In its original environment - the south of Asia and especially the Philippines - the Medinilla stands out mainly because the plant grows on the branches of the trees, as an 'epiphyte'. Under the leaves the Medinilla finds shelter from the not always friendly burning tropical sun.
In nature, the plant can grow up to three meters high. The flowers are striking. Where every other plant shows that pride, the flower clusters of the Medinilla hang. The flower cluster of the Medinilla is extra special: the vulnerable clusters are the only variety protected by bracts. Continuous breeding has turned the enthusiastically growing Medinilla into a splendor of a houseplant, which flowers for a long time - for up to three months indoors.
Light: Bright, indirect light
Soil: Peat moss-based mix
Watering: Keep the soil evenly moist spring through fall. Water sparingly in winter, keeping the plant barely moist.
Humidity: High humidity is a must. Indoor air can become extremely dry during the winter months. If the relative humidity drops below 60%, use a cool-mist room humidifier or set the plant on a tray of wet pebbles.
Fertilizer: Feed every 2 weeks spring through fall with a high-phosphorous fertilizer (such as 10-20-10) diluted by half.