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Medinilla care: how to grow the magnificent exotic plant and promote flowering

Medinilla magnifica is a small evergreen shrub native to the Philippines, where it usually grows on trees in tropical forests. However, it has been grown for centuries as an exotic houseplant that was once prized by the rich and noble in Belgium. Learn everything you need to know about Medinilla care here to enjoy this extraordinary plant.

How to grow Medinilla magnifica

Medinilla care - how to grow the exotic plant properly

The magnificent Medinilla is one of the most graceful and stylish flowering plants you can grow indoors. Its dramatic, pink, drooping flowers add color to the windowsill in spring and summer, and its glossy green foliage stands out in the winter months. Read on to learn how to get your Medinilla to bloom, what care mistakes to avoid, and how to treat disease.

How do you properly care for your exotic plant?

The best care for the Medinilla - tips and advice.

Medinilla care is not difficult if you know what it needs.

  • Light: All medinillas do best in partial shade because direct sun will sink the leaves or cause leaf drop. Since it grows in the lower branches of large trees in the jungle, it receives subdued sunlight. You should try to create similar conditions.
  • Temperature: The temperature should be between 18 °C and 25 °C all year round. In winter (November to January) or after flowering, it should be lowered slightly, but not below 15 °C.
  • Humidity: Medinilla needs a humid environment to thrive. To increase humidity for medinilla, place the pot on a tray of damp pebbles or use a humidifier with cool mist .
  • Watering: always keep the root ball of your medinilla moist during the growing season. Provide good drainage and remove excess water from the saucer about 15 minutes after watering. In the summer, you can also submerge the root ball completely in water from time to time and then drain it well. Always use room-warm and lime-free water, even when spraying the leaves.
  • Soil: These exotic plants do well in potting soil with some peat moss. They appreciate the slightly acidic soil conditions created by the peat moss. You can also use a dilute acidifying fertilizer to adjust the pH of the soil.
  • Fertilizing: Since this exotic plant blooms for several months, it needs plenty of nutrients. Give a commercial liquid fertilizer every two weeks as soon as the flower buds open.

Medinilla care: repotting the plant.

The medinilla should not be repotted too often

Every two to three years in the spring, repot the plants into a larger container, taking care not to damage the roots. Be sure the pot has drainage holes to allow excess water to drain away. Medinillas should remain in the same pot for several years because of the increased risk of root rot and repotting problems. Give the plant 24 hours of water before root treatment to avoid the risk of transplant shock. For plants that are in a darker location, add an additional amount of perlite and grit to the deeper part of the pot to reduce the risk of overwatering.

Plant diseases and pests

What pests can attack the Medinilla

The problems with medinilla are caused, among other things, by errors in watering, lighting and humidity. Here are the remedies and solutions for them.

  • Dropping leaves: Loss of leaves can be caused by drafts, too little light and low humidity. Moving your plant to a new location can also cause leaf loss.
  • Browning leaves: brown foliage is often the result of waterlogging or dry air. Check the soil and repot the plant in fresh soil if necessary.
  • Spider mites: they are attracted to dry conditions, so keep them at bay by spraying the plant regularly.
  • Mealybugs: they can infest your plant if not controlled early. They weaken plants by sucking the juices from the foliage, and can eventually lead to wilted, curly and necrotic plant tissue. Control infestations by dipping cotton balls and swabs in alcohol and removing any mealybugs you find on the surface.

Medinilla Care: No Flowering

Why Medinilla magnifica does not bloom

There are three possible reasons why your medinilla is not blooming:

  • Move it to a brighter spot where it receives bright, filtered light but is not directly in the sun. Or install a grow light if you don’t have enough light at home.
  • The second possible reason for the lack of flowers is fertilizing with a nitrogen-rich fertilizer, which leads to vegetative growth at the expense of flowers. Fertilize the plant every 2-3 weeks during the growing season with a phosphorus-rich, water-soluble fertilizer, but hold off on fertilizing during the cold seasons, as growth is minimal at that time.
  • The third possible reason for flower failure is underwatering. Water the plant moderately during the growing season and allow the top layer of soil to dry out 1-2 inches between waterings.