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white_flower
Jun 9, 2020 3:33 AM CST
Hi everyone,

Ive got a mendinilla magnifica and it all worked fine during winter and spring. Now when the summer started the leaves started to turn yellow and then orange and then fall. Please see photos attached.

I am not sure how to save it. Initially, I thought it was too much water, then I thought too much light but it seems like nothing works and leaves are falling one after another.

Any ideas what can it be? and how can I save it?

Thank you so much. Looking for an answer as soon as possible to save it on time.

Best,
white_flower
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Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Jun 9, 2020 6:27 AM CST
I can't really see your soil, but, did you know that pretty much all of the Medinillas are actually epiphytes? In the wild they grow in trees. The fastest way to kill one is to place it in a slow draining potting mix, they get overwatered very easily and suffer root loss. I grow the ones I have in sphagnum moss.
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white_flower
Jun 9, 2020 7:29 AM CST
Thank you Gina for your answer. The soil is the same that it came with. I did not change it since I bought it. I am attaching a photo of the plant and the soil. Please see the attached photo.

So do you still think, maybe it was too much watering involved? Also, is there any chance for the plant to survive and to grow new leaves on the existing stems. Or that will mean the death of it?

Thanks again. Looking forward to your reply.

Best,
white_flower

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P.S. I just water it earlier today
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
Tropical plant collector 35 years
Region: Florida Tropicals Aroids
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Gina1960
Jun 9, 2020 9:42 AM CST
The soil looks way too heavy and water retentive. And the plant is a little bit over potted.
This is a small growing Medinilla I have, Medinilla pendula, its a different species than yours but like yours it is also an epiphyte. It is thriving in nothing but sphagnum moss.


I would suggest to you that you may need to take your plant out of the container and look at its roots. I think that your plant has likely suffered significant root loss. If there are roots to salvage, I would replace the potting substrate you have with long fiber sphagnum, kept damp but not wet. You should choose a container with excellent drainage and only large enough to contain the root mass of your plant
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white_flower
Jun 18, 2020 3:13 AM CST
Gina, thank you so much for all your comments and suggestions. Apologies for the late reply.

I took forward your advice and seems like one of the leaves is about to survive. Also, I know that those leaves grow in pairs and if one is lost the other will follow any time.

Fingers crossed maybe it will grow and more leaves will appear. I will keep you posted.

Have a nice day! much appreciated all your replies so thank you again.

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