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Lipstick Black Pagoda

Lipstick Black Pagoda

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Botanical Name:

  • Aeschynanthus longicaulis

Common Names:

  • Lipstick Black Pagoda
  • Black Pagoda Lipstick Plant
  • Zebra Basket Vine

Description: The Lipstick Black Pagoda, scientifically known as Aeschynanthus longicaulis, is a striking tropical plant admired for its dramatic foliage and unique flowers. The leaves are dark green with maroon undersides and distinctive, light green veins that create an eye-catching pattern. When in bloom, it produces tubular flowers that resemble a lipstick tube, typically in shades of deep red or maroon, adding a touch of exotic beauty to any space. Native to Southeast Asia, this evergreen plant thrives indoors, adding a touch of exotic charm and vibrant greenery to homes and offices. The Lipstick Black Pagoda can grow as a trailing or climbing vine, reaching up to 2-3 feet in length, making it an excellent choice for adding texture and visual interest to various indoor environments.

Care Instructions:

Light:

  • Prefers bright, indirect light but can tolerate some direct sunlight. Avoid prolonged exposure to intense afternoon sun, which can scorch the leaves.

Water:

  • Water thoroughly when the top inch of soil is dry. The Lipstick Black Pagoda prefers to dry out slightly between waterings. Reduce watering in the winter months when the plant's growth slows.

Humidity:

  • Thrives in moderate to high humidity environments. Regular misting or using a humidity tray can help maintain the necessary moisture levels, especially in dry indoor conditions.

Temperature:

  • Prefers temperatures between 60°F and 75°F (16°C - 24°C). Protect from cold drafts and temperatures below 50°F (10°C).

Soil:

  • Use a well-draining, rich organic potting mix. A mix containing peat moss, perlite, and compost works well to support healthy growth.

Fertilizer:

  • Feed with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer). Reduce feeding in the fall and winter.

Pruning:

  • Prune to maintain the desired shape and size. Remove any dead or damaged leaves to encourage new growth and keep the plant healthy. Pruning also helps to control the plant's growth and promote flowering.

Styling Tips:

  • Hanging Baskets: Place the Lipstick Black Pagoda in hanging baskets to showcase its trailing vines and dramatic foliage. Its cascading habit makes it perfect for elevated displays.
  • Trellis or Support: Train the Lipstick Black Pagoda to climb a trellis or support structure to create a vertical garden. Its climbing nature adds a lush, green backdrop to any space.
  • Shelf or Mantelpiece: Position the Lipstick Black Pagoda on a shelf or mantelpiece where its trailing vines can spill over the edge, adding a touch of greenery and elegance to elevated spaces.
  • Grouping with Other Plants: Combine with other humidity-loving plants like ferns, calatheas, and philodendrons to create a diverse and visually appealing indoor garden.
  • Modern Decor: The dramatic foliage and unique flowers of the Lipstick Black Pagoda fit well with modern, minimalist decor. Use a simple, contemporary pot to complement its striking appearance.

The Lipstick Black Pagoda, with its dramatic, patterned leaves and unique, tubular flowers, is a fantastic addition to any plant collection. Its striking appearance and adaptability make it a favorite among plant enthusiasts and interior designers looking to add a touch of tropical charm and vibrant greenery to their spaces.

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