Aeschynanthus Japhrolepsis

{ Lipstick Plant }


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About Jethro

Like his sister, Mona, Jethro is plant royalty. He reigns above the other house plants with his tumbling, layered foliage and lipstick-like flowers. This gorgeous plants adds an amazing pop of colour to both the jungles of South-East Asia and the flats of London.

His botanical name, 'Aeschynanthus', comes from the Greek word 'aischyne', which means shame or disgrace. Why? We have no idea. But we're not ashamed of Jethro -- in fact, we'd proudly display him in our homes

Quick Facts

Botanical name: Aeschynanthus Japhrolepis

Nicknames: Basket Vine

Plant type: Evergreen perennial / indoor

Toxic?: Non-toxic

Current height (including pot): 30-40cm

Pro level: Medium

Nursery pot size: 15cm, repot every one-two years

How to Care for Jethro (Lipstick Plant)

It's important to get the light just right for Jethro. While he doesn't like being in full sunlight, he won't tolerate full shade, either. Try placing him in a spot with bright, filtered light -- a south- or west-facing window is best for this.

Too much water can spell disaster for Jethro. He likes his soil on the dry side -- ideally, his compost should be kept moist, and never soggy. Make sure the top quarter of his soil is dry before you give him a shower.

Being a tropical plant, Jethro prefers a warmer climate. He'll do best around 18 degrees but try not to keep him in temperatures lower than 10 degrees

Jethro loves a bit of humidity; mist him frequently, or try placing him in the kitchen/bathroom. If you need more tips for increasing humidity, check out our Care Guide

Give Jethro a balanced liquid fertiliser (diluted to half strength) every month during growing season (spring-late fall) to promote growth.

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