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Aeschynanthus speciosus
  • RHS AGM

showy basket plant

A spreading, trailing, tropical perennial with leathery green leaves. In summer and autumn it bears clusters of yellow and dark orange tubular flowers to 10cm long. Makes a good houseplant for a bright spot

Synonyms
Aeschynanthus aucklandiae
Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Orange Yellow Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1A
Botanical details
Family
Gesneriaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Trailing
Genus

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

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Malaysia

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow as a house or conservatory plant in a houseplant compost. Position the pot or hanging basket in bright, filtered light for best growth and flowering. Apply a balanced liquid feed monthly during the growing season. See houseplant cultivation for further information

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings in spring or semi-ripe cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Conservatory and greenhouse
Pruning

Trim back weak or overly-long shoots as necessary

Pests

May be susceptible to aphids and mealybugs

Diseases

Generally disease-free

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