If you are looking for bright colours in the stems of a plant then maybe try Cyrtostachys renda or ‘Lipstick Palm’. syn Cyrtostachys lakka also known as the Sealing Wax Palm.
Same plant, two names, the Lipstick Palm (Cyrtostachys renda) formerly known as Cyrtostachys lakka. Also referred to as the ‘Sealing Wax Palm’. All species are frost and cold sensitive, generally a slow growing slender palm Cyrtostachys renda (lipstick palm) is a a most attractive and desirable palm for tropical and sub tropical climates. All species can be grown from seed.
This highly ornamental palm makes an excellent addition to plantings around tropical resorts.
This species is from the southern areas of Thailand and is an understory plant. Cyrtostachys renda are probably the best known, Lipstick Palm or Sealing Wax Palm are the common names. Fantastic red stems on new growth with great foliage above.
Growth rate is regarded as slow to moderate, and over time the Lipstick Palm will form a clump.
Cyrtostachys prefer a damp environment, low a humid climate and work well in the landscape planted as a group or even in a large pot. Remember to keep the water up to these as they come from South East Asia and Borneo and grow in damp areas.
The leaf sheaths emerge green and then develop a brilliant red colour, similar to ‘Sealing Wax’ or ‘Lipstick’, hence the common names.
- Height – Will reach 6 metres (18ft) in height.
- Spread – Clump forming
- Soil – Humus rich, moist and well drained.
- Position – Part shade to full sun.
- Growth Rate – Moderate to slow.
It is much easier and quicker to buy established seedlings or potted specimens, however you can grow Lipstick palms from seed, or divisions.
Propagation is possible from seeds if you can find fresh seeds.
- The seeds need to be cleaned before germinating, soak them in water until the outer husk softens and can be removed.
- You will need a heated propagation tray to maintain a constant temperature between 20 C and 25C.
- Soak cleaned seeds in warm water for 48 hours before planting.
- Seeds can be planted in a seed raising mix or a coir peat mix.
- The seeds should be planted with the top exposed.
- The seeds need good light, moisture and warmth to germinate.
- Mist spray daily, although in a heated propagation tray this may not be needed as often.
- Do not allow the seeds or propagation mix to dry out at any time.
- Be patient as fresh seeds can take up to 10 – 16 weeks to germinate. Older seeds up to 10 months.
A simpler method with fresh seeds is to clean them, soak them in water over night and then place them in a ziplock bag with adequate sphagnum moss. This is the favoured method of germination.
Again keep warm, moist and with some good light.
Once seeds have sprouted they can be potted up into individual containers and kept moist, but not wet.
Propagation by division.
Propagation by removing suckers or offsets from established clumps. Look for the smaller offsets as these are more likely to be successful. You will need total some root system with any division.