10 Pro Tips to Take Care of Aglonema Red Lipstick Plant

Aglaonema red lipstick, also known as the lipstick aglaonema, is a lucky houseplant with beautiful red and green leaves. This tropical plant is relatively easy to care for, making it a perfect choice for both beginners and experienced gardeners. Let us go through some easy and practical tips that help you care for your red aglaonema plants.

1. Light requirements 

The Aglaonema red lipstick thrives in bright indirect light. While it can tolerate lower light conditions, the vibrant red hues may fade in insufficient light. This is the case for any foliage plant. The more the sun, the merrier the colour of the leaves. However, it is important to avoid direct sunlight as it can scorch the leaves.

2. Watering it right

Water your lipstick aglaonema regularly but allow the soil to dry slightly between waterings. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so ensure the pot has proper drainage. Reduce watering during winter months when the plant's growth slows down. The best way to test it is to take the top layer of the potted soil in your fingers and feel it. 

3. Humidity

Red aglaonema plants love humidity and thrive in medium to high humidity. This makes red aglaonemas perfect to put in washrooms as well. If the air in your home is dry, consider using a humidifier or placing the plant on a tray filled with pebbles and water. Misting the leaves occasionally can also help. It can also be helpful if you group them and keep them together. 

4. Temperature

Maintain a consistent temperature between 65°F and 75°F (18°C to 24°C) for your lipstick aglaonema. Avoid placing the plant near drafts, vents, or sudden temperature changes. Plants get stressed with sudden temperature changes hence it is important to take care of them. They enjoy relatively warmer temperatures. 

5. Soil Type

Use a well-draining, peat-based potting mix for your aglaonema lipstick plant. You can also add perlite or river sand to improve drainage and prevent waterlogging. A good potting mix could include compost, peat, and sand along with clay soil. 

6. The right fertilising routine 

Feed your red aglaonema every 4-6 weeks during the growing season (spring and summer) with a balanced fertiliser. It is good to feed this plant with nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorous as it aids in good growth. We also recommend DR. Health for best results. 

7. Pruning

Regularly prune dead or yellowing leaves to keep your plant looking its best. Use sharp, clean scissors to make precise cuts. Pruning is always a good idea as it encourages healthy growth. Pruning releases growth hormones in plants, thereby helping plants to thrive beautifully. 

8. Repotting

Repot your Aglaonema red lipstick every 2-3 years or when it outgrows its current pot. Choose a pot that's 1-2 inches larger in diameter to accommodate growth. One important tip to keep in mind to get your red aglaonema to have good volume is to provide them with less space in their containers. 

9. Pest Control

Keep an eye out for common pests such as spider mites, mealybugs, and aphids. If you notice an infestation, treat it promptly with insecticidal soap or neem oil. Keep an eye out if you see any sign of stress in the plants. A lot of times it can be due to lack of nutrients but at times it could also be a result of pest attack. 

10. Propagation

You can propagate your lipstick aglaonema plant through stem cuttings. Choose a healthy stem with several leaves and place it in a pot with moist soil. Keep the soil consistently moist until roots develop. A lot of times, your propagation may not be successful. Keep trying in that case and don't lose hope. 

Taking care of your aglaonema red lipstick plant doesn't have to be complicated. By following these 10 pro tips, you can enjoy the lush, colourful foliage of this beautiful houseplant for years to come. Happy gardening!

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