Aeschynanthus

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Black Pagoda

The Black Pagoda is a stunning, trailing plant with uniquely shaped patterns on the foliage, creating an absolute show-stopper. This beautiful plant is also known as a lipstick plant, adding to the multiple varieties within the lipstick plant family. 

Botanical Name: Aeschynanthus longicaulis

Water: This plant can handle drying out in between each water however, this plant prefers filtered water/rainwater as it can be sensitive to general tap water.

Light: A medium to high, brightly lit space will be perfect for this plant! It can handle some direct sunlight in the morning but prefers to live in a bright spot as the foliage can burn in direct sunlight.

Potting Media: A premium, aroid soil mix provides great drainage and oxygen for the roots which will positively impact the longevity of this plant. 

Humidity: This plant is fine in a low humidity area or a high humidity area although a draughty area is to be avoided. A dry spot in the home will do just fine as a home for the Black Pagoda. 

Temperature: 16-29° is a great temperature for this plant all year round. The foliage may yellow if the temperature drops, if this occurs try moving the plant into a warmer space.

Fertiliser: Use a balanced fertiliser once a month during Spring and Summer. We recommend the Dyna Gro Foliage-Pro as this fertiliser contains all the required nutrients that will support foliage growth in your plant.

The Dyna Gro Pro-TeKt is a recommended supplement that encourages cellular growth and strengthening that will aid your plant in protecting itself against pests.

Both are available in our 'Plant Food' section of the website.

Toxicity: Non-toxic.

Origin: Vietnam, Malaysia, & Thailand.

Extra care + tips: The Black Pagoda has the ability to produce either a green or yellow flower and does not require anything extra to do so. Typically this plant will flower during the spring and summer months!

Fun fact: This plant is classified as an epiphyte which means that it can absorb nutrients and water from the air around it! Hence why this plant does well in aroid soil mix. 

Grandiflorus

Mona Lisa

The Mona Lisa Lipstick plant has a gorgeous waxy, dark green & light green foliage that is accompanied by vibrant red flowers during the warmer seasons. When placed in a sunny spot, this plant will promote healthy foliage growth which results in a beautifully full & vibrant trailing plant. 

Botanical Name: Aeschynanthus obconicus 

Water: This plant enjoys drying out in between watering sessions and will give you some specific signs in relation to water. If the foliage begins to fall off easily, this is a sign of over-watering whereas soft and shrivelled foliage indicates that it is thirsty. Remember to empty any excess water out of the cover pot or tray to ensure root rot does not occur. 

Light: This plant will thrive in an indoor, brightly-lit area however, direct sun is strongly advised against as the harsh New Zealand sun will burn the foliage. 

Potting Media: A premium, aroid soil mix provides great drainage and oxygen for the roots which will positively impact the longevity of this plant. 

Humidity: This plant is fine in a low humidity area or a high humidity area although a draughty area is to be avoided. A dry spot in the home will do just fine as a home for the Mona Lisa. 

Temperature: The Mona Lisa prefers to stay in between 23º-30º so ensure that this plant is kept in a warmer area in winter, plus kept out of a draughty space. 

Fertiliser: Use a balanced fertiliser once a month during Spring and Summer, and a diluted solution during Winter. A diluted fertiliser mix during winter will provide your plant with the recommended nutrients required for growth however, as your plant enters the hibernation period it will not need the extra energy to create blooms and new foliage. We recommend the Dyna Gro Foliage-Pro 7-9-5 as this fertiliser contains all the required nutrients that will support foliage growth in your plant.

The Dyna Gro Pro-TeKt 0-0-3 is a recommended supplement that encourages cellular growth and strengthening that will aid your plant in protecting itself against pests.

Dyna Gro GROW 7-9-5, is an all-purpose, nutritionally complete, formula that promotes both foliage and bloom growth containing all 6 essential macronutrients and all 10 essential micronutrients that every plant needs.

These are available in our 'Plant Food' section of the website. 

Toxicity: Non-toxic. 

Origin: Malaysia.

Extra care + tips: During the warmer seasons, the use of Dyna Gro GROW 7-9-5 with every water will promote the growth of blooms and new foliage whilst placing the plant in a warm, brightly-lit area which will maintain plant health as it grows faster. 

Fun fact: This plant can grow up to 60 cm long which makes it the perfect plant to place in a hanging basket! Plus the Mona Lisa is epiphytic which means that this plant normally grows on trees or through the cracks in rocks, similarly to orchids, they can survive in minimal soil. 

Parasiticus

The Parasiticus, better known as the ‘Lipstick Plant’, has a beautifully elongated, deep green foliage that clusters together to form an eventual hanging attraction as gravity does its job. The foliage has a leathery & matte appearance as it matures while the blooms are either a dark red or orange, which creates a stunning contrast. 

Botanical Name: Aeschynanthus parasiticus

Water: Normal watering refers to completely saturating the potting media to ensure that any build-up of minerals is washed out. Once the potting media has been completely saturated, allow your plant to rest in the water for less than 2-3 hours to ensure that the plant has had a proper drink. Remember to remove any excess water once you have completed your watering session to make sure that root rot is avoided. When the top 2-3 inches of potting media has completely dried out, this is a sign that your Parasiticus is in need of water. When the hotter seasons come around, your Parasiticus may need more water as it will be growing and blooming within these seasons whereas winter months will require less water as your plant settles into a short hibernation.

Light: This plant enjoys partial shade with partial direct sun. This sort of plant set-up can look like placing your plant in a spot that receives morning sun, as the direct sun in the morning is less harsh than the afternoon sun, whilst allowing your plant to rest in a brightly-lit area as the sun continues to move throughout the day. 

Potting Media: As this plant is epiphytic an aroid potting mix is recommended. An aroid premium mix will ensure that the roots are given the right amount of oxygen to thrive and live its best life. 

Humidity: This plant can survive in medium to high humidity conditions, which can look like 50%-80%. This plant cannot tolerate a draughty area so keep away from any open windows/doors. 

Temperature: This plant will thrive in conditions between 15-29 degrees Celsius. Any temperature above or below those temperatures will create some stress in the plant and create a decline in production and general wellbeing. 

Fertiliser: Use a balanced fertiliser once a month during Spring and Summer, and a diluted solution during Winter. A diluted fertiliser mix during winter will provide your plant with the recommended nutrients required for growth however, as your plant enters the hibernation period it will not need the extra energy to create blooms and new foliage. We recommend the Dyna Gro Foliage-Pro 7-9-5 as this fertiliser contains all the required nutrients that will support foliage growth in your plant.

The Dyna Gro Pro-TeKt 0-0-3 is a recommended supplement that encourages cellular growth and strengthening that will aid your plant in protecting itself against pests.

Dyna Gro GROW 7-9-5, is an all-purpose, nutritionally complete, formula that promotes both foliage and bloom growth containing all 6 essential macronutrients and all 10 essential micronutrients that every plant needs.

These are available in our 'Plant Food' section of the website. 

Toxicity: Non-toxic.

Origin: India.

Extra care + tips: This plant can attract a pest called mealy bugs, which can affect the health of the plant. Mealy bugs have a fluffy white appearance, similar to cotton wool, and will eventually take over the plant if left untreated. These pests will aim for new foliage as the leaf is softer and easier to consume, therefore checking new foliage is a great way to ensure there are no pests. They can be spot treated with a cotton tip dipped into Isopropyl alcohol, whereas in the long run a spray treatment, such as neem oil, is a great tool to use as a pest repellent. 

Fun fact: This plant can be propagated by cutting a stem just below a leaf node and on a diagonal. Remove any excess leaves from the leaf nodes at the cutting point so that there is foliage at the top & none below. Up to five of these cuttings can be placed in the same pot of aroid mix, and finally wrapped in a plastic bag/container to increase the humidity inside while the new cuttings begin to root. This bag/container should be placed in a brightly lit area with no direct sunlight, and opened up to water whenever the soil has dried. 

Parvifolium

Splendens