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Native to the rainforests of the Philippines, Medinilla blooms beautifully from late fall to early spring. in long panicles of small fleshy flowers, united in drooping pink clusters.
Coming from the islands of the Pacific Ocean and Southeast Asia, this beautiful plant bears the name of the Spanish lieutenant colonel Don José de Medinilla y Pineda who was governor of the Mariana Islands at the beginning of the 19th century.e century.
And as if this title were not enough for him, his Latin name is Medinilla magnifica!
Take good care of your Medinilla magnifica
In its natural state, the medinilla grows in tropical rainforest. It will therefore be necessary, in the house, to try to give him similar living conditions, that is to say a temperature from 18 to 25 ° and high humidity, light but no direct sun.
The soil will be acidic, humus-bearing, and water-retaining. To maintain the highest possible humidity, spray the foliage regularly with a little soft water or bathe the leaves.
Which will not prevent you from place the pot on a bed of damp gravel like an orchid. The evaporation that will emerge will create the humidity favorable to the blooming of the beautiful.
Flowering, instructions for use of medinilla
The medinilla blooms from late fall to early spring. To prepare for this flowering, as soon as the buds appear, you will give it a little liquid fertilizer every 15 days.
She is afraid of drafts. Avoid placing it in a high-traffic area, or near a door or window.
During flowering, keep the clod always wet by sprinkling it with rainwater; avoid hard water (it can't stand!).
Once flowering is complete, reduce watering and stop fertilizers. The plant then undergoes a short period of rest where it can withstand temperatures of 13 to 18 ° C.
After this period, you can repot in a mixture of potting soil, leaves and heather earth. In the bottom of the pot, place a layer of small pebbles to ensure good drainage. Prune faded leaves and flowers as soon as they turn brown.
Everything is fine ? Your medinilla will bloom again next fall!
Visual: Dutch Office for Flowers or OHF