Highlights for your garden: How to grow and care for Medinilla magnifica

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Sometimes called ‘Rose Grape’, ‘Philipinne Orchid’, ‘Pink Lantern plant’ or ‘Chandelier Tree’, Medinilla magnifica is a small evergreen shrub native to the Philippines, where it typically grows on trees in tropical forests. However, Medinilla has been cultivated for hundreds of years as an exotic houseplant, once prized by the wealthy and noble in Belgium. Learn how you too can grow this exotic species. About Medinilla Medinilla is a tropical shrub that can grow up to 1m tall. It grows like epiphytic orchids in the holes and forks of trees. However, unlike orchids, Medinilla does not absorb humidity and nutrients via velamen (the corky epidermis of aerial roots). Instead, the plant has large succulent green leaves that hold or store moisture much like other succulents.

How to Grow Medinilla Plants Medinilla needs a warm and humid environment to survive. It does not tolerate temperatures below 50 degrees F. (10 C.). In fact, 63-77 degrees F (17-25 C) is ideal for proper care of Medinilla plants. It prefers warm days in high but filtered light and cooler nights in the 60s (16 to 21 C.). Cooler nights help the plant send out more flowers. Before purchasing Medinilla, make sure you can provide it with the warm, humid conditions it needs year-round. As a succulent, Medinilla does not need to be watered often, usually only thoroughly once a week. It enjoys being misted by water often, especially during the dry winter months. If you have Medinilla as a houseplant, you may need to run a humidifier indoors during the winter. Also, be sure to keep Medinilla plants away from air ducts and drafty windows. Medinilla Plant Care Guide Caring for Medinilla plants is not difficult once you know what they need. Grow the plant in filtered shade to full sun, although it prefers to avoid direct afternoon sun. During the flowering period, Deadhead spent buds to encourage new buds and keep the plant looking healthy.

Medinille (Medinilla)

HUIZEN- BUSSUM – Sfeerbeelden van Medinilla © Nils van Houts Fotografie

Tropical flowering plant.Picture was taken in the famous Royal Glasshouses,Laeken (Brussels),Belgium.

This beautiful Indoor Plant is a real tropical Greenhouse Plant from the Philippines. She needs a very damp Atmosphere. The Plant is possibly toxic.Related image:

This beautiful Indoor Plant is a real tropical Greenhouse Plant from the Philippines. She needs a very damp Atmosphere. The Plant is possibly toxic.Related image:

Showy Asian Grapes (Medinilla speciosa)

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Medinilla Magnifica

Beautiful low key photo of Medinilla magnifica.

Beautiful bright photo of Medinilla magnifica.

close up of medinilla magnifica

Medinilla magnifica in the garden.

Medinilla magnifica

Flowers and plants

Medinilla magnifica is a tropical shrub that bears drooping clusters of rosy pink flowers, giving it a common name of Rose Grape. It is one of the most elegant flowering plant that we can grow indoors. Thick, glossy leaves cover the upright stems. In spring, we can expect long, pendulous flower stalks to grow from the tips of branches. In the Philippines, the plant grows in the forks of large trees. It is an epiphyte, which is a plant that grows on other trees, but does not withdraw its food from those trees as parasites do.

Healthy Hawaiian rose grape flower hanging in a botanical garden.

Medinilla magnifica, the showy medinilla or rose grape is a species of flowering plant in the family Melastomataceae, native to the Philippines.

Medinilla magnifica, the showy medinilla or rose grape is a species of flowering plant in the family Melastomataceae, native to the Philippines.

Closeup of a flower medinilla magnifica

Medinilla ornamental plant or Medinilla magnifica is a flowering plant with bright white, red and pink colors

Medinilla magnifica (showy medinilla, rose grape, Philippine orchid) plant

Medinilla magnifica (showy medinilla, rose grape, Philippine orchid) plant

Medinilla magnifica in garden

Medinilla magnifica is an epiphytic plant native to the Philippines. In the wilderness, it grows from the branches of trees and blooms large flowers. Since it is not a parasitic plant, it is only epiphytic, so it can be cultivated with ordinary potting soil.

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