Gardening

Aeschynanthus: a vibrant bloom


The aeschynanthus amazes our interiors with its magnificent flowering from May to September.

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Aeschynanthus
Family : Gesneriaceae
Type : Perennial, houseplant

Height
: 30 to 40 cm
Exposure : Bright
Ground : Rather acidic

Foliage
: Persistent
Flowering : May to September

Planting, maintenance, watering or repotting, are all parameters that will contribute to the success of your aeschynanthus.

Planting, repotting aeschynanthus

It is recommended plant the rhizomes in early spring in a mixture of potting soil and heather soil.

  • The tubers should reach almost the surface to avoid any risk of rotting.

Repotting takes place in the spring, usually April.

  • Replace the soil entirely with new potting soil.
    Mix a potting mix for flowering plants with heather soil

Prefer a bright place, bright but without direct sun, especially during the hottest hours.

You can install it next to a saintpaulia because they are part of the same family, the growing conditions are the same.

Multiply an aeschynanthus

You can multiply Aeschynanthus easily, it is the assurance of making new plants and why not making your friends happy.

  • Division of rhizomes in spring. Prefer those that already have a few leaves.
  • Plant these rhizomes in pots filled with potting soil.
  • Place these cuttings in the light but without direct sunlight.
  • Water regularly but without excess.

Caring for aeschynanthus

Regularly remove faded flowers to encourage the appearance of new buds.

If your does not bloom, it is probably that all the growing conditions are not met.

> Make sure it has enough light to develop well.

> TheAeschynanthus loves heat.It may be drafty or your room temperature is not high enough in summer (Minimum 22 ° to flower)

Place in good light and watch out for cold snap in winter.

Watering the aeschynanthus

Even though it is native to the tropics of Asia, aeschynanthus does not need excessive watering.

We will water more during the flowering period, that is to say from May to September, and we will respect a drier period during the winter months.

This is how we will best respect the 2 important periods of tropical regions, namely a rainy season and a dry season.

Or about twice a week in summer, and add liquid fertilizer every 10 to 15 days. The rest of the year, water sparingly, no more than once a week. This period of almost dry vegetative rest, with good light, guarantees a new flowering.

  • It should bewater regularly but without excess between May and September-October.
    Must also mist the leavesduring this same period to maintain a good level of humidity.
  • At the end of flowering (October), gradually reduce watering until it stops completely when the leaves are dead.
    Respect her wintering period by putting it in a cooler (about 15 °) and dark room.
  • From February March, start watering again by installing your plant in a warmer (18 to 22 °) and bright room
  • Since the May you can put it outside if you wish, never in direct sunlight but with good light.
  • As aeschynanthus is fragile, avoid moving it too often.

Fertilizers and aeschynanthus

Aeschynanthus have need fertilizer throughout the growing season, from May to September.

It is the assurance of having a very beautiful flowering throughout this period.

  • Bring some every two weeks or soliquid fertilizer for flowering plants.

Starting in September, gradually reduce the amount of fertilizer and stop everything from October.

Aeschynanthus after flowering

Once the flowers have wilted, it is necessary reduce watering until the leaves are completely wilted and fallen.
Once there is more leaves, put your aeschynanthus in a cool, shaded place and rather dry.

The ideal temperature at rest is around 13 to 15 °.

At the end of winter, repot the tuber in new potting soil and resume regular watering.

From theappearance of the first buds, water abundantly and here is your aeschynanthus gone for a new flowering.

Good to know about aeschynanthus

Originally from Asia and more particularly from tropical areas from China but also from India and Malaysia, aeschynanthus thrives particularly well indoors in our climates where it flowers generously from May to September.

If we would like it to flower for longer, we will gladly console ourselves by the beauty of its bright red or orange-yellow flowers.

Its maintenance is relatively easy if the rules mentioned above are respected.

  • Do not hesitate to bring him a lot of light however, avoiding direct sunlight.

Tip about aeschynanthus

Quite sensitive aphids, one method is to plant 1 or 2 cloves of garlic at the base of the plant to repel them.

Video: Aeschynanthus sp. Lipstick Plant (October 2020).