Light: Thrives in bright, indirect sunlight – this will help promote blooms.

Do not place it in a location where the plant receives direct sunlight or the leaves can burn. If the Lipstick plant does not bloom and/or the stem becomes long and scraggly looking, most likely the plant is not receiving enough sunlight.

Watering: Water when the top 50% of soil feels dry, then water thoroughly. Try to be consistent with watering. 

Temperature: Indoor temperatures of 65 to 80 degrees. Don’t place by heating or cooling vents.

Humidity: Prefers a more humid environment. To increase humidity you can mist plant several times per week with room temperature water, add a partially filled pebble tray, or use a humidifier. This plant thrives in bathrooms – the regular use of water around the plant creates a humid environment.

Toxicity: Non-toxic


Shriveled leaves: indicates plant is not getting enough water.

Leaves lose shiny green color: suggests overwatering. It is better to miss a watering or wait an extra week than to regularly apply too much water.

Black, water-soaked areas on the leaves: indicates it has a fungal problem (botrytis). You can trim off the affected leaves and reduce moisture around the plant by misting only during the daytime hours so the leaves have time to dry by night.