Spring Garden Tips
Medinilla for Indoor and Outdoor Gardens

Add a bit of the tropics to your patio or indoor garden with a Medinilla plant.

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mgm audio 062514 medinillaThis Philippine native is a relative newcomer to the North American garden scene. It produces exotic pink flowers several times a year. The colorful buds slowly open and expand into a spike covered with pink flowers and bracts.

Grow your plant in bright light indoors or indirect sunlight outside. Water thoroughly whenever the soil just starts to dry. You'll water less often in the winter.

Pour off any excess water that collects in the saucer or use a gravel tray to elevate the pot above the water. This will save you time and improve the growing conditions by adding humidity around your plant.

Only fertilize actively growing Medinilla plants. Use a dilute solution of a flowering plant fertilizer whenever your plant needs a nutrient boost.

Keep plants indoors when outside temperatures are below 54 degrees F (12 degrees C).

A bit more information: Remove faded flowers as your Medinilla finishes blooming. Fertilize regularly as the plant produces new growth. Once stems are at least 10 inches long you can start the reblooming process. Move your plant to a cooler location with temperatures about 64 degrees F (17 degrees C). Continue to provide bright light throughout the reblooming process. Move back to its original location once the buds are at least 1 inch long. For more information visit medinilla.ca/plant-care

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