A tropical shrub with beautiful pink inflorescences, the Malaysian Orchid is also appreciated for its glossy leaves.
It has large oval leaves, opposite, with parallel veins, and forms a rounded or spreading shrub. Its flowers are pink, grouped in a beautiful hanging inflorescence, surmounted by large lighter bracts.
Common name : Malaysian Orchid
Scientific name : Medinilla magnifica
Family : Melastomaceae
Category : Indoor
Type of plant : Perennial
The Malaysian Orchid is a shrub of 50 cm to 1.5 m tall that is able to grow on other trees. It is grown as a houseplant in temperate regions because it is not hardy.
The moisture in the air is enough for its survival.
The maintenance of this plant is deemed difficult, it is similar to that of some orchids.
50 - 150
6 - 6.5
Plant my medinilla
Plant your medinilla in a mixture of orchid substrate and potting soil. The result will be an acid medium, light, fertile and very draining.
Choose a large pot that you will place on a cup filled with clay balls to maintain a constant humidity. Where to place it? It needs a lot of light, a high hygrometry, and a room where it is never less than 16 ° C.
Water my medinilla
The Malaysian Orchid does not like excessive watering, nor limestone. To overcome the low atmospheric moisture of our interiors, prefer soaking only the bottom of the pot to avoid wetting the roots - every 3-7 days.
The rhythm changes to watering every 15 days during the winter. Use lukewarm rain water in the morning to let the pot drip and dry during the day. Never wet the heart of the plant.
Spray my medinilla
Spray the leaves often to maintain moisture levels, and prevent the appearance of pests.
Fertilize my medinilla
From March to October, add special liquid orchid fertilizer twice a month.
Repot my medinilla
The operation is delicate, and aims to regenerate the substrate of the plant, to give it more space.
At the end of flowering, when the Malaysian Orchid makes it's young roots, remove it from it's pot in a very clean location, replace the substrate, remove damaged roots and replant in a mixture of 3/5th bark, 1/5th pearlstone, 1/5th fine charcoal, in a transparent pot with holes, or in an earthenware pot.
Take care of my medinilla
In early winter, place your Malaysian Orchid in a cool room - 16 to 18 ° C - to force it to rest. Space the waterings.
When the flower buds come back, resume normal maintenance.
Check on my medinilla
Watch out for red spiders, aphids and scale insects!
First, these infamous red spiders! They're actually not spiders, but a type of mite. They absorb the content of the cells, causing the leaves to turn a marbled yellow-white-silver, and we can often observe fine spiderwebs. These mites mainly attack the back of the leaves. To verify their presence, moisten a cotton ball and swab underneath the leaves — you'll notice tiny little red marks.
To get rid of them, know that these spiders hate water! Prepare a black soap based solution: 20 g of soap, one liter of water and 30 ml of methylated spirits.
For aphids and scale insects, try sodium bicarbonate (one teaspoon per liter of water, adding in a little soap).