Why Is My Black Pagoda Lipstick Plant Dying? Tips for Rescuing Your Dying Aeschynanthus Longicaulis Plant

The black pagoda lipstick plant is such an interestingly attractive plant, with its dark purple undersides and bold green leaves, not to mention the yellow blossoms that resemble tubes of lipstick.

Of course, you can’t help but fall in love with this foliage, so you’re likely concerned if you think it might be dying. Fortunately, we have plenty of steps you can take to bring it back to life!

A Black Pagoda Lipstick Plant Is a Great Choice for Your Home or Office

A Black Pagoda Lipstick Plant Is a Great Choice for Your Home or Office

Native to the tropics of Southeast Asia, the black pagoda lipstick, also called the zebra plant because of the zebra-like stripes on the leaves, loves warm temperatures, mild humidity, medium light, and regular water.

It’s a great plant to have in your home or office because it’s easy to grow and maintain, and its startling appearance makes it a natural conversation piece. It’s a cascading, vining plant, so it’s ideal for hanging baskets or high shelves, where it can drape its stems and leaves down along the foot or two of its length.

Like most houseplants, the black pagoda lipstick plant will also keep your air clean. It will absorb many common household toxins and release oxygen into the environment around it.

As an added benefit, if you’re interested in feng shui, the black pagoda lipstick encourages passion and excitement, so it’s a great option to have it in a room where you want lively activity and conversation.

Signs of a Dying Black Pagoda Lipstick Fern Plant

The most obvious signs of a dying black pagoda lipstick plant are as follows:

  • Mushy stems
  • Discolored leaves
  • Dropping leaves
  • Scorched leaves
  • Soggy soil

Common Causes of a Dying Black Pagoda Lipstick Plant

The most common causes of a dying black pagoda lipstick plant include:

  • Too much direct sunlight
  • Too much water
  • Not enough light
  • Not enough water
  • Not enough humidity

Watering Needs of a Black Pagoda Lipstick Plant

The black pagoda lipstick plant has thick leaves and stems that hold water for a long time, so it isn’t very thirsty.

To read more about watering your plant, take a look at this article on watering mistakes that might be killing your plant.

Am I Underwatering My Black Pagoda Lipstick Plant?

You’ll know your plant is lacking water if the leaves and stems get dry and start turning brown. You’ll also notice the soil gets tightly packed.

Restoring Water to Your Underwatered Black Pagoda Lipstick Plant

If you have underwatered your plant, you can restore its moisture by watering it thoroughly to the point of soaking then letting it dry out completely before watering it again. Stay on this watering schedule, and you’ll be just fine.

Am I Overwatering My Black Pagoda Lipstick Plant?

In contrast, the black pagoda lipstick plant is much more likely to suffer from overwatering, in which case you’ll notice soggy soil and mushy stems and leaves.

Restoring Balance to Your Overwatered Black Pagoda Lipstick Plant

In this case, be sure to move your plant into a brighter area of your home and allow it to dry out. If the soil is not drying up, you may need to repot it. Remove the root ball from the pot and cut away any mushy stems or roots.

Allow the root ball to dry out on a screen in the sunshine for a few days.

When you repot the plant in fresh indoor house plant soil, make sure you water it just until the water runs through the drainage holes then allow it to dry out completely before watering it again.

Stay on a regular watering schedule that repeats this process, so it doesn’t get waterlogged again.

Soil Needs of a Black Pagoda Lipstick Plant

The black pagoda lipstick plant requires a chunky houseplant soil rich with bark and peat moss, so it doesn’t hold water.

Soil Drainage Needs for a Black Pagoda Lipstick Plant

Make sure you plant this foliage in a pot with drainage holes in the bottom, so it never sits in water.

Resolving Soil Drainage Issues for a Black Pagoda Lipstick Plant

If you still notice your plant is sitting in water and the soil isn’t drying, place pebbles in the bottom of the pot, which should resolve that issue.

Lighting Needs of a Black Pagoda Lipstick Plant

The black pagoda lipstick plant is a low-level plant from a tropical forest, which means it’s used to getting medium light filtered through large leaves overhead. Your job is to mimic this medium light and filtering.

Resolving Lighting Issues for a Black Pagoda Lipstick Plant

If you notice the leaves of your plant are getting scorched, move it away from the light or consider hanging a transparent curtain to filter the light. If, however, you see the colors of the plant turning dull, it likely needs more light, so move it closer to a window.

It may take some time to get the balance right, but just pay attention to what’s happening with your plant, and you’ll get there.

Pests or Diseases that Can Cause Issues with a Black Pagoda Lipstick Plant

You don’t typically have to worry about pests or disease with a black pagoda lipstick plant, but if you do notice aphids, mites, or mealybugs, you can get rid of them quickly. Simply spray the plant liberally with neem oil every few days until the bugs are gone for good.

Fake Black Pagoda Lipstick Plants May Be an Additional Consideration

Fake Black Pagoda Lipstick Plants May Be an Additional Consideration

If, in the end, you find the black pagoda lipstick plant is just too much to keep up with, you can always opt for a fake version of this plant. The artificial black pagoda lipstick can look just like the real thing, and you can usually find a high-quality version that will grace your home or office with its beauty for years to come.

If you’re worried a fake crispy wave fern is not trendy, check out my article on whether artificial plants and flowers are tacky.

Live or fake, you won’t be sorry to bring this gorgeous foliage into your home or office. It’s worth the upkeep.

How’s your black pagoda lipstick plant doing? What are you doing to keep it alive and well? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from my readers.

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