Medinilla Magnifica – Philippine Orchid – How to Grow Care Guide
Hi Judy, My mom saw a Medinilla plant in bloom and really wants one for her birthday. Could you show me what it looks like and is it hard to care for? Thanx!
Medinilla magnifica is a beautiful flowering plant often called a Philippine Orchid. In the Philippines, Medinilla magnifica grows in the forks of large trees. It is a type of epiphyte, which is a plant that grows on other trees but doesn’t get its food from those trees. In warm climates, a Medinilla magnifica is grown as a perennial. The plant produces large flowers several times a year and is not difficult to care for.
Here are some care tips:
Light: A Medinilla likes bright light and during the winter, from November to March, the plant can even be in the direct sun. However, from April through October, keep a Medinilla magnifica in bright indirect light so the leaves don’t burn.
Water: Allow the top 1/3 of the soil to dry out before watering it. The plant should be light when you lift it. I like to water from the bottom. Place a Medinilla magnifica in a deep saucer of water for 10 minutes, refilling the water as it is absorbed. Allow the soil to dry out more during the winter when the plant is resting.
Temperature: The ideal growing temperature is about 65°F to 78°F (18.3° to 25.6°C). Cooler night-time temperatures help the flowers last longer and new buds develop faster. Avoid temperatures below 60°F (15.6°C).