Bedding plants

Increase Medinille - This is how it works with cuttings and moss

Increasing the medinille is not necessarily one of the easiest tasks for a hobby gardener, but it is possible. There are two different ways to do this.

The Medinille (Medinilla magnifica) is a very pretty and distinctive houseplant, which, however, also makes its demands and is not really easy to care for. Propagation is also no child's play.

However, if you observe the following information, you have a good chance of providing offspring for this exotic flowering plant.

The medinille can be multiplied in two different ways:

  • cuttings
  • Abmoosen

Propagation by cuttings

Propagation by cuttings is generally considered simple and straightforward. If certain conditions are met, this type of propagation has potential for success even with the demanding Medinille.


The best time for cuttings to grow is January and February. No cuttings should be cut during the growth phase and during flowering.

Required materials:

  • cuttings
  • Vermehrungsbeet
  • substratum
  • Bewurzlungspulver
  • Plastic or glass cover


❶ Cut cuttings
Lassen Let the interface dry
❸ Dip the cuttings in the rooting powder
❹ Fill the planter with substrate
❺ Insert cuttings
Beachten Observe the site conditions
❼ Root cuttings

The head cuttings are cut in winter. No budding should have started yet. A cutting should be about eight to ten centimeters long. The chances of success can be improved if the cuttings are dipped in rooting powder, such as this one, before planting. The planter should be filled with a mixture of sand and peat. After the cuttings have been inserted, a suitable location must be ensured.

" Tip: The rooting will only work if the temperature is constantly high and the air humidity is very high.

The temperatures should not be below 30 degrees, better are values ​​around 35 degrees. Since a very high air humidity is also required, the propagation bed should be covered with a plastic or glass cover.

" Watch out: The cover must be ventilated daily so that there is no mold in the warm, humid climate.

The multiplication by moss

This method of propagation may sound a bit exotic at first, but has little to do with the origin of the plant. Moss is a term that originated when people once made a virtue out of necessity. Where pulp can be used today, a leather cover was used in the past, which was filled with moss.

In principle, mossing is comparable to the increase by subsidence. This method is more common. A strand is led directly from the plant into the ground and covered with soil. The tip of the shoot looks out and the underground part is rooted. Later, the rooted plant is separated from the mother plant and used separately.


The months of March and April seem particularly suitable for this method of propagation.

Required material:

  • sharp knife
  • Bewurzlungspulver
  • Moss or pulp
  • waterproof container


Perennial branches are suitable for mossing. The selected branch is cut obliquely up to the middle after the shoot point. The gap should remain open and be clearly visible. So that rooting is promoted, rooting powder must be applied. Now the open interface is well packed in moss or in cellulose.

" Tip: Moss has always been used for moss removal and has the ability to help foreign plants grow roots.

Now it is important to keep the packaged shoots evenly moist. To simplify this, a plastic cup can serve as a cover. The vessel is cut open on the side and attached to the branch using a central star cut. The lengthwise cut is closed again with adhesive tape and the cup is filled with earth. Now nothing can go wrong when pouring.

" Tip: Transparent cups have the positive side effect of being able to observe and control the rooting.

Duration of moss removal:

This differs from plant to plant. While it only takes a few weeks for fig trees, for example, it can take a few months for the medinille to work its way through to the edge of the cup.

What happens after that?

Once enough roots have formed, the new shoot is simply cut off at the top and bottom. So a new small plant has been created, which now has its own planter and can be cultivated separately.

The pros and cons of propagation types


" Advantages:

  • The propagation of cuttings is simple and straightforward.
  • Several cuttings can be cut at the same time. This can very well be combined with repotting or pruning the plant.
  • The cuttings can be placed in the substrate immediately.
  • Several cuttings can easily be obtained.

" Disadvantage:

  • There are additional costs for the rooting powder, the substrate or the propagation bed.
  • The cuttings only root at constant temperatures of more than 30 degrees.
  • A constant high level of humidity must be ensured.
  • Several cuttings have to be cut, the failure rate is high.


" Advantages:

  • The success rate for moss removal is comparatively high.
  • If a shoot has roots, it is very likely that it will grow well.
  • There are no additional costs.

" Disadvantage: