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The Aeschynanthus speciosus prefer well-lit locations, but fear direct sunlight, which could cause sunburn to the foliage; they are very afraid of the cold, therefore they are grown in an apartment or in a temperate greenhouse. During the summer season, they are plants that can be placed outdoors, avoiding exposing them to direct sunlight.
The ideal temperature for growing Eschinanthus is around 25 °C during the hot season, while during the cold season temperatures should never fall below 15 °C. For this reason, these plants are grown as indoor plants.
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From March to the end of August, it is best to keep the soil in which Eschinanthus are grown moist, remembering to vaporize the foliage often, without exceeding, about twice a month add universal fertilizer to the water of watering. During the rest period, water every 4-5 weeks, or wait for the soil to dry completely between one watering and the other. Even during the cold months remember to vaporize the foliage with demineralized water.
Exemplars of aeschynanthus speciosus are buried in containers filled with a mixture of three parts of fibrous peat and one part of dry moss. In this way we will obtain a soft and well aerated substratum; we can also use the soil already ready for orchids.
As far as repotting is concerned, it is not necessary to provide for an annual intervention, and when proceeding with the operation it is good to choose a container that is slightly larger than the previous one, but not too much because these plants do not like large containers.
The multiplication of Eschinanthus plants can be done by cutting or by layering. In order to proceed with the technique of the cuttings, to do some cuttings of 10-12 cm in May-June from the non floriferous branches, to bury in a compound rich of sand, to be kept humid and at the temperature of 18-20 °C till the appearance of the roots; then to transfer the new plants in the pots.
It can also be multiplied by layering, to be done with moist soil at any time of the year.
Eschinanthus – Aeschynanthus speciosus: Parasites and diseases
This plant can be attacked by aphids, the red spider web, and rarely by floury cochineal. To counteract the attack of the red spider, it is possible to intervene simply by increasing the humidity with the vaporization of water on the leaves; the cochineals can be removed with a cloth with alcohol, or by washing the plant with water and neutral soap to be rinsed carefully.
For aphids there are special products, or you can use macerated garlic-based or nettle to vaporize on the affected specimens.