Lipstick Palm Growing Conditions: Learn About Lipstick Palm Plant Care

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By: Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Also known as red palm or red sealing wax palm, lipstick palm (Cyrtostachys renda) is 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. If you live in USDA plant hardiness zone 10b or above, where temperatures never drop below 40 F. (4.5 C.), you can grow this stunning palm in your own garden. Read on for more lipstick palm information.

Lipstick Palm Information

Lipstick palm is a tropical plant native to Malaysia, Borneo, Southern Thailand and Sumatra, where it grows in swampy areas, along riverbanks and in coastal tidal areas. It is threatened in some areas due to reduction of lowland forests.

Red sealing wax palm reaches heights of up to 50 feet (15 m.) in its natural environment, but usually tops out at about 25 to 30 feet (8-9 m.) in the home garden.

How to Grow Lipstick Palms

Lipstick palm growing conditions includes partial shade while the plant is young. Otherwise, mature trees thrive in full sunlight. This warm climate tree prefers year round temperatures between 75 and 85 F. (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, first remove dry seedheads from a plant, then remove the seeds and plant them in a planting medium with excellent moisture retention. Germination generally takes at least two to four months, and seeds may not sprout for up to nine months.

Lipstick Palm Plant Care

As mentioned above, 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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Lipstick Palm, Cyrtostachys renda query

My small Lipstick Palm has been sitting in a pot for ages patiently awaiting completion of my current landscaping project so it can be planted out. It's a three faceted project. One aim is simply providing a water feature in an otherwise bland area adjacent to the main gardens. Secondly, the water feature also doubles as a sump and filter for water running into my dam (ornamental). Thirdly, as a result of having the water feature I thought it'd be a nice place for a Lipstick Palm, so I bought one to go in on completion.

So the big question relates to water levels suitable for the Lipstick Palm. I know they come from lowland coastal swamps. Can't do much about the coastal (I'm about 50 kilometres away) but the lowland I've got and the 'swamp' I'm developing. But how deep should the water be for them? It will fluctuate between the wet and dry seasons. Don't want to go too deep, but there still has to be plenty of water for fish that will eat mosquito larvae.

though I am sure they grow in swamps, most growers grow them just like any other palm. in the ground. They need a lot of water, but they don't need to be swamped

It's the same here, all the ones you see growing around the place are in dryland situations. But I've seen photos of them growing in ponds.

The wet area I'm developing is part of the dam system and will be there regardless during the wet season, although it normally slowly dries out during the dry season. Making that permanently wet, and with suitable plants, will add to the landscape.

I grow it in a well drained area, it does well with little help.

Some friends have it growing on a mound and it's doing really well. The council in Darwin had it growing in very large pots on pavements. It grew remarkably well for being surrounded by concrete and mortar out in the hot sun all year, but it was well irrigated. I'll be happy to see it growing in my wet area along with some Cyrtosperma sps. Just not sure what depth of water I should aim for.

to be safe, the shallower the better

Yes, that was my thinking Geoff. Closer to the edge, and some deeper water in the middle for the mosquito larvae eating fish. When it floods the water'll get up about an extra half metre, but only for short periods - less than half a day.

Thanks both of you for the comments.

The rains beat me with this project so I can't line the pond area until the end of the wet season when the water goes right down. The Lipstick Palm will be okay in its pot until then, it doesn't grow very fast. But the Cyrtosperma merkusii that was going to join it in there is rapidly outgrowing its pot. Might have to temporarily put it into a much bigger pot.

Enjoyed this thread. Yet another palm I saw selling
locally I will never attempt to grow after researching.
Wish I could. Hope you post pics of the water garden
when finished.

Was tempted to post a jpg of mosquito fish
(I am of the opinion that mosquito fish outweigh all
other concerns) frozen in my deep creek
but thought better. How do you stop them from
"migrating" when it rains a lot (out the overflow)?

I only use native fish. We have a species of "Blue-eyes" here that eat mosquito larvae but don't touch tadpoles. Most of our freshwater fish move upstream when the rains come, that's how they get into my dam. Since this pond is part of a filter system for the dam, other fish won't be able to get through. The filter will keep the tadpole eating fish out. If the pond overflows out the side (not through the filter) and some of the Blue-eyes get washed down into the creek system it doesn't matter because they're natives.

Are your mosquito fish Gambusia sp? They were introduced down south and have been an environmental disaster. Virtually impossible to get rid of now.

Yes, most mosquito fish around here are. But my neighbor has dammed up the creek and made
a small fishing lake. He stocks it with game fish that eat the mosquito fish before they clean out
all the other larvae and amphibians. We also have a massive turtle population controlling them
both. His run-off populates my creek. more aptly termed a "draw" now, since it will go dry during

On top of that they spray way out here in the country. when you see the flashing lights you learn
to dive for cover. they say it only kills mosquitoes but I find birds and lizards everywhere afterwards
on certain mornings.

I can imagine those fish cut your frogs way down like they did in California.

I haven't seen any studies done on the effects of Gambusia on the local fauna. We're lucky not having them here although not sure whether the environment/climate would suit them anyway.

A place I lived before did fogging for mosquitos, never did like the smell of what they used. Later they just went around the nearby swamps. Now they don't do it at all and there aren't any more mosquitos than before. They'd probably been killing more mosquito predators than mosquitos.

My creek, swamp and dam dry up every dry season. Some springs upstream on my creek (about 6 - 8 kms up) act as refuges for fish. The main river they drain into stops flowing and becomes a series of waterholes which are also refuges for fish, along with some rather large sets of sharp teeth O)

I take it you are referring to Crocs? Do you get many Crocs around your area?

The big ones come up my creek, the smaller ones get up into my swamp. But that's really only during the wet season. They will get around a lot more then, usually chasing around for feral pigs. Last year an 11 year old girl was killed by a croc just near here. I know that kids are hard to get through to at times but the parents/elders should have been more involved in their activities that time of year. I don't go swimming in my dam before I've checked it out, and it's only connected to the creek via the swamp.

There is a reservoir a few miles form me full of gators.
Yet there is a roped off (not netted off) public swimming
area. I have been in it. you post a good spotter on
shore to watch. like also for snakes that decide to leave
their branches, etc. It is one of the few places due to
the warm water that I saw a mature king palm.

I'm told gators have never been a problem unless some
fisherman is cleaning fish on his boat too close.

When they get too thick and start coming up the creeks
we have "roundups" on horseback and try to stay out
of quicksand. They like hogs, too!

Never met a croc. they must be interesting yard guests.

Crocs, specifically Estuarine Crocs - Crocodylus porosus, are a very different proposition to alligators. They're not to be tangled with in any way.

It's often foreign tourists that fall victim to saltwater crocs. Sometimes I don't think they even realise that they are about and if they don't ask the locals then they can't be warned. There haven't been any deaths so far this summer?

Nothing this year, but we had a spate of deaths last year, I think all locals. There's been an advertising campaign this year but people are usually careful for a few years and then become lax. Croc numbers are getting very high, They're territorial, displaced animals have to find new territory. That's why they're pushing into new places. Human population is also growing. Encounters are going to keep increasing. They remove a couple of hundred from Darwin harbour each year. Latest discussion is a 50 km exclusion zone for crocs. The detractors have been asking if they're going to put up "No Entry for Crocodiles" signs at the 50 km mark.

Would be interesting to know how they are going to be kept out. Nets or something?

I just read about your Crocodylus porosus . glad we
don't have 'em. Have to put bigger springs on our trailers.
I read where one of those dudes killed a good sized shark.

Similarly, we manage to catch alligators in the Gulf of Mexico
and find gators on islands pretty far out. the mystery to me
is how the rattlesnakes get out there. Never thought I'd think
of gators as "nice little fellas".

The crocs range from India to Australia and were hunted for their skins. It's the best quality because it doesn't get the patchy hardness that occurs in all the other species. By the early 1970's they were becoming rare. The government had, a couple of years earlier, banned the hunting and killing of Freshwater Crocs, Crocodylus johnstonii. They then banned the hunting and killing of the much bigger Salties (C. porosus). The Salties of those days were scared of people and as they grew larger still kept away. And there was lots of habitat depleted by hunting for them to re-occupy. The new younger crocs, never having known hunting, were wary of people but not really afraid. The population of them and people grew.

So now there's a 'war' between the conservationists, who say the crocs were here first, and the 'others' who think there should be culling. There are already "crocodile management areas", there's 2 where I work. We put out traps and do night surveys. 6 consecutive clear surveys (each a number of days apart) and then the public is allowed in. One sighting and the surveys have to start again. Salties found in croc management areas are destroyed. We ignore the Freshies. I assume this is what would happen in a declared "exclusion zone" as well. Although closer to Darwin they could send them to croc farms.

The photo is of Moline, a bit under 5 metres long. He was trapped where I work to attach a satellite tracker (see it at the back of his head). After about a year of hanging around he suddenly took off downstream and out to sea. Moved up the coast to another river system and is now about 150 kms up there. To get there he must have passed a lot of "gatekeepers". That's what we call the dominant croc that controls a section of river, that's their territory. Just recently we trapped another one in the same system Moline moved into and attached a satellite tracker to it. So far it's stayed in its territory, a section of the river and part of a large tributary.

Lipstick Palm Tree Info

Scientific name : Cyrtostachys renda (syn: Cyrtostachys lakka). The name, Cyrtostachys comes from the greek ‘kyrtos’, meaning curved and ‘stachys’, meaning ear of grain to describe the curved inflorescence.

Common names : The Lipstick Palm is also known as Sealing Wax Palm, Rajah Palm, and Red Sealing Wax Palm.

Origin : It is native to Malaysia and the island of Sumatra.

Appearance : The Lipstick Palm trunks have similar characteristics with the Bamboo Palm . The Lipstick Palm is well known because of its brilliant red, sometimes orange, colored crownshaft. It is slender, smooth and slightly swollen at the base. It has pinnate, or feather like, dark green leaves that grow upward more than outward and can get up to 2ft long. Stiff leaves have around 50 slender leaflets that are 18 in. long.

Flowers/Fruits : The Lipstick Palm produces greenish flowers which grow on the long stalks from below the crownshaft. It has male and female flowers on the same inflorescence. Flowers are followed by small shiny fruits that turn black when they ripe. Fruit is about 1 in. long and oval in shape with a single seed inside. The lipstick palm fruit is not edible.

Growth Rate : Slow to Moderate. Cyrtostachys renda has multiple slender trunks which grow in clusters up to 10 – 20 ft tall and 1-5 ft wide. In the wild Lipstick palm can get up to 50ft tall.

Cold Tolerance : It is not hardy, surviving only brief temperature drops down to 35F. Ideal year-round temperatures range from 75-85F. It is great for growing in USDA Zones 10b (35 to 40 F) to 11 (above 40 F).

Light Req : Partial shade to Full sun.

Water Req : Provide with a lot of water. As they naturally grow in swamps, they are highly tolerant of flooding and can be grown in standing water. Lipstick Palm prefer rich, moist, loamy soils but will adapt to any well-drained soil. It does not tolerate drought that well.

Maintenance : Moderate. To prevent nutritional deficiency, apply good quality palm fertilizer that has continuous release formula twice a year during growing season.

Insects and Diseases : It has no major pests or disease problems.

Propagation : The propagation of Lipstick Palm is through seeds. Seeds are very slow to germinate. Fresh seeds germinate much more quickly, but will take 2-4 months to germinate. Young plants stay small (a few inches tall) for perhaps 3 years, then begin to grow slowly.

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Greetings from Jungle Music Palms and Cycads in Encinitas, CA.

Below is a short article on one of the most common difficulties people have in creating a beautiful garden in their locality. It presents the most common pitfalls and mistakes that people make. Hopefully this article will help guide you to creating your beautiful tropical garden.


Having a nursery for almost forty years, it has long been apparent to me that many people who want to create a lush and beautiful garden don't really have any idea of which species of plants to select for their garden. Sure, there are some self-educated enthusiasts who have studied up and arrive at our nursery knowing exactly what they want. But, by far, the majority of people need some guidance and have no idea which species will survive for them and give them the tropical look that they seek. They need advice as to which species will survive in their area and which species they really like the most. And, they need to know the cultural requirements of these species. They often have the concept that they'd like their yard to "look like Hawaii", but have no idea where to begin and what species to select.


Unfortunately, not everything will grow everywhere. One has to know what specific plants to select for their area. Mother Nature designed it that way. As an example, I get calls weekly from people who would like to grow the Red Sealing Wax Palm here in Southern California. This is not possible in our locality and would require a garden in the warmest area of the tropics. Southern California just gets too cold for this species. Limitations of what one can grow are typically based on weather characteristics each given area can support certain species and not others. Limiting factors include such things as cold experience during the winter, maximal heat during the summer, air humidity and intensity of sun. Selecting the right species of palms, cycads or tropical plants can be challenging. Hopefully we can help you with some palm ideas.

An overly cold winter can be a devastating thing to the garden of those who didn't research the best species for their locality. And, such losses might incorrectly lead a person to the assumption that "everything dies" in their garden. This is not the case. They have either chosen the wrong species to grow or have not been informed about the cultural requirements of the plants they did purchase. Staff at home improvement stores are famous for not knowing much about the species of plants they sell. Some customers inappropriately assume if the store sells it, it must grow "here". Unfortunately, many times this is not the case. In our area in Southern California, such stores sell Coconut Palms by the thousands and 99% of these are dead by the first winter. The same could be said for a shade loving palm placed incorrectly in full sun with a subsequent rapid decline. The customer either didn't receive or didn't follow proper advice. People also assume that any palm will grow indoors. But, there are certain species commonly sold as "house plants" that are near impossible to grow inside. And yet they are sold as houseplants. All of these failures result from not being told which species to grow in a given area and not getting appropriate cultural advice. To solve the problem of what to grow and how to grow them, one either has to do a lot of research himself or get help from an expert.



Palms, cycads and other tropical plants are the mainstays of creating a lush, tropical garden. But, you must know what species to select! There are literally thousands of different species of these plants and all have their own specific growth requirements. And, each of these different species have different cultural requirements. Of all the factors involved, winter's cold is by far the most important thing to consider. Plants are quite predictable in their cold tolerance. I would refer people to our Cold Hardy Palm article at this site for information on cold tolerance. At a certain temperature the plant fails to thrive ans starts to look bad. At a lower temperature it dies. These occurrences are fairly predictable. Nurserymen in the business of growing many palm and cycad species have come to understand the cold tolerance of all the species they offer.


Next are the other cultural factors such as sun or shade, air humidity, drainage, etc. To accomplish success, a consumer must either learn these things as well through many hours of research or count on a nurserymen to give him good advice. He should be offered and understand a list of species he can grow. He must then decide which of these species he likes. And finally, for the species he selected he must receive accurate cultural advice. It is literally that simple: Know what speciesw one could grow and how to grow each of them. It's the same whether you're starting a brand new garden or just adding a few species here and there in the garden.


It is possible to create a palette of plants that you like and have success with them. All that is needed is guidance.

Many people think the best way to solve this problem is to hire a designer or landscape architect to help with design issues and selection of species. Sometimes such an approach can assist you but often it doesn't really give you the pallet of choices you seek. Alternatively, one an rely upon the advice of an experienced friend and get additional assistance from books and the Internet. Yes, these approaches can help guide you. But, this takes a lot of time and there is a better way.

That is to get advice from people who know and actually grow tens of thousands of palms, cycads or tropical plants. Who else knows what does better in an area than someone who is actually growing them? They have the knowledge and experience to guide their clients. Our staff at Jungle Music combined has literally had well over 100 years of experience in not only growing the plants but also with helping customers achieve their goals. We've been in business since 1977 and have grown almost any species possible in Southern California. Yes, we've tried about everything and know from experiencde what doesn't do well here. And, you can benefit from our vast experience. Daily we share our experience, ideas and advice with customers. And, we have compiled a lot of data to help our customers achieve maximal success.


There are several ways we offer help to customers regarding which species of palms or cycads would do well in their area.

1. If you are a "do it myself person", you can review the wealth of information at this site, either on palms, cycads or tropical plants. At this Site we have about a hundred articles on the plants and their culture. There are also about ten thousand photographs. Or, consider below a more time efficient way to solve your search - read below.

2. We have a free consultative service for serious customers who come to our nursery. Most find this very efficient, time saving and rewarding. After you get here, we sit down and discuss youor growing environment and what you are trying to Accomplish. Typically we look at dozens of photographs from an assortment of reference books and sites, and help you come up with good landscape design ideas that give you the exact look you are trying to create with the perfectly chosen species. If you wish, bring photos of your yard. From our years of experience with the species, we also will explain to you cultural conditions needed, growth rates, and each species ability to survive in your area. Many people are concerned about mature plant heights. We are experts on that as well. We also know growth rates of the species and have individual experience with all of them. This is a popular service we offer because enthusiasts get to pick the exact species they like, know how to grow them and at the same time pick out their favoite plants for their garden right then and there.

3. For those who feel it's necessary, we offer local on site consultations. A staff member actually comes to your home, inspects your site and offers suggestions on species that he thinks would work well for you. He can envision would would do best in your garden and look the best. There is a charge for this service and we usually reserve this for customers close to our locality.

4. For mail order customers, contact us by phone or email. Perhaps we can give you some ideas of species that would do well in your area. We ship plants almost everyday to all parts of the country and probably have an excellent idea of what species have a chance in your area. This applies to houseplants as well.

There are very few specialty palm and cycad nurseries in the country. We feel that our assistance is valuable to everyone. On a re3gular basis we actually advise botanical gardens, landscape architects, designers and major landscape companies. They consider us the authority on tropical plants. So, whether you like cold hardy palms or exotic tropical type cycads, we can offer information for you and your garden.

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Lipstick Palm Information - How To Grow Lipstick Palms In The Garden - garden

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Buy Lipstick Palm Tree - Cyrtostachys renda

Looking for a small exotic palm tree that gets attention, the Lipstick Palm tree (Cyrtostachys renda) does that and more. With its stunning red stalk and lush green leaves the small Lipstick Palm stands out in the crowd. It’s a very temperamental palm, but if your looking a sought-after palm than go no further. The Lipstick Palm originates from southeast Asia and it is also known as the Red Sealing Wax Palm or the Sealing Wax Palm.
Many people agree that the stunning beautiful tropical lipstick palm is among the most rare and exotic palm trees of the Arecaceae family. With only a few species having a red crownshaft, none are yet as vibrant and red as the lipstick palm. Scene vary rarely in North America the lipstick palm can make a great addition to any home located in zone 11 and above. Given the right environment, the lipstick palm can live and grown in any indoor space. Similar in traits as the bamboo palm they have a high tendency to clump next to each other. For this reason, the lipstick palm tree is great for screening areas such as a spa or jaccuzi. The Lipstick palm is a must have for any palm tree collector or palm tree enthusiast. The Lipstick palm is also great for the pool area, patio, or even a Zen garden oasis.

This palm tree will make a great addition to any home, office or landscape. It will give a sense of the tropics with little cost. Its time to go green and buy real palm trees. Palm trees are also great for indoors because they act as a natural humidifier and detoxifier by removing Carbon Monoxide and replacing the air with fresh Oxygen. Real Palm Trees make a home feel like home by giving you the feel of nature inside or out. Buy this palm tree and have a piece of unspoiled nature.

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Помады Palm Информация помады пальма тропического растения родом из Малайзии, Борнео, южной части Таиланда и Суматра, где он растет в болотистой местности, вдоль берегов рек и в прибрежных приливных районах. В некоторых районах она находится под угрозой из-за сокращения низменых лесов. Красная уплотнительная восковая пальма достигает высоты до 50 футов (15 м.) в естественной среде обитания, но обычно достигает высоты от 25 до 30 футов (8-9 м.) в домашнем саду. Как выращивать помады Пальмы помады ладонь условия выращивания включает в себя частичный оттенок в то время как растение молодо. В противном случае, зрелые деревья процветают в полном солнечном свете. Это теплое климатическое дерево предпочитает круглый год температуры между 75 и 85 F. (24-29 C.). Красная уплотнительная восковая пальма не очень хорошо растет в сухой почве и не толерантна к сильным ветрам. Она требует высокой влажности и даже растет в болотистой местности или стоячей воде, что делает эту ладонь полезным прудовым растением.

Хотя помады ладони можно начать с семян, это гораздо проще и быстрее, чтобы удалить и пересадить присоски со стороны установленного дерева. Если вы приключений и хотите попробовать свои силы в выращивании помады ладони из семян, сначала удалить сухие семена с завода, а затем удалить семена и посадить их в среде посадки с отличным удержанием влаги. Прорастание обычно занимает не менее двух-четырех месяцев, и семена не могут прорастать на срок до девяти месяцев. Помады Palm Plant Care Как упоминалось выше, основная проблема, когда дело доходит до помады пальмового растения уход держит почву последовательно влажной. В противном случае, помады ладони требует мало внимания. Хотя помады ладони могут быть выращены в контейнере в помещении, большинство производителей найти его чрезвычайно трудно поддерживать адекватную влажность и тепло для поддержания завода.

Lipstick Plants are considered non-toxic to dogs, cats and horses.

When properly cared for and grown in proper conditions, Lipstick Plant vines can grow 2- to 3-feet long.

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