Tropicals forum: Medinilla magnifica care info

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Faridat
Dec 31, 2017 2:10 AM CST
Hello all! If some of you have a Medinilla indoors, could you share information on caring for this plant please?
I live in a European country, which is rather hot, trying to supplement humidity but without a proper humidifier. I would like to know about the mix of soil you have her in, the amount of light she gets, watering tips, etc, I would be grateful for any information! :)
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WillC
Jan 1, 2018 11:55 AM CST
Medinilla is an uncommon indoor plant because its requirements are difficult. Primarily it needs lots of high humidity at all times. The pebble tray will help some, but may not be sufficient, depending on how dry the air is where you are. A humidifier may be necessary. Daily misting does little to increases humidity.

Its other primary requirements are warm temps and lots of very bright but mostly indirect sunlight. Imagine a greenhouse environment and try to duplicate that as best you can.

Normally, it would be in a semi-dormant period with a bit drier soil and lower temps at this time of year, but I see yours is now in bloom so it is out of its normal cycle. It may be that the neglect at the nursery actually helped bring about the flowers.

The damaged leaves are no doubt due to cold, the irregular watering, and even some physical mishandling. The leaf spots that you see may be nothing more than the initial symptoms of that particular leaf dying back gradually and you may not be able to prevent that. It is not a disease that can be arrested by cutting out the brown spots. As long as new growth leaves come in and remain healthy, then you are on the right track.

I often preach about not repotting unnecessarily, but this is a plant that especially needs to stay quite potbound if you want it to do well and bloom regularly. There is no reason to repot it now or in the foreseeable future. It does best in a very porous epiphytic or Orchid potting mix. Keep the potting mix well hydrated, especially when the air is dry.
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Dutchlady1
Jan 6, 2018 8:02 AM CST
I disagree that this is a difficult plant indoors. In my personal experience - I found that with daily misting this plant will thrive. I had one in London, England for years.
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Faridat
Jan 8, 2018 6:28 AM CST
London has high humidity though, which really helps with Medinilla, it is one of the necessary requirements. Over here, the climate is dry, Mediterranean region.
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ardesia
Jan 8, 2018 7:54 AM CST
Do you have a sunny spot in a bathroom where you would get additional humidity from showers, etc.?
As to the potting mix, you need good drainage but it must stay slightly moist without it staying soggy. I wonder if you couldn't incorporate coir into the medium, I find it has similar moisture holding properties to peat moss but it drains far better for me.
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Faridat
Jan 9, 2018 4:16 AM CST
@ardesia, thank you for your answer! Unfortunately, I don't have enough light to keep any plants in the bathroom, except some ferns. But I do provide my Medinilla with enough light, I may need a humidifier I think for this plant. I think the humidity levels may be enough for her now, but when spring comes I have to get ready for a very hot summer and she will suffer or collapse even if I don't care to provide for all her requirements. As far as today, she is doing good. She suffered some leaf damage in the nursery, but luckily no further losses have been noticed. She hasn't opened the rest of her flowers and I don't know why or even when this will happen.
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