FAQ's

Q: Where can I buy Medinilla magnifica?

A: The Medinilla magnifica is an unique plant and we are continuing to add locations as we expand.  Please check our where to buy section on our website often for new locations.

Q: Can I put my Medinilla magnifica outside?

A: Yes, the Medinilla is an indoor and outdoor plant.  It is best to grow a Medinilla outdoors when temperatures are above 12°C (54°F) and to avoid direct sunlight between 10am and 7pm. In fact, the flowers last even longer outdoors than indoors when the nights are cool.

Q: Is the Medinilla Magnifica Poisonous?

A: There have been no proven circumstances of the Medinilla proving to be poisonous. 

Q: Can I prune my Medinilla magnifica?

A: The Medinilla can be pruned. When pruning make sure that at least one pair of leaves remains on each stem because a stem without leaves will die. Never remove more than 50% of the leaves.     

Q: Can I repot my Medinilla magnifica and can I do that at any time of the year or do I have to wait until the spring?

A: Medinilla’s can be repotted at any time of the year. It is however advisable to do this in the spring as then the plant has the most vitality due to the increasing light intensity. For the best results, the Medinilla’s should preferably be potted in peat moss.

Q: How do I get my Medinilla magnifica to flower again?

A: After a Medinilla has finished flowering and the old flowers have fallen off or have been removed, the plant will grow new shoots. In this period, the plant can be given some plant feed once every two weeks. When the new shoots are approx. 10 inches long, you have to place the plant in a cooler environment at 17-18°C (63 – 64°F) still with high light in winter, diffused light in summer. When after approx. 10 weeks, the flower buds are about 1 inch; you can place it in a warmer room.

Q: How long does the Medinilla flower for?

A: The Medinilla flowers for a very long time. A flowering period of 3 months is normal, but some plants flower for up to 6 months. If you follow the advice given below (Plant Care Solutions) then you can enjoy your Medinilla for several years.

Q: What are the small white grains on the young leaf?

A: These are growth sugars. These indicate that the plant is growing well.

Q: How can I stop my Flower/Floret from dropping prematurely?

A: There are a couple causes for this.  It is very likely your Medinilla is too dry.  Please see Plant Care Solutions 2 and 3 below for best results.  The other cause for this may be that your plant is not receiving enough light.  Plant Care Solution number 1 will explain how to achieve the best amount of light for the Medinilla.

Plant Care Solutions (Below) – 2, 3 and 1

Q: How come my buds are not fully developing?

A: Your Medinilla may not be receiving the proper amount of light. Plant Care Solution number 1 will explain how to achieve the best amount of light for a Medinilla.  It is also possible that your Medinilla is not being watered properly. Please see Plant Care Solutions numbers 2 and 3 for best results.

Plant Care Solutions (Below) – 1, 2 and 3

Q: Why is the stem of the Medinilla starting to blacken?

A: Stems can turn black because the Medinilla has been over watered, which causes the plant to sit in water. First it is recommended that you cut off the black stems.  Once the stems turn black, they will not grow back.  The plant may also be in an environment that is too cold.  If the room temperature is below 14°C (57°F), you may see blackened stems. The ideal temperature for the Medinilla is 17 to 25°C (63 to 77°F). Please read Plant Care Solutions numbers 2 and 3 for best results.

Plant Care Solutions (Below) – 3 and 4

Q: Why are the leaves on my Medinilla turning yellow?

A: The leaves on a Medinilla can turn yellow if the plant is not receiving enough light. Plant Care Solution number 1 will explain how to achieve the best amount of light for a Medinilla.

Plant Care Solutions (Below) – 1

Q: Why are the stems on my Medinilla limp and soft to touch?

A: Your Medinilla is too dry.  Unfortunately, your flowers will not survive this.  The plant may survive this. In order to grow new and healthy flowers you’ll need to remove the weak flower steams at the leaf.

Q: Why are the tips on the leaves on my Medinilla turning black?

The tips on your leaves are turning black because your Medinilla has been over watered, which causes the plant to sit in water. Please see plant care solutions 3 and 4. Also, cut the black off of leaves.

Plant Care Solutions (Below) – 3 and 4

Q: What type of fertilizer should I use on my Medinilla?

You may use a standard houseplant fertilizer or an Orchid fertilizer on your Medinilla Magnifica.  Remember not to fertilize while your Medinilla is flowering.
 

Plant Care Solutions

 

1. Needs Light 

Indirect light in a south-facing window is best for the Medinilla. The ideal placement for the plant is in the center of the window, away from the corner to maximize exposure. Plants need carbohydrates, which they can only get from plenty of light. However, from March 1st to November 1st, protect the plant from direct sunlight, as it is too strong*. From November 1st to March 1st, the sunlight is less strong and the Medinilla can tolerate direct sunlight*.

*These recommendations are for Southern Ontario.

2. Humidity

During the winter months, the air in the home becomes dry.  Mist your plant often to add moisture around the blooms.  It is also recommended that you mist your plant often in the summer months if you are keeping windows closed due to an air conditioner.  

3. Allow plant to dry between watering

The Medinilla prefers being a bit dry to being too wet. It is very important to water a Medinilla thoroughly until all the soil is moistened. Usually watering this way once a week is best.  Signs to look for when your plant is in need of watering are the surface of the soil has lightened in colour and when the plant is becoming lighter when lifted.

4. Do not over water the plant

It is not recommended to over water a Medinilla. Do not allow the plant to sit in water. Allow the plant to dry out and the plant to be light when lifted before watering the soil thoroughly.

Medinilla magnifica is an easy care plant but failure to follow the above plant solutions may cause problems for the healthy growth of Medinilla Magnifica.