Houseplants forum: lipstick plant

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Jul 13, 2017 8:37 AM CST
Hi, I have two lipstick plants, one at the office and one at home. I've had these plants for well over 10 years and I was shocked last week when on of them grew flowers. I had no idea what kind of plant I had, I just thought it look like a nice vine. After searching the web that's when I found out I had lipstick plants. Why haven't I had flowers before? What should I do to have more flowers bloom?
Name: Lin
Southeast Florida (Zone 10a)

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Jul 13, 2017 9:22 AM CST
Hi lowsonjuliehotmail, Welcome!

I'm not sure why your Lipstick Plant (Aeschynanthus) took 10 years before producing blooms. I've grown many of them over the years and mine would sometimes bloom once a year or every couple of years. I guess if lighting, nutrients, soil moisture, etc. is perfect, they will grace us with blooms but I'm really not good at fertilizing any of my plants which I'm sure they'd appreciate on occasion. Smiling
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Name: Will Creed
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Jul 14, 2017 1:59 PM CST
I would add to Lin's list that flowering plants often need to be moderately potbound before they will flower.
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