Medinilla dolce vita
The Medinilla needs little water, it is early enough to give the plant a glass of water when the leaves hang slightly loose.
The Medinilla finds a spraying experience quite nice at the time, the Medinilla is originally from the tropics. Spray spraying is not necessarily necessary but it does increase the humidity which in the end will benefit the plant.
In winter a lot of light, preferably direct sunlight but in summer no full sun . This is to prevent the leaves from burning.
Between 17 and 25 °
Do not give food during flowering, the plant is provided with sufficient food on delivery. Give food once every two weeks after the flowering period. Use flowering plant food from Pokon
After flowering, it is advisable to take out the old flowers to speed up the growth. The plant will then, where first the flowers have been, make new leaves. Once these have grown, it is important to set the plant a little cooler (16 to 17 ° C) to start budding in the young leaves. Mind you, the plant will still need light. If the buds are clearly visible, the plant can return to the normal temperature so that the buds can develop further into a new floral splendor.
In principle, potting can be done all year round, only during flowering it is not advisable because of the fragility of the flowers.
If the Medinilla grows too large and you do not want to pot it, you can also choose to remove the last grown shoots. Then cut the stalk at the bottom with a pruning shears or a sharp knife.
You can try to increase a Medinilla yourself. You can do this by cutting off a young stem at the base. Cut the leaf to about 5 cm from the stem. By placing this stem in cutting soil and then allowing it to stand at a temperature of 20 to 25 ° 6 to 8 weeks, the plant will be rooted and can be placed in a pot.
The Medinilla is known for its beautiful and large flower clusters. The Medinilla's are now available almost all year round. With good care, these can bloom for 2 to 4 months.
Growth sugars are created during the flowering period. This is expressed by a white rash on the blade. These growth sugars are not harmful to the plant.
The mealy bug sometimes occurs and can be combated by spraying the mealy bug with a fairly strong jet of water. Scale can best be treated with a pesticide. This also applies to mealybugs if the water jet has no effect. Multiple treatments are then required.
The Medinilla is non-toxic.
With a medinilla magnifica in your home you have a special plant.