Houseplants forum: Medinilla Magnifica

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Name: Debbie
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DebbieC
Jan 4, 2016 9:42 AM CST
My local newspaper garden columnist featured this plant recently in an article on house plants. Wow, it's gorgeous! I would love to have one but wonder about its humidity requirements especially in the winter months. Are they a particularly difficult plant to grow? From doing a search on ATP I see there are some members that have this plant and wonder how they have done for you?
Thanks for any advice!
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 4, 2016 6:18 PM CST
Pink Lantern (Medinilla magnifica) is a beautiful tropical plant for hardiness zones 10 and 11. It requires bright light (but no direct sun), warmth and high humidity so if you can replicate those conditions in your home, it should be happy. To raise humidity around the plant, sit the container on a tray of moist pebbles, keeping the pebbles moist at all times. Misting the foilage on a regular basis would also help.
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cb
Jan 5, 2016 8:39 AM CST
These plants would do very well inside the house with normal conditions. I've collected few of them; Lalique, Magnifica, Miniata. I have to give them away when we start moving couple times into apartment due to hubby's job.
Name: Debbie
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DebbieC
Jan 5, 2016 8:52 AM CST
Thank you Lin and cb. A shopping trip is in order!
Name: tarev
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tarev
Jan 6, 2016 1:25 PM CST
Hello DebbieC, I have seen that plant before at the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco. it does require high humidity conditions, they have it growing in their warmest and most humid part of their conservatory. In Florida, it is easier to achieve, but in Manitoba, and knowing what the weather is like there, see if you can provide the humidity it needs as Lin suggested.

I have also seen it in Manila..and humidity there is thru the roof..so think very well, if you can sustain provision of humidity all day long for it, it seems to be happy at about 70% to 90% humidity levels, think sticky heat levels, they way we feel like in Manitoba when we get the sporadic 30C to 33C temps in summer.
Name: Debbie
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DebbieC
Jan 6, 2016 1:55 PM CST
Hmm, that sort of humidity would be pretty difficult to achieve in our dry indoor winters Tarev as you know. Thanks for the input, may have to reconsider! Could be a pricey experiment to fail at. Cheers, Debbie.
Name: tarev
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tarev
Jan 6, 2016 2:05 PM CST
Yes, that is why I have to caution you Debbie. And something I learned along the way, not to buy tropicals in the middle of winter..wait patiently for Spring...in Manitoba, hmmm..maybe very late in Spring to early Summer already.

I will always remember how sunny it is in Manitoba even in winter, but the cold temps is something else even with our heaters on.
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jmorth
Jan 6, 2016 2:17 PM CST
Those I've seen (in conservatoires in Iowa and Missouri) were pretty large plants.
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Name: Debbie
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DebbieC
Jan 6, 2016 3:34 PM CST
Maybe I should just go and check out our city Conservatory and pretend it's my garden! Probably a lot less expensive, lol.
Yes Tarev, when we pickup our Pointsettias for Christmas we have jog out to our warmed running vehicle and drive straight home! As we hardy Winnipeggers like to say "But, it's a dry cold"(inside joke).
Name: tarev
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tarev
Jan 6, 2016 5:36 PM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Indeed Debbie!
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purpleinopp
Mar 2, 2016 11:15 AM CST
Did anyone find/get any of these plants?
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