Medinilles, or the Medinilla magnifica, is anything but undemanding. If you want to get the exotic on the windowsill, you have to consider a few things in advance.
Bring the tropics home - Medinilla magnifica makes it possible. The attractive flowering plant is one of a few species among the exotic black-mouthed plants that are suitable for indoor culture. So that the showy flowers can be admired, the plant lover is challenged, because the magnificent plant is not one of the easiest to care for at the flower window. If the location conditions and the soil requirements of the medinilles are observed, the foundation for healthy growth has already been laid. Find out now what needs to be considered when planting the medinille.
Find the right location
The right location is not easy to find. This can already be guessed at when we look at the plants in their original home. Medinilles are epiphytes, which means that plants grow on tree branches instead of in the ground. This happens in the tropical forests up to heights of 1,000 meters and in high humidity.
The window sill at home doesn't really seem ideal. Space is a serious problem. Medinilles grow quite expansive and come into their own much better on a table or stool in the room. A bright location is needed. The Medinille is in good hands in a heated winter garden. The plant likes to refrain from the blazing midday sun. Morning and evening sun, however, do no harm. Sun is tolerated all day in winter.
✓ Warm location
A warm location is particularly important. The temperatures should not drop below 20 degrees. The winter resting phase is excluded. Temperatures of around 15 degrees are tolerated here.
→ Tip: The medinille needs a rest period in winter to develop flowers.
When choosing the location, the plant does not like experiments. If you change the medinille during the formation of the flowers or during flowering, you risk dropping buds and flowers. The same can happen if the plant is only rotated or moved.
✓ High humidity
A high level of humidity must also be ensured. This should not be less than 50%. In order not to have to spray constantly, the plant pot can also be placed in a coaster or planter filled with water. However, the root should not come into direct contact with the liquid, as this would cause the roots to rot. Place the plant pot on gravel or small stones.
The right location in brief:
- no midday sun in summer
- Temperatures not below 20 degrees
- high humidity
- Do not move or move the plant
- Avoid drafts
Choose the ideal substrate
The plants need a well drained soil. The substrate can be neutral to slightly acidic (pH about 5.5).
It makes sense to make the substrate yourself:
- 1/3 loose compost
- 1/3 peat
- 1/3 coarse foliage
- some sand
Alternatively, cactus soil or commercially available potting soil, which is mixed with clay granulate in a ratio of 1: 1, is also suitable.
The ideal substrate in brief:
✓ slightly acidic
Planting medinille - step by step
- Select location
- Prepare the planter
- make sure there are sufficient drainage holes
- Place drainage in the bottom of the vessel
- Fill in the substrate
- Insert the plant carefully
- fill with remaining substrate
- Lightly press on the earth
- Water the plant well
Since the Medinille does not tolerate waterlogging, this should be taken into account when planting. The planter must have sufficient drainage holes so that the irrigation water does not build up in the plant pot. A drainage of pottery shards in the bottom of the vessel is also helpful. Before the plant is placed in the new planter, it can take a short bath in warm, lime-free water. To protect the roots, the plants should be used carefully.
Medinille: an overview of planting tips
|Location||"A bright location should be guaranteed.|
"The blazing midday sun is not tolerated in summer.
"The humidity should never drop below 50%.
"It is better to place larger plants freely in the room than at the too narrow flower window.
"The location cannot be changed during flowering and blooming.
|Select substrate||"The soil should be loose and slightly acidic.|
"A mix of potting soil and clay granulate works well.
"Cactus soil can also be used.
|planting operation||"It is important to select a sufficiently large and not too light planter.|
"A drainage in the bottom of the vessel protects against waterlogging.
"The roots have to be spared when planting.
"The plants are watered on well.
"The irrigation water should run off immediately.
When does the medinille need to be repotted?
If the plant was newly acquired, it does not have to be repotted in the first year of use. The plants are sold in a substrate that contains all the necessary nutrients. Older plants are repotted every two to three years.
The best time is spring. In general, medinilles can be repotted all year round - except for the flowering phase, where the plant is very sensitive to any stress and should not be moved at all, if possible.
→ Tip: The planter should not be chosen too big, but bring a sufficient weight so that the quite heavy and expansive plant does not tip over.
Is the medinal suitable for hydroponic?
If a plant was already in the ground, it will hardly get used to hydroponics. Medinilles are particularly sensitive to changes of location, so this experiment should be avoided.
If you want to grow a medinille in hydroponics, you have the best chance with a fresh cutting. This has not yet been planted and is most likely to get used to the conditions of hydroponics.