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How do you care for lipstick vine?

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Caring for a lipstick vine involves proper soil, nutrients, water, light and temperature. For the soil, use a 3-2-1 ratio of liquid fertilizer, and water the plant in moderation, as too much water may result in root rot or fungal problems. Place the lipstick vine in an area with neither full sun nor full shade. Soil and air temperatures must be at least 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit for the plant to bloom.

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A lipstick vine that has been exposed to too much sunlight or too little water develops brown edges on the leaves. If the leaves turn yellow and fall from the plant, the vine has received too little water, light or both. Leaves with reddish-brown masses resembling a spider web need a fungicide treatment.

The scientific name for the lipstick vine is Aeschynanthus. The plant has pointy, waxy leaves and blooms with vivid red blossoms, which emerge from a maroon bud and resemble a tube of lipstick. The plant originates in tropical regions around the world and is not difficult to grow.

The lipstick vine has several varieties including cascading, semi-trailing, upright or climbing. The cascading lipstick vine grows well in a hanging basket. Gardeners may repot lipstick plants from cuttings.

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