The lipstick rasta hoya plant is native to the rain forests of Malaysia. The vines of the plant appear as dreadlocked hair from a distance, and the blooms resemble a tube of red lipstick when they begin to blossom. The plant grows well in a hanging basket for a colorful display. The leaves of the lipstick plant turn to a burgundy color on the undersides in the summer. A lipstick plant is easy to care for.
The lipstick plant is tropical so cold temperatures should be avoided. The temperature around the plant should be no less than 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Do not repot the plant more than every two or three years. The lipstick plant prefers to be root bound and this will encourage blooming.
Insufficient lighting will stop the lipstick plant from blooming. Use artificial lighting if natural light is not readily available.
Even though the lipstick plant enjoys water, over-watering will cause the leaves to turn yellow and drop off the plant. When the soil dries out, slightly new growth will occur.
The lipstick plant is prone to mealy bugs, mites and aphids. Eliminate aphids with warm water that has a mild soap added to it. Wash the leaves of the plant thoroughly. Buy an insecticide at any garden supply store to combat mealy bugs or mites.
A high level of salt in the soil can cause root damage and kill the lipstick plant. If this is a problem, exchange the soil in the container with fresh soil.