Plant the Aeschynanthus pulcher ‘Mona Lisa’ as quickly as possible after receiving it, in a hanging basket or tall flowerpot, so that the branches of the plant are able to hang down. Choose a pot with holes in the base and a matching saucer. This will allow the water to drain away properly. Or use a decorative pot in which the water from the inner pot is collected. Scatter a layer of hydro pellets on the base of the flowerpot. Add fresh potting compost to the pot and place the root ball of Aeschynanthus pulcher ‘Mona Lisa’ at the correct height. Fill the flowerpot with more potting compost and gently press down the soil. Make sure the soil is a little bit below the edge, so there is room for water.
Generously water immediately after planting and preferably place the pot in a warm location, in partial shade (no full sun), preferably not above central heating. Try to avoid draught.
Lipstick Hanging Plant 'Mona Lisa' - PlantAeschynanthus pulcher 'Mona Lisa'
Bring the greenery indoors
A really lovely hanging plant that has been specially recommended by Rob Verlinden for its beautiful flowers. The Lipstick hanging plant (Aeschynanthus pulcher ‘Mona Lisa’) owes its name to the long red tubular flowers that do resemble a lipstick. Choose a bright spot in your living room to hang the lipstick plant in a hanging basket/pot but it must be kept away from direct sunlight. A tall flowerpot is also ideal for this attractive hanging plant. The lipstick hanging plant is also known as ‘Blushing rose’.Show more
Planting and flowering details
Show moreRegularly water Aeschynanthus pulcher ‘Mona Lisa’, as the root ball in the pot should not dry out. Preferably water with rainwater and regularly add plant nutrition for blooming plants to the water during growth.
Aeschynanthus pulcher 'Mona Lisa' is fond of a high air humidity. In order to achieve this, you should vaporize rainwater on the plant.
Keep Aeschynanthus cool and dry for 6 weeks in winter. During this period, new flower buds are produced.
Show moreThe oval-shaped leaves are a beautiful dark green colour.
Aeschynanthus pulcher originates from the tropical rain forests of Asia.
Aeschynanthus pulcher is classified under the gesneria family (Gesneriaceae).
The name Aeschynanthus comes from the Greek words aischuno (to be ashamed - probably because of the red flower) and anthos (flower). So the literal translation would be 'blushing flower'. The common English name of this flower is lipstick plant.