Malaysian Orchid

A tropical shrub with beautiful pink inflorescences, the Malaysian Orchid is also appreciated for its glossy leaves.
Common name : Malaysian Orchid
Scientific name : Medinilla magnifica
Family : Melastomaceae
Category : Indoor
Type of plant : Perennial
Evergreen
Evergreen
Cold-sensitive
Cold-sensitive
Large pot
Large pot
The Malaysian orchid - or medinilla - is an evergreen shrub that grows up to eight feet tall in its native environment. It is an epiphyte, which means it grows on trees or other plants and relies on rain, air and accumulated rotting vegetation for its survival. It bears thick leathery 10 inch leaves and blooms with amazing enormous deep-pink flowers drooping off long stems. The maintenance of this plant is deemed difficult, it is similar to that of some orchids.

Caracteristics

Exposition
Water needs
Granulométrie plants.granulometry_5
Frost-resistance Low
Zone USDA 13a
Height 50 - 150
pH 6 - 6.5

Plant my medinilla

Plant your medinilla in a mixture of orchid substrate and potting soil, if possible 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 hard water. 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. Always let the soil dry out well between watering to avoid root diseases., and remember this plant is an epiphyte and is not used to having its roots constantly wet.

Spray my medinilla

Spray the leaves often to maintain high moisture, and to avoid pests.

Fertilize my medinilla

From March to October, add special liquid orchid fertilizer twice a month.

Repot my medinilla

A delicate maintenance, that aims at renewing the substrate of the plant and to give it more space. At the end of flowering, remove your plant from its 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).

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