lipstick plant indoors and place it near a bright window, but it should be kept at a certain distance from heaters. Maintaining temperatures above {Suitable_growth_temperature_min} during winter is beneficial for plant growth. Any temperatures approaching {Tolerable_growing_temperature_min} are detrimental to the plant.
Important Symptoms
Low Temperature
Lipstick plant prefers warm temperatures and is not tolerant of low temperatures. It thrives best when the temperature is above {Suitable_growth_temperature_min}. During winter, it should be kept above {Tolerable_growing_temperature_min}. When the temperature falls below {Limit_growth_temperature}, the leaves may lighten in color. After frost damage, the color gradually turns brown or black, and symptoms such as wilting and drooping may occur.
Solutions
Trim off the frost-damaged parts. Immediately move indoors to a warm environment for cold protection. Choose a spot near a south-facing window to place the plant, ensuring ample sunlight. Additionally, avoid placing the plant near heaters or air conditioning vents to prevent excessive dryness in the air.
High Temperature
During summer, Lipstick plant should be kept below {Suitable_growth_temperature_max}. When the temperature exceeds {Tolerable_growing_temperature_max}, the color of the leaves becomes lighter, and the plant becomes more susceptible to sunburn.
Solutions
Trim away the sunburned and dried-up parts. Move the plant to a location that provides shade from the midday and afternoon sun. Water the plant in the morning and evening to keep the soil moist.
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How to Successfully Transplant Lipstick Plant?
The best time to transplant lipstick plant, a Perennial, is between spring and summer (S3' to 'S5') as it promotes optimal growth. Choose a location with bright, indirect light. Transplanting isn't complex, but remember to gently separate the roots to encourage healthy root establishment. It's a reliable way to keep your lipstick plant thriving.
What Preparations are Needed Before Transplanting Lipstick Plant?
What is the Ideal Time for Transplanting Lipstick Plant?
The prime season for transplanting lipstick plant is from early spring to late summer. Transplanting in this mild period gives it sufficient time to establish roots. Doing so benefits the lipstick plant, giving lush growth and abundant blooms. Remember to stay careful; a friendly tip!
How Much Space Should You Leave Between Lipstick Plant Plants?
When getting ready to transplant your lipstick plant, make sure to give each plant plenty of room to grow. Ideally, try to space each lipstick plant about 1-2 feet (30-60 cm) apart. This allows them to spread out and mature without competing for resources.
What is the Best Soil Mix for Lipstick Plant Transplanting?
For your lipstick plant, choose a well-draining soil mix that resembles a jungle floor. A base mix of peat moss or coconut coir is a good choice, amending with perlite for extra drainage. A balanced slow-release fertilizer at the time of planting will give lipstick plant a great start.
Where Should You Relocate Your Lipstick Plant?
Sunlight is crucial for plants, and lipstick plant is no exception. Choose a location that gets bright but indirect light, as too much direct sunlight can damage the leaves. An east or north-facing window indoors would be perfect for your lipstick plant.
What Equipments Should You Prepare Before Transplantation Lipstick Plant?
Gardening Gloves
Wear to avoid any potential skin irritations from the soil or plant, and to prevent any small cuts or scratches that might be caused by spade or sharp edges of the pot.
Spade or Shovel
Useful for digging out the root ball of the plant without causing too much damage.
Watering Can
Needed for watering the plant before and after the transplant.
Gardening Fork
Helps to loosen the soil around the root ball.
Garden Cart or Wheelbarrow
Aids in moving the lipstick plant plant to its new location easily.
Trowel
This small hand tool is perfect for making the transplant hole and covering the roots back up with soil once transplanted.
How Do You Remove Lipstick Plant from the Soil?
From Ground: The day before you plan to transplant your lipstick plant, water it thoroughly to make the soil easier to remove and protect the roots. On the transplant day, slide a spade or gardening fork under the root ball, gently levering it upwards and taking care to keep as much of the root ball intact as possible. If the lipstick plant is large, you may need a garden cart or wheelbarrow to transport it to its new location.
From Pot: Water the lipstick plant until the water comes out of the drainage holes. Turn the pot upside-down and gently coax the plant and root ball free. If the plant is stuck, you might need to slide a long knife around the inside edge of the pot to free it.
From Seedling Tray: Use a thin stick or dibber to ease the seedling out, making sure to lift it by the leaves and not the stem. Be careful not to damage the delicate roots in the process.
Step-by-Step Guide for Transplanting Lipstick Plant
Step1 Preparation
Prepare the new location for the lipstick plant by digging a hole twice the size of the root ball. The hole should be deep enough to cover the roots without burying the stem.
Step2 Placement
Gently place the lipstick plant plant into the hole, ensuring that the top of the root ball is level with the ground surface. Avoid planting the lipstick plant too deep as this can cause stem and root rot.
Step3 Backfilling
Backfill the hole with soil, ensuring the lipstick plant plant is upright and centered. Lightly tamp the soil to remove any air pockets.
Step4 Watering
Thoroughly water the transplant site. Doing so assists in settling the soil around the roots. Water slowly so it absorbs well into the root area.
Step5 Mulching
Apply a layer of mulch around the plant but not touching the stem. Mulch retains moisture and controls weed growth.
How Do You Care For Lipstick Plant After Transplanting?
Monitoring
Monitor the lipstick plant plant regularly to check its progress. Post-transplant care is crucial for any plant. Look out for any wilting leaves or stems and take immediate corrective action. If the lipstick plant seems stressed, additional watering might be in order.
Repotting
If your plant outgrows its space, be prepared to transplant it again. Lipstick plant prefers tight quarters, but not overcrowded conditions.
Pruning
Pruning the lipstick plant by eliminating dead or dying leaves can encourage the plant to direct its energy on new growth.
Insect Control
Be watchful for any pest or fungal issues. Deal with any symptoms at the earliest to prevent them from escalating.
Troubleshooting Common Issues with Lipstick Plant Transplantation.
When is the best time to transplant lipstick plant?
The perfect seasons to transplant lipstick plant are late spring through mid-summer (S3-S5). The plant is actively growing during this period and can better handle the move.
What distance should be left between lipstick plant plants while transplanting?
For healthy growth, maintain a space of about 1-2 feet (30 - 60 cm) between lipstick plant plants. Spreading out helps them grow without competing for resources.
Do I need to prune lipstick plant before transplanting it?
Yes, gently prune the plant. Trimming back about one-third of the plant's growth helps reduce water loss and makes transplanting a less shock to lipstick plant.
What kind of soil should I use for transplanting lipstick plant?
Lipstick plant prefers well-drained soil. Use a good quality potting mix with a little sand for better drainage. The plant doesn't tolerate soggy roots which can lead to root rot.
How to water lipstick plant after transplanting?
Water lipstick plant thoroughly after transplanting to settle the soil around the roots. After this initial watering, keep the soil lightly moist until the plant gets settled.
Why is my transplanted lipstick plant drooping?
Drooping is a common reaction to transplant shock. Keep the plant in partial shade and maintain firm but indirect watering. If Conditions persists, consult a professional.
How can I minimize transplant shock while transplanting lipstick plant?
To minimize transplant shock, avoid disturbing the roots and water the plant well before and after transplanting. Place it in a similar sunlight and temperature condition it was prior to being moved.
How deep should the hole be while transplanting lipstick plant?
Make the transplanting hole twice as wide but not deeper than the root ball of lipstick plant. The top of the root ball should be level with or slightly above the ground level.
When to feed lipstick plant after transplanting?
Wait until new growth is observed before feeding the lipstick plant. This is a signal that the plant is overcoming transplant shock and is ready to be fertilized.
What should I consider in terms of light and temperature for a newly transplanted lipstick plant?
Lipstick plant prefers bright but indirect light. The temperature should be warm, ideally around 60°F - 75°F (15°C - 24°C). Avoid too much direct sun as it may cause leaf scorching.
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