Lipstick Plant Propagation: A Comprehensive Guide

Jess Simpson
Jess Simpson
Founder of Plant Care Simplified

Jess is a true horticulturist whose passion for plants has led her to become an expert in tropical houseplants. Jess was born and raised in...

Lipstick plant propagation should be essential to your Aeschynanthus Radican plant care management. It has several benefits for the plant owner, from being an ideal way of managing your plant to adding to your group of plants while maintaining control over their quality.

Below, we will explore the various methods of Lipstick Plant Propagation. By mastering these techniques, you can produce new plants that are genetically identical to the parent Lipstick plant, allowing you to expand your collection or share your favorite plants with friends and family. Read on to learn more about the different propagation methods and how to choose the best one for your plant.

Reasons for Propagating A Lipstick Plant

Lipstick Plant Propagation

Lipstick plant propagation offers several benefits to gardeners and plant enthusiasts. Known for its vibrant red flowers and glossy green foliage, one of the primary reasons for propagation is to create more plants to fill a space or expand a collection. It is also a cost-effective way to obtain new plants, as purchasing established plants can be expensive.

Another benefit of Lipstick plant propagation is that it allows gardeners to control the health and quality of the new plants, particularly variegated varieties of lipstick plants. By taking cuttings from healthy, mature plants and using proper propagation techniques, gardeners can ensure that the new plants are disease-free and have a strong start in life.

Propagation can also help rejuvenate an older plant that may be struggling or declining. By dividing the root system and replanting or taking stem cuttings to promote new growth, gardeners can breathe new life into their plants and help them thrive.

Stem Cuttings

One of the most common methods of Lipstick plant propagation is through stem cuttings. This method involves taking a stem from the parent plant and encouraging it to develop roots, resulting in a new, genetically identical plant.

Choosing the Right Stem for Cutting

When selecting a stem for cutting, it is important to choose one that is healthy and mature. Look for a stem that is not too young or too old and has several sets of leaves. Additionally, the stem should be of adequate length, typically around 4-6 inches, and have at least one or two nodes.

Preparing the Stem Cutting

To prepare the stem cutting, use a sharp, sterile tool such as scissors or a knife to make a clean cut just below the node. Make sure the cut is at a 45-degree angle to increase the surface area for rooting. Remove the lower leaves from the stem, leaving only a few at the top. Applying rooting hormone to the cut end of the stem is optional but can help stimulate root growth.

Planting the Stem Cutting

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Select a suitable growing medium, such as a mix of perlite and peat moss or a well-draining potting soil. Insert the cutting into the medium, making sure to bury the node at least an inch deep. Keep the cutting moist and provide adequate humidity by placing a plastic bag over the pot or using a humidity dome. Propagating your Lipstick plant cutting in a terrarium is not only a great way to showcase the plant as it grows, it also helps with managing humidity levels.

Caring for The Cutting

Provide bright, indirect light for the cutting, avoiding direct sunlight. Water the cutting sparingly, keeping the soil moist but not waterlogged. Fertilize the cutting with a balanced fertilizer every two weeks to encourage healthy growth.

Transplanting the Rooted Cutting

After a few weeks, the cutting should begin to develop roots. Once the roots have grown to a few inches long, the cutting can be transplanted into a larger pot with well-draining soil. It is important to avoid disturbing the new roots during transplantation to prevent damage to the young plant.

Lipstick Plant Propagation by Layering 

There are types of layering methods that can be used for Lipstick plant propagation. There are two main types of layering: air layering and simple layering.

Air Layering

Air layering is a plant propagation method that allows a stem or branch to develop roots while still attached to the parent plant. This process often occurs naturally in the wild when a low branch or stem touches the ground and takes root.

With the air layering process, the roots are encouraged to grow in a controlled environment without the need for cutting the stem or branch from the parent lipstick plant. Once the roots have developed sufficiently, the new plant can be detached from the parent plant and grown separately.

Air Layering Procedure for Lipstick Plant Propagation

To accomplish Lipstick plant propagation via air layering, select an appropriate branch that is healthy and sturdy. Make a small upward cut on the branch about six inches from the tip. Apply rooting hormone to the cut and wrap the cut with moist sphagnum moss. Enclose the moss with clear plastic wrap and secure it with ties. Check the moss regularly to ensure it remains moist and monitor root development. When roots are visible through the plastic wrap, it is time to separate and transplant the new plant.

  1. Selection of an appropriate branch
  2. Making a small upward cut on the branch
  3. Applying rooting hormone to the cut
  4. Wrapping the cut with moist sphagnum moss
  5. Enclosing the moss with clear plastic wrap
  6. Securing the plastic wrap with ties
  7. Monitoring root development

Simple Layering

Simple layering propagation is a plant propagation method that involves bending a low-growing, flexible stem of the lipstick plant to the ground, covering part of it with soil, and leaving the remaining 6 to 12 inches above the soil.

The tip of the stem is bent into a vertical position and staked in place. The sharp bend will often induce rooting, but wounding the lower side of the bent branch may also help.

Simple Layering Procedure for Lipstick Plant Propagation

To carry out Lipstick plant propagation via simple layering, bend a low-growing branch to the ground and make a small cut on the underside of the branch. Bury the cut portion of the branch in soil and anchor it with a U-shaped stake. Monitor the branch for root development, and when roots are visible, separate and transplant the new plant.

  1. Bending a low-growing branch to the ground
  2. Making a small cut on the underside of the branch
  3. Burying the cut portion of the branch in the soil
  4. Anchoring the branch with a U-shaped stake
  5. Monitoring root development

Separating and Transplanting the New Plant

Once the new plant has developed a sufficient root system, it can be separated from the parent plant and transplanted into a pot or garden bed. Care should be taken during the separation process to avoid damaging the roots. The new plant should be given the same care and attention as a plant propagated through other methods, such as stem cuttings or division.


When a lipstick plant becomes overgrown or shows signs of stress or decline, Lipstick plant propagation through division is a useful method for rejuvenating the plant. Division involves separating the parent plant into smaller sections, each with its own root system, which can then be replanted in individual pots.

When to Consider Division Method for The Propagation of Lipstick Plants

There are a few signs to look out for when considering division as a propagation method for your lipstick plant. Overgrown plants, which have outgrown their pot or are spilling out of the sides, may benefit from division. Signs of stress or decline, such as yellowing or wilting leaves, may also indicate that division is necessary.

Division process

The division process should be carried out carefully to avoid damaging the parent plant and the new divisions. Follow these steps to propagate your lipstick plant through division:

  • Carefully remove the parent plant from its pot, ensuring that the roots are intact and undamaged.
  • Identify natural divisions in the root system by looking for sections of the plant that can be easily separated without damaging the roots.
  • Use a sterile knife or your hands to separate the divisions, making sure to keep the roots intact.
  • Replant the divisions in individual pots, using a suitable growing medium and ensuring that the plant is planted at the same depth as it was in the parent pot.

Caring for The Divided Plants

After dividing your lipstick plant, it is important to care for the new divisions properly to ensure their survival and growth.

Watering and humidity requirements: Newly divided plants may require more frequent watering to establish their root systems. Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged, and provide adequate humidity by misting the leaves or placing the pot on a tray of water and pebbles.

Light and temperature conditions: Place the newly divided plants in a bright location with indirect sunlight, avoiding direct sunlight, which can burn the delicate new growth. Maintain a consistent temperature between 60-80°F (15-27°C).

Fertilization: Newly divided plants should not be fertilized for the first few weeks until they have established their root systems. After that, fertilize with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Lipstick Plant Propagation: Key Takeaways

lipsticlk plant propagation - black pagoda

We have discussed three effective methods for propagating lipstick plants: stem cuttings, layering, and division. Each method has its unique set of requirements and procedures, but all are viable options for creating new plants. 

As with all plants, proper care and maintenance are crucial for successful Lipstick plant propagation, regardless of the method chosen. Always pay particular attention to providing the right lighting conditions, water, and nutrients and monitoring for pests and diseases.

With these considerations in mind, propagating lipstick plants can be a rewarding and enjoyable experience for any indoor gardener. We encourage readers to try it and see the beauty of their propagated plants flourish.

Propagation via Seed

All the methods that we have previously discussed involve asexual propagation. You can also grow a Lipstick plant through seed and pollination, which is known as sexual propagation.

This form of lipstick plant propagation is more common if grown outdoors during the summer, when hummingbirds assist in the pollination process. However, if your plant develops seed pods, it is easy to pollinate them manually with the tip of your finger.

The pods of lipstick plants are long and bean-like, hanging down from the stem. Some species can have pods over a foot long, and they take several months to mature. Once the pods are ripe, they will dry and split open lengthwise, and the seeds will float out. Unlike other gesneriad seeds, lipstick plant seeds have tiny hairs attached, making the mass of seeds look like fluff, with the actual seed in the middle of the hair.

Harvesting the seeds is relatively simple. You can wait until the pod dries and cracks and then gather the seeds quickly, or you can remove the pod when you see it beginning to dry and crack and place it in an envelope to capture the seed when the pod dries.

Even if you miss the event and the pod splits and dries, there is usually some seed that remains for several weeks or more. One pod can contain a lot of seeds, enough to grow on several hundred seedlings.

To propagate through sexual reproduction, take a pinch of the seed fluff and press it gently on top of the surface of very moist media (a damp piece of kitchen paper) and cover it over. The seedlings will look different from the parent as they grow, with their leaves being a little different in shape and markings; this is juvenile foliage. Watching the seedlings grow and mature is very rewarding and can teach you a lot about the plant's development.

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Jess Simpson
Jess SimpsonFounder of Plant Care Simplified

Jess is a true horticulturist whose passion for plants has led her to become an expert in tropical houseplants. Jess was born and raised in South East Asia surrounded by lush jungles and lush botanical gardens. This environment prompted her to develop a love for all things green and growing. A move to the UK helped her plant care skills and improved her knowledge Her commitment to her craft and her dedication to her customers has earned her a reputation as one of the best in the business. She continues to inspire others with her love for nature and the environment.Bio Page

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