PLANT CARE - I like it dry between waterings!
Medinilla Magnifica prefers being a bit dry to being too wet. Allow the plant to dry out and to be light when lifted before watering the soil thoroughly. It is recommended to water your Medinilla Magnifica once every 7-10 days. Do not allow any water to remain in the bottom of the pot. The preferred method of watering is from the bottom.
How to water Medinilla Magnifica from the bottom:
1. Fill your plant dish or sink with approximately 2 liters of water (water amount depends on plant maturity)
2. Let your Medinilla soak in it for approximately 10 minutes
3. Allow the plant to drain the excess water for 1 minute
4. Place your Medinilla back to its location.
Medinilla Magnifica also loves being sprayed with mist due to the dryness in the air that furnaces and air conditioners can produce.
Medinilla’s are traditionally not insect attractors. The two you may find are Aphids and Caterpillars. If you see Aphids on your Medinilla Magnifica, it is best to remove by using soap and water to wipe the leaves. If you have a Caterpillar you will need to remove carefully and place the Caterpillar outdoors to a new home away from your plants.
Temperature and Lighting Conditions
The ideal temperature for Medinilla Magnifica is 17°C to 25°C (63°F to 77°F). The Medinilla likes a lot of light. From November 1st to March 1st Medinilla’s can tolerate direct sunlight. From March 1st to November 1st, it is best to protect them from direct sunlight otherwise the leaves will burn.
Medinilla Magnifica can be grown outdoors when temperatures are above 12°C (54°F), but it is best to avoid direct sunlight between the hours of 10:00am – 7:00pm. In fact, the flowers can last even longer outdoors than indoors when the nights are cool. The flower on the Medinilla Magnifica is made up of many small flowers cupped in bracts (large petal-like leaves) and can grow to about 50 cm long. If you look carefully you can see the delicate purple anthers sticking out of the trumpet-shaped flowers. This small detail is the finishing touch of the flower and is its hallmark.
After the flowering period, it is advisable to remove the old flowers to facilitate the plant's further growth. Then the plant will produce new leaves where the flowers were located. Once these have unfurled it is important to place the plant in a cooler position around 17°C (63°F) to facilitate bud formation in the young leaves. If the buds are clearly visible then the plant can be returned to its normal temperature so that the buds can develop further into a new magnificent pink flower.
In principle, Medinilla Magnifica can be repotted throughout the year although this should not be done in the flowering period due to the delicate nature of the flower. If necessary, Medinilla’s can be pruned but always leave one pair of leaves on a branch otherwise that branch will die.
You do not need to fertilize the Medinilla Magnifica while it is flowering. After the flowering period, fertilizer can be given once every two weeks when the Medinilla Magnifica is growing new shoots. You may use a standard houseplant or orchid fertilizer on your Medinilla Magnifica.