HousePlant Identified as Tiger Leaf Lipstick Plant

Could you please identify this houseplant? It’s losing leaves and I don’t know what to do?

Hi Jackie,

Your plant is a Tiger Stripe Lipstick plant. Here are some care tips:

Light: Very bright, indirect light

Water: These plants flower more frequently and more abundantly if you allow the top 25% of the soil to dry out before watering. If the leaves of a lipstick plant appear soft and shriveled, give the plant more water. These plants lose leaves when they are over-watered which is what is probably happening with your plant.

Plant Food: Feed every other week in the spring and summer, and monthly in the fall and winter with a houseplant food high in phosphorous. Always delete the fertilizerPlants need fertilizer only when they are actively growing. Slow growing plants in low light require very little plant food. Too much fertilizer is worse than not enough. Most plants prefer a water soluble plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Plants that are in bloom or dormant should not be fertilized. Houseplant food contains nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). A fertilizer containing these elements in equal proportion is considered a balanced plant food. Nitrogen helps in photosynthesis and encourages the growth of leaves and stems. Potassium and phosphorus also help in photosynthesis and aid in root and flower development. Most fertilizers have trace elements of other minerals that are lacking in the soil but are necessary for good plant growth. Fertilizers have a high salt content. If a plant is not producing new leaves and doesn’t absorb the fertilizer, salts build up in the soil. These salts can burn the roots, discolor the leaves, and cause new growth to be small. to 1/2 the recommended strength.

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