Cyrtostachys renda [Lipstick Palms]

It’s appropriately named for its distinctive, bright red fronds and trunk. Lipstick palm is considered by many to be one of the world’s most beautiful and exotic palms.

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Botanical name: Cyrtostachys renda

Common names: Lipstick Palms

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Description

Lipstick palm growing conditions include partial shade while the plant is young. Otherwise, mature trees thrive in full sunlight. This warm climate tree prefers year-round temperatures between 24-29 C.

Red sealing wax palm doesn’t grow well in dry soil and isn’t tolerant of strong winds. It requires high humidity and even grows in swampy conditions or standing water, making this palm a useful pond plant. Although lipstick palm can be started by seed, it’s much easier and faster to remove and replant suckers from the side of an established tree. If you’re adventurous and want to try your hand at growing lipstick palm from seeds, remove dry seed heads from a plant, then remove the seeds and plant them in a planting media with excellent moisture retention. Germination generally takes at least two to four months, and seeds may not sprout for up to nine months.

The main challenge when it comes to lipstick palm plant care is keeping the soil consistently moist. Otherwise, lipstick palm requires little attention. Although lipstick palm can be grown in a container indoors, most growers find it extremely difficult to maintain adequate humidity and warmth to sustain the plant.

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