How to Get a Lipstick Plant to Bloom

Hi Judy,
I live in Florida and purchased a plant called Lipstick Plant. It is supposed to get red flowers that resemble lipstick. I’ve had the plant for about 6 months and so far no flowers. It’s in a hanging basket and the stems and leaves are dark green and beautiful. Are you familiar with this plant as far as flowering?

Hi Peg,

I am familiar with lipstick plants and like them very much! This is what they look like in bloom.

Indoor lipstick plants, when placed in a bright location, produce beautiful, small, reddish orange flowers throughout the year. Stressing lipstick plants by allowing the soil to dry out before you water often encourages them to flower. Another way to help a lipstick plant bloom is to feed them every other week in the spring and summer, and monthly in the fall and winter with a fertilizer high in phosphorous. Always dilute the plant food to 1/2 the recommended strength. So very bright light, allow soil to dry out before watering, and feed with plant food high in phosphorous should have the plant blooming within a few months.

You can read all my care tips for a lipstick plant in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.