About the Lipstick Palm (Cyrtostachys renda)
The Lipstick palm is a stunning feather palm with a brilliantly, almost unbelievably vivid red trunk & crown shaft, found in lowland coastal swamps in SE Asia. It’s a medium sized, to about 6m, clumping palm. The Lipstick Palm is one of the most spectacular and colourful tropical palms and extremely popular as garden and landscaping plant.
How to grow a Lipstick Palm
Cyrtotachys renda is very cold sensitive and should not be grown in the garden outside the tropics. To germinate the seed you must be able to maintain temperatures around 30C, so if you are outside the tropics you will need a special heated conservatory to do the job. Although they can be challenging to grow, they make a wonderful and spectacular potted specimen for the house and patio (on warm days). The Lipstick Palm should not be exposed to temperatures under 15 degrees. In the tropics it’s very easy to grow, provided it gets lots of water and sun/overhead light. Soil should be rich, moist and loamy, and plants should be fed monthly with a tropical plant or palm fertilizer.
Lipstick Palm Seed Propagation
- These are super fresh seeds, straight off the tree. They are posted with their husks on to preserve freshness.
- Soak seeds for a 2 days to loosen the husk. Change water every day. They can be placed on a heating pad to speed up the process, but any warm spot will do.
- Plant in moist peat moss, seed raising mix or other fine, well draining potting mix.
- Mist seeds with water daily. You can cover with a plastic bag to keep the humidity up.
- Seeds take 1-4 months to germinate.
- Seeds may go a bit smelly/ mouldy in the packet, this is caused by the sugars in the husk. Nothing to worry about, just rinse them in a sieve. Best to plant as soon as possible, after removing the husk.
For sale: 10 Lipstick Palm seeds, super fresh.
Common names: Lipstick Palm, Red Sealing Wax Palm