Medinilla dolce vita
The Medinilla needs little water, it is early enough to give the plant a glass of water when the leaves are slightly limp.
The Medinilla likes a spray every now and then, after all, the Medinilla originally comes from the tropics. A spraying is not necessarily necessary, but it does increase the humidity, which ultimately benefits the plant.
Lots of light in winter, preferably direct sunlight, but no full sun in summer . This is to prevent burning of the leaves.
Between 17 and 25 °
Do not feed during flowering, the plant is supplied with sufficient food on delivery. Feed once every two weeks after flowering. Use Pokon . flowering plant food for this
After flowering, it is advisable to remove the old flowers to accelerate further growth. The plant will then start making 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 bud formation in the young leaves. Mind you, the plant continues to need light. If the buds are clearly visible, the plant can return to its normal temperature, allowing the buds to develop further into a new flower splendor.
In principle, repotting can be done all year round, only during flowering it is not advisable because of the fragility of the flowers.
If the Medinilla becomes too large and you do not want to repot it, you can also choose to remove the last grown shoots. Then cut the stem at the bottom with pruning shears or a sharp knife.
You can try to propagate 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 leaving it at a temperature of 20 to 25 °C for 6 to 8 weeks, the plant will have rooted and you can place it in a pot.
The Medinilla is known for its beautiful and large flower clusters. The Medinillas are now available almost all year round. With proper care, these can flower for 2 to 4 months.
During the flowering period, growth sugars are produced. This is manifested by a white rash on the leaf. These growth sugars are not harmful to the plant.
Mealybugs are uncommon and can be controlled by spraying the mealybugs off with a fairly strong jet of water. Scale is best treated with a pesticide. This also applies to mealybugs if the water jet has no effect. Multiple treatments are then necessary.
The Medinilla is not poisonous.
With a medinilla magnifica at home you have a special plant.