Pot size: 17 cm
Pot / Plant height: 50 cm
Light requirement: lots of light, direct sunlight in winter, out of the sun in summer!
There are about 400 species of Medinillas, of which until recently only the magnifica was offered as a houseplant. The family name of the Medinilla is Melastomataceae. The family contains approximately 3000 good species in the Neotropics, 240 species in Africa and 230 in Madagascar and about 1000 in Asia. Medinilla magnifica originated in the Philippines and is an epiphyte: it grows here on trees in the mountains of the tropical country, but does not take food from them like parasites.
The Medinillas are native to the tropical zones of the Old World, from Africa through Madagascar and South Asia to the Western Pacific Islands. There are 80 species of Medinilla in the Philippines, which are becoming increasingly rare as fewer and fewer forests remain. The genus Medinilla owes its name to J. de Medinilla, governor of the Mariana Islands in 1820.
Temperature between 17 and 25 degrees, plenty of light in winter, preferably direct sunlight, but not full sun in summer! The Medinilla needs little water, it is early enough to give the plant a glass of water when the leaves are drooping . Do not feed during flowering, the plant is supplied with well-fed food on delivery. Feed once every two weeks after flowering.
After flowering it is advisable to remove the old flowers to speed up the growth. The plant will then start to make new leaves where the flowers used to be. When these have grown, it is important to put the plant a bit cooler (16 to 17 ° C) to initiate budding in the young leaves. Mind you, the plant continues to need light. If the buds are clearly visible, the plant can return to normal temperature, so that the buds can develop further into a new floral splendor. In principle, repotting can be done all year round, only during flowering it is not advisable because of the fragility of the flowers.