Bright red flowers of the Lisptick tree or Bixa orellana
    • Bright red flowers of the Lisptick tree or Bixa orellana
    • The pretty pink flower of the Bixa orellana or Lipstick tree
    • Pink flower of the Achiote tree
    • Green fruits of the Lisptick tree
    • Mature fruits of the Bixa orellana
    • Bloom of a Bixa orellana or LIpstick tree
    • Spectacular red fruits of the Lisptick tree

    Lisptick tree

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    Bixa orellana


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    The variety of exotic fruit tree presented on this page is part of our collaboration with the Portuguese botanical garden Orchard of Flavours.

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    Caractéristiques de la plante

    • Bixa orellana : Lisptick tree
    • Family: Bixaceae
    • Origin : South America
    • Height in its natural environment : 7 m
    • Hardiness : -1°C
    • Colour of the flower : Pink

    Les plants de Rayon de Serre

    Taille des plantes Rayon de Serre Height : about 10 to 20 cm (depending on seasons)

    croissance de la plante Medium grower

    Descriptif de la plante

    Le mot de Rayon de Serre

    Ah, the Lisptick tree ! Also known as Achiote, this tree is as magnificent and romantic as it is useful!

    First of all, seducers beware: offer its beautiful heart-shaped leaves, or its fruits so red they look like lipstick (hence its nickname, the "Lipstick Tree"), and you're sure to get a kiss from the one you love ! The seeds of the Bixa orellana have also borrowed this seductive device, and their deep red is used as a pigment by certain South American ethnic groups for their body paint. Over here, they're used in the manufacture of some of our cheeses or smoked fish as a food coloring agent: you'll now see our Avesnes, mimolette, cheddar or haddock dumplings in a different light!

    Lipstick tree oil is used in our sun creams and is an excellent natural mosquito repellent.

    So don't hesitate, adopt a Lipstick Tree from the seeds of Orchard of Flavours mother plant!

    Miguel tells us more

    Originating in the tropical regions of South America, the Achiote is a magnificent flowering shrub. Its names are Lisptick tree, Roucou and Achiote. The natives of South America and the Caribbean islands use it as a pigment for their body paints. The crushed seed is used as a food coloring and flavoring agent (paprika flavor). The orange color of cheddar cheese and edam come from the use of Roucou.

    Tips from the Orchard of Flavours botanical garden:
    - Give it the best conditions for rapid growth, so that it is strong enough to withstand winter. The tree loses its leaves if the temperature drops to 3/4°C. Once established, it can withstand short, light frosts (-1°C).
    - After the winter, you can prune it back very vigorously, and its recovery will be even better.
    -Here in the botanical garden, our tree is two years old, about two meters tall and in its second year has flowered twice, in early and late summer. The species is self-fertile and produces countless fruits.

    Conseils de culture

    Conseil de Culture Rayon de Serre

    Rempoter ?
    Arroser ?
    Apport d'éléments nutritifs ?
    Plante d'intérieur ou plante d'extérieur ?
    Que faire en cas de maladie ?

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    Growing tips



    When you receive your plant, repot it in a pot slightly larger than the bucket, which must be well pierced. Avoid pot covers which prevent residual water from draining away and encourage fungal diseases. Choose a fine potting soil, ideally with added perlite or sand to lighten the substrate (do not use garden soil or acidic soil such as heather). Then plan two repottings per year (spring and autumn), gradually increasing the size of the pot and adapting it to the size of the root network (the roots must have room, but not too much as the plant must be able to dry out its substrate between waterings). This avoids having to add fertilizer, which always risks burning the fragile roots of the plants and making the plant wither as soon as the fertilizer is stopped.



    Moderate watering: watering should be copious (the whole root ball should be wet), but wait until the substrate has dried deeply before watering again (you can stick your finger in the soil: as long as you feel moisture, do not water). Your plant will recover better from a lack of water than from an excess of water. Always water at the base of the plant, and do not mist it, because stagnant water in the armpit of the leaves favors cryptogamic diseases. If your atmosphere is too dry, put bowls of water nearby (above radiators for example), so that evaporation humidifies the air.

    For an indoor planting

    For an indoor planting

    Your plant is best taken out in summer, full sun is perfect for it. It should be brought indoors in winter, and ideally placed in a warm and luminous place, like in a veranda or behind a window. It fears excessive humidity when temperatures are low, so avoid cold rooms. Attention: do not take it out and bring it in all the time, it should be taken out in good weather, then brought in when the cold weather arrives, because plants adapt their foliage to their environment, which should not constantly change. It often happens that plants lose their foliage when they are taken out and/or put in, don't worry, your plant will adapt and will emit its new foliage accordingly.

    For an outdoor planting

    For an outdoor planting

    If your climate allows it, you will be able to plant your plant in full ground, a full sun is recommended. We advise you however to cultivate it in pot the first year and to make it spend the first winter in the heat, in order to strengthen it well. Plant it between the end of the risk of frost (generally at the beginning of May) and the end of August, in a soil which must be light and draining; do not hesitate to add sand and fine potting soil if necessary. Be careful with the minimum temperatures indicated: they are given for a mature plant, and you have to take into account the wind which accentuates the cold felt, as well as the water retention capacity of your soil, which can rot the roots if it is not sufficiently draining. So take a little safety margin!



    This plant supports the pruning, but we do not advise it because that would make it lose its native form.



    Our plants are grown naturally, without chemical fertilizers, so we advise you to repot them regularly (twice a year) rather than adding fertilizer.

    In case of pest attack

    In case of pest attack

    If your plants are under attack by aphids or other pests, the best way to control them is by hand. Change their soil, remove as many undesirables as possible by hand and then shower your plants with a strong stream of water to eliminate any eggs that may be present. Spray them (insist on the underside of the leaves) with liquid black soap diluted in water. Repeat the operation several times at a few days interval. Take them outside in good weather, rain, sun and wind will kill most of the aggressors!

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