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 originates 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 Islands in the Pacific Ocean. There are 80 species of Medinilla in the Philippines, which are becoming increasingly rare because fewer and fewer forests remain. The genus Medinilla owes its name to J. de Medinilla, governor of the Mariana Islands in 1820.
Medinilla maintenance plant
The Medinilla needs little water, once or twice a week depending on where it is located. Pay close attention to the soil, let it dry out before watering again.
The Medinilla likes a spray from time to time, 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.
Plenty of light in winter, preferably direct sunlight but not full sun in summer . This is to prevent burning of the leaves.
Temperature 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 flowering plant food from Pokon for this
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 little 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 new flowers.
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 grows too large and you do not want to repot it, you can also choose to remove the shoots that have grown last. 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 leaves 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 ° for 6 to 8 weeks, the plant will be 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 bloom for 2 to 4 months.
During the flowering period, growth sugars are produced. This is expressed by a white rash on the leaf. These growth sugars are not harmful to the plant.
Mealy bugs are uncommon and can be controlled by spraying the mealy bugs off with a fairly strong jet of water. Scale insects are best treated with a pesticide. This also applies to mealy bugs if the water jet has no effect. Multiple treatments are then necessary.
The Medinilla is not poisonous.