In the mountainous regions of the Philippines find the Medinilla its origin with over 200 different species. The Medinilla here is called Kapa-kapa. Worldwide there are even more than 400 species! The Magnifica is like a houseplant the known species. Through years of breeding there are now several types on the market.
The ideal temperature for the Medinilla is between 17 and 25 degrees Celsius. The Medinilla tolerate much light. In the winter months the Medinilla tolerates even direct sunlight. In the spring and summer only indirect sunlight. During flowering not fertilize the plant and give moderate water. Rather like something too dry than too wet.
Lifetime / Flowering
The flowering period is about 3 months. With proper care, with proper care will last for years and the Medinilla plant can again be brought back into bloom.
The buds break gently. The plant to stand in the same spot until new shoots are formed. Then put down the plant for several months on a light, cool place (16-18 degrees). moderate watering and start adding fertilizer (1x per month). Once the plant reveals new buds again a room temperature of 17-23 degrees optimum weather.
The flower is the most prominent feature of the Medinilla Magnifica. Officially you can not call it a flower, however. It are pink 'bracts' where the real flowers blocked. Because it is actually a kind of colored leaves, is the Medinilla extra long 'bloom'. When the flower has finished remain pink bracts namely sit still long.
Medinilla Magnifica is an epiphyte. These are plants that grow on trees here to withdraw without food. They use the shade and protected from large herbivores.
It can happen that the leaves of Medinilla will have dark brown spots. This is due to a dark place of employment and / or fertilizer. Another consequence of this is that the flower buds dry up and become black.
Nice to know:
Late King Baudouin of Belgium was a big fan of Medinilla. He grew them in the Royal Greenhouses. Before the advent of the Euro, the plant flaunted on the banknote of 10,000 Belgian francs.