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Orange lipstick plant care in early summer

When my redlipstickplant (Petunia xhytophylla 'Fire Red') didn't reach the desired state, I looked for tips and I found many, especially by a great Australian friend. I'll try to keep this post updated.

Since June 1st I only feed the plant once a week with a mix of fertilizers.

The growth on the plants is quite good. The top is very dense, with lots of long petioles (stems).

My original plan was to fertilize in mid-late summer (from July onwards), so I will fertilize when the plant is at its most active, but until now it didn't flower. I could try to do so next week, but it is not certain if this will work, given that I am feeding every week. So it is better to wait for a while, until my plant will flower in early fall, with the maximum of flowering.

To reduce the risk of root rot, I water very rarely. Sometimes I water with very weak solution with only 1-2 pottles of fertilizer (approx 1-2 L), which has very weak potassium, phosphorus and nitrogen. I try to prevent that my plant gets "salty", since this will only stress it.

I also try to keep the soil a bit drier, but in this area of town in early summer it is really humid. I leave it slightly wet.

I also water and fertilize (with very low potassium in this area) the plants in pots in the terrace (they are watered twice per week). I would like them to flower there in the beginning of autumn, so I am feeding only once in late June.

I hope these are some useful tips for people that are interested in lipstick plant care. I also hope that the plant will not die from those tricks, because I would be very sad.

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We just had a "fierce hurricane" in our area here in Argentina which lasted from late June until now and I just read your article. It's good to know that the plant won't die, but I am concerned about the possible damage to the plant.

We don't have very cold winters in this region, so it would be nice to keep the plant outdoors at least until it is fully grown. But it seems like the best would be to have it at the terrace in the spring, where it will have the best light and protection from the sun.

I'm sorry, it seems that I didn't do a very good job of explaining the situation. I live in a small city in the south of Argentina, the mean tempeature for the last two years has been in the range of 30-32ºC.

This plant does not live outdoors, but it does have to have good sun and heat (I'm not sure that plants need much sun in the greenhouse though), so I decided to put it on the terrace until I feel that it needs to be moved back to the greenhouse. It has lived outside for the last 2 years, so I think it should do well this year.

I also think that it would be good to cut off about 1/3 of the top just to give it better access to light.

Thank you for the comments, I'm very grateful. It is also interesting for people that do not have a greenhouse, because then they can have them for free with a little care. I am also interested in sharing the information I know in an easy way. I just started the new blog, so I am in the process of finding a layout and the design I think would be best. I'll keep you updated.

Hi, I also do not have a greenhouse. I started my first plant on April 12th and it died a day later! I hope it will not happen again and that I can find out what is wrong with my plant. Do you know if there is something special that I need to know to grow it successfully? Thank you very much for your help.

Hi, I also do not have a greenhouse.I started my first plant on April 12th and it died a day later! I hope it will not happen again and that I can find out what is wrong with my plant. Do you know if there is something special that I need to know to grow it successfully? Thank you very much for your help.

I use a very specific product as fertiliser, that the local shop (Lidl) sells in packs of 6, with 5x7 litre buckets, which is enough to keep plants growing for about a year. I also add organic material (manure, compost, sawdust, etc) and water every other day (more than enough).

What size is the pot? Could you try a pot with less surface area to reduce evaporation and let the roots take up less space? (I like to use a 5-7 litre bucket for my orchids, the one that holds up to 10 litres, with a 10cm hole at the bottom. A bigger bucket, such as an earthenware one, holds even more!)

As for the seed, some people swear by starting seeds in a cup, in compost/soil in a tray with a lid. You can even buy those 'pot seeds' in some shops (e.g. in a pot with holes in the bottom for drainage). You could start them off at the plant you have and just leave them under a glass dome in your living room, if you like.

Hi, I use a very specific product as fertiliser, that the local shop (Lidl) sells in packs of 6, with 5x7 litre buckets, which is enough to keep plants growing for about a year. I also add organic material (manure, compost, sawdust, etc) and water every other day (more than enough).

What size is the pot? Could you try a pot with less surface area to reduce evaporation and let the roots take up less space? (I like to use a 5-7 litre bucket for my orchids, the one that holds up to 10 litres, with a 10cm hole at the bottom. A bigger bucket, such as an earthenware one, holds even more!)

As for the seed, some people swear by starting seeds in a cup, in compost/soil in a tray with a lid. You can even buy those 'pot seeds' in some shops (e.g. in a pot with holes in the bottom for drainage).You could start them off at the plant you have and just leave them under a glass dome in your living room, if you like.

Hi, I use a very specific product as fertiliser, that the local shop (Lidl) sells in packs of 6, with 5x7 litre buckets, which is enough to keep plants growing for about a year. I also add organic material (manure, compost, sawdust, etc) and water every other day (more than enough).

What size is the pot? Could you try a pot with less surface area to reduce evaporation and let the roots take up less space? (I like to use a 5-7 litre bucket for my orchids, the one that holds up to 10 litres, with a 10cm hole at the bottom. A bigger bucket, such as an earthenware one, holds even more!)

As for the seed, some people swear by starting seeds in a cup, in compost/soil in a tray with a lid. You can even buy those 'pot seeds' in some shops (e.