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Medinilla magnifica

Medinilla magnifica or Rose Grape is part of the Melastomataceae family of plants. It is tropical. It is an evergreen, epiphytic shrub. It is native to the Philippines. It is also called the Philippine Orchid, Pink Lantern Plant, or Chandelier Plant.

The leaves are leathery, green. They have pale-veins and are ovate. The leaves grow as long as 30cm or 12in. It uses its leaves to store moisture, just like succulent plants. Medinilla magnifica produces pink flowers on arching panicles with pink basal bracts. It flowers during summer.

Medinilla magnifica
Medinilla magnifica

Medinilla magnifica can grow 2.5m or 8ft tall. Usually, it is grown as a houseplant or in greenhouses and is much more compact. Grow Medinilla magnifica in diffused light, not direct hot sunlight. It is best to use orchid compost. Medinilla magnifica requires humidity but you can let the compost dry at the top before watering again.

Medinilla magnifica
Medinilla magnifica

Medinilla magnifica should be kept in warm temperatures. It should range 18-25ºC or 64-77ºF. It can be slightly colder during winter or the dormant season. It is not easy to propagate Medinilla magnifica at home. But it can be propagated from tip cuttings. It can also be propagated by division. Deadhead the flowers to encourage more flowers. You can prune back after flowering to promote a more bushy plant.

Medinilla magnifica
Medinilla magnifica
Medinilla magnifica
Medinilla magnifica

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