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Plant Know-How: Aeschynanthus longicaulis

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You may have seen this patterned plant before in your local hardware store and been intrigued by it. Aeschynanthus longicaulis is not the most common of houseplants and because of this its care is sometimes misunderstood. In the wild Aeschynathus longicaulis grows as an epiphyte. Instead of growing in the ground it sets its roots along the bark of trees. Knowing the climate and habitat your plant comes from can help to inform your care of it. To help you even more we've compiled some care tips to make the care of your Aeschynanthus longicaulis as easy as possible!
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Light requirements for Aeschynanthus longicaulis: This plant will do best grown in bright, indirect light. If grown in medium indirect light, they will not flower and will likely lose a lot of leaves. Be mindful that the amount of light your plant gets will dictate how frequently it will need to be watered.

Watering tips for Aeschynanthus longicaulis: Your Aeschynanthus longicaulis does not like to get too dry, but shouldn't be soggy either. Water when the top 1/4th of the soil has gone dry. If you need some help knowing how wet or dry your soil is, a moisture meter is a helpful tool that can take out some of the guesswork! This is a plant that will benefit from added humidity. They will do well next to a humidifier, with a pebble tray underneath of the pot, or in a very well lit bathroom where the shower is run often. Aeschynanthus longicaulis is native to Thailand and Malaysia, where it grows in warm, humid rainforests. Trying to mimic their natural habitat will help to ensure you're creating the right environment for your plant to thrive! 

The Best Soil for Aeschynanthus longicaulis: A. longicaulis does best in a chunky, well-draining potting medium that allows lots of oxygen to flow around the roots, and doesn't trap too much water for too long. Our Folia Favorite Mix was developed specifically with plants like this in mind.

Is Aeschynanthus longicaulis pet-safe? Aeschynanthus are non-toxic to cats & dogs! If you're looking for other pet-safe plants, be sure to check out the Pet Safe category of the Plant Care Compendium

Did you know? The genera Aeschynanthus is commonly known as Lipstick Plants because of their bright red, tubular flowers. Aeschynanthus longicaulis has a slightly different flower from some of its relatives. Instead of a red tubular flower, Aeschynanthus longicaulis has a more fluted, orange flower. It's very striking!

Intrigued by this stripey plant? We have 4" and 6" sizes available on our website for curbside and local delivery!