Medinilla magnifica, also known as ‘Rose Grape’, ‘Philipinne Orchid’, ‘Pink Lantern plant’ or ‘Chandelier Tree’, is a small evergreen shrub originally from the Philippines. It typically grows on trees in tropical forests, but it has been cultivated for centuries as an exotic houseplant, particularly by the wealthy and noble in Belgium. If you want to grow this unique species, keep reading! Medinilla is a tropical shrub that can reach a height of one meter. 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 store moisture, much like other succulents.
Medinilla thrives in well-draining soil, but it also needs to be watered regularly to keep the soil consistently moist. To help the plant maintain its humidity levels, you can mist it regularly or place a tray of water nearby. Fertilize Medinilla every two weeks during the growing season with a balanced fertilizer to encourage healthy growth and plentiful blooms. Pruning is not necessary, but you can remove dead or yellowing leaves to keep the plant tidy. With proper care, your Medinilla plant can produce stunning pink or purple flowers that bloom for several weeks.
Taking care of Medinilla plants is simple once you understand their needs. They do not require frequent watering, only a thorough watering once a week, but they enjoy being misted regularly, particularly in the dry winter months. If you have a Medinilla plant indoors, you may want to consider using a humidifier during the winter season. It’s also crucial to keep them away from air ducts and breezy windows. When it comes to their growth, Medinilla plants thrive in filtered shade to full sunlight. However, they prefer to avoid direct afternoon sunlight. During its flowering phase, don’t forget to remove spent buds to stimulate new growth and maintain the plant’s healthy appearance.