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Aeschynanthus longicaulis AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Conservatory/Greenhouse or Houseplant

Habit

Trailing

Resilience

Hardiness

H1c (heated greenhouse - warm temperate)

Colour

Flower

Orange and Red in Winter

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

long-stemmed basket plant

Family

Gesneriaceae


Aeschynanthus can be climbers, subshrubs or trailing perennials with simple, fleshy, evergreen leaves and showy tubular flowers, some with a contrasting calyx

A. longicaulis is an evergreen perennial with trailing stems to 1m in length bearing dark green lance-shaped leaves and clusters of tubular orange-red flowers 5cm in length from summer to early winter

Synonym(s)

  • Aeschynanthus marmoratus
  • Aeschynanthus zebrinus

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow under glass or indoors in a mix of 3 parts fibrous peat and 1 part sphagnum moss in filtered light and high humidity. In the growing season water freely with soft water and apply a half-strength balanced liquid fertiliser monthly when established. Can be grown outdoors in tropical or sub-tropical areas in a humus-rich, well-drained soil. Will tolerate brighter light in high humidity

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Chalk, Loam or Clay

Propagation

Propagate by semi-hardwood cuttings in summer. Root in gritty compost at 15 to 19 °C

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Aphids may be a problem

Diseases

Generally disease free