lipstick plant 'mona lisa'

smithjm(z9 FL)August 10, 2005

a couple months ago it bloomed but only had a couple of them and they didn't last long. How can it get more buds? it gets plenty of light but not direct. it s growing very well. Heres a pic of it when it was in bloom. those blooms you see there were it, after that it didn't bloom again.

Here is a link that might be useful: http://community.webshots.com/photo/357680679/363824560qDcVdy#

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Motezuma(z5 WV)

I think it probably needs more sun.

-Mo (WV)

    Bookmark   August 10, 2005 at 10:21PM
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jon_d(Northern Calif.)

I don't know this name, but it seems I know this plant. So, now I know the name of the Lipstick I bought without a name last winter. My plant just came back into flower after its initial heavy flowering. It was loaded with buds when I bought it. Now, my plant is flowering but lightly, about like yours, maybe a little better. I have it in my greenhouse where it is getting good light. I think with lipsticks it is a combination of even watering, feeding and good light that gets a good flower show. Speaking of Flower Shows, today I am entering this plant in the County Fair--so your post has been very timely, providing me with a cultivar name.

Your plant is probably adequately lighted, though you could try to get more light to it somehow--maybe by lowering it a little or moving it or something. But, I think you have it in a decent location. Just have patience and see if it doesn't flower better at its nex go-round. I believe this one and some others are new hybrids coming from Europe (Holland??) where they are being mass propagated and sold all over the world. It seems to be an improvement on the older Lipsticks like lobbianus, radicans, 'Pullobia' etc. I use "Lipsticks" only for the aeschynanthus in this group which have large lipstick tube-like calyxes. Thanks for posting the photo.

Jon

    Bookmark   August 11, 2005 at 2:25PM
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gw:shirley-flowers

WILL LIPSTICK LIVE OUT SIDE HERE IN ZONE 6

    Bookmark   March 31, 2006 at 5:10PM
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irina_co(z5 CO)

Here is where?
It needs good humidity and ouside shade - so if you are in a humid climate, you can keep it outside in summer under the porch roof - so it can get morning sun or evening but not afternoon - and you will take it home when it gets under 50. I think Jon_D tried almost all the gesneriads to grow outside in SF area - so he will be the best expert.

Good Luick

irina

    Bookmark   March 31, 2006 at 6:54PM
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greenelbows1(z9--so LA)

As Irina says, outside in the summer is probably okay, but in z6 you'll freeze 'em to sticks before winter hits. I grow mine outside, with some protection if frost is predicted, but I'm in z9, and this 'winter' we didn't even get a real frost.

    Bookmark   April 1, 2006 at 12:26AM
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gw:shirley-flowers

HOW DO YOU TAKE CARE OF THEM LIKE FOOD,DO THEY LIKE THERE ROOTES DRY OR LOOSE? HOW TALL DO THEM GET? OR ANY MORE CARE

    Bookmark   April 1, 2006 at 7:57AM
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