FAQ

Frequently asked questions:
    
Q: How long does a Medinilla flower for?
A: A Medinilla flowers for a very long time: a flowering period of 3 months is normal, but some plants flower for up to 6 months! If you follow the advice given below then you can enjoy your Medinilla for several years!
     
Q: What are the small white grains on the young leaf?
A: These are growth sugars. These indicate that the plant is growing well.
     
Q: How do I get my Medinilla to flower again?
A: After a Medinilla has finished flowering and the old flowers have fallen off or have been removed, the plant will grow new shoots. In this period the plant can be given some plant feed once every two weeks. When the new shoots are approx. 10 inches long, you have to place the plant in a cooler enviroment at 17-18°C, when after approx. 10 weeks the flowerbuds are about 1 inch, you can place it in a warmer room.
     
Q: Is it normal for the plant to loose leaves during or after the flowering period?
A: Loosing leaves can have several causes, in wintertime the Medinilla needs all the light you can give it, this means putting it preferably in a window facing south, it can also be a consequence of too much fertilizer. If the plant comes form the nursery, it has enough fertilizer for the flowering period. Therefore during the first 2 or 3 months the plant should be fed no more than once per month. The plant only needs extra fertilizer (once every 2 weeks) when it starts to grow new shoots.
     
Q: Why are the leaves developing grey spots and then falling off?
A: The plant is not getting enough light. Place it in as light a position as possible, preferably in a south-facing window. However, the plant cannot tolerate direct sunlight between March and November, as this is too strong. Between November and March the sunlight is less strong and the Medinilla can tolerate direct sun.*
     
Q: The leaves have fallen off within 3 weeks of purchasing the plant.
A: The plant has probably been in too dark a position during transport or in the shop. If this is the case then it is almost impossible to restore the plant’s decorative value.
     
Q: Why is the plant developing black stalks or losing leaves which are black at the base?
A: The plant has probably received too much feed. Immerse the pot in clean, lukewarm rainwater.
     
Q: Can I prune my Medinilla?
A: A Medinilla can be pruned. When pruning make sure that at least one pair of leaves remains on each stalk because a stalk without leaves will die. Never remove more than 50% of the leaves.
     
Q: Can I repot my Medinilla and can I do that at any time of the year or do I have to wait until the spring?
A: A Medinilla can be repotted at any time of the year. It is however advisable to do this in the spring as then the plant has the most vitality due to the increasing light intensity. For the best result the Medinilla should preferably be potted in nutrient-poor woodland soil or turf.
     
Q: Can I take cuttings from a Medinilla?
A: Cuttings can be taken from a Medinilla under ideal growing conditions. When a leaf is fully green you can cut it off, and place it in a pot, use wet soil or turf without any fertilizer or any other supplements such as chalk, place a plastic bag over the pot so no moisture can escape and the cutting stays moist, after about 4-6 weeks the plastic bag can be removed and you ca start carefully with giving some fertilizer every two weeks, if the plant needs more water give only clean water.
   
Q: Where can I buy a Medinilla?
A: We often get the question where to buy Medinilla’s in Europe, because we sell our products through the auction, we do not know where they end up, so we are not aware of selling points in Europe. Best is to ask for a Medinilla at your local flowershop, if they do not have them,  ask if they can order one for you, Medinilla’s are sold all year round, so that can’t be the problem.
   
* The rules for light apply to the degrees of latitude where the Netherlands is located. Bear in mind that the sun is on average stronger in Southern Europe and less strong in Northern Europe/Scandinavia.