Updated: April 14, 2022

Curly lipstick plant (Aeschynanthus twister) is a popular houseplant known for its curly, twisted leaves and vibrant red flowers. Propagating curly lipstick plants is an easy and cost-effective way to grow more of these beautiful plants. In this article, we’ll discuss the steps you need to follow to propagate curly lipstick plant the right way.

Step 1: Choose a Healthy Parent Plant

The first step in propagating a curly lipstick plant is to choose a healthy parent plant. Look for a plant that is free from disease, pests, and other issues. The parent plant should have strong stems and healthy leaves.

Step 2: Take Cuttings

Once you have chosen a healthy parent plant, it’s time to take cuttings. Use a clean, sharp pair of scissors or pruning shears to cut off a stem at least 4-6 inches long. Make sure the cutting has several sets of leaves and at least one node (the point where the leaf meets the stem).

Step 3: Prepare the Cuttings

After taking the cuttings, remove any leaves from the bottom 2 inches of the stem. This will allow the cutting to develop roots more easily. Dip the bottom of the cutting in rooting hormone powder to encourage root growth.

Step 4: Plant the Cuttings

Next, plant the cuttings in a pot filled with well-draining soil. Make sure you water the soil thoroughly after planting the cuttings. It’s also important to keep the soil moist but not waterlogged.

Step 5: Provide Adequate Light and Temperature

Curly lipstick plants require bright, indirect light to grow well. Keep your cuttings in a well-lit area but avoid direct sunlight as it can damage the delicate leaves. The ideal temperature range for curly lipstick plants is between 65-80°F.

Step 6: Wait for Root Growth

After planting the cuttings, it’s time to wait for root growth. This can take anywhere from 2-6 weeks depending on the conditions in your home. To check if your cuttings have developed roots, gently tug on the stem. If you feel resistance, it means roots have developed.

Step 7: Transplant to a Larger Pot

Once your cuttings have developed roots, it’s time to transplant them into larger pots. Choose a pot that is at least 4-6 inches in diameter and has drainage holes at the bottom. Fill the pot with well-draining soil and plant your new curly lipstick plant. Water the soil thoroughly and place your plant in a well-lit area.

Congratulations! You have successfully propagated your curly lipstick plant.


Can I propagate curly lipstick plant from seeds?

Yes, you can propagate curly lipstick plant from seeds. However, it’s much easier to propagate them from cuttings as it takes less time and effort.

How often should I water my curly lipstick plant?

Curly lipstick plants prefer moist soil but don’t like to be waterlogged. Water your plant once a week or when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch.

How do I know if my curly lipstick plant is getting enough light?

If your curly lipstick plant is getting enough light, it will produce vibrant red flowers and healthy foliage. If the leaves start to turn yellow or brown, it may be a sign that your plant is not getting enough light.

Can I propagate curly lipstick plant in water?

Yes, you can propagate curly lipstick plant in water. Simply place the cuttings in a jar filled with water and change the water every few days. Once roots have developed, transplant the cuttings into soil.

In conclusion, propagating curly lipstick plant is an easy and rewarding process. With the right tools and techniques, you can grow more of these beautiful plants and fill your home with their vibrant colors and unique foliage.