I need help to identify this houseplant- received it as a gift and not much instruction- the family had it for many years and moved across country so now it’s mine…. Need to know what type so I can figure it how often to water it and if it likes sunlight or not- I tend to kill plants be used I forget to water them but I really like this one and really really want it to service!! And thrive !
Your plant is called a Lipstick Plant because it gets red/orange flowers that resemble a small tube of red lipstick. Here’s a picture of a lipstick plant in bloom.
Lipstick Plants like bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light. but no direct sun and warm temperatures of 75-80 degrees. Allow at least 25% of the soil to dry out before watering the plant. The leaves will get soft and a little wrinkly when it really needs water. You can read more about lipstick plants in the Popular HousePlant section of the website.
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