Botanical name: Medinilla magnifica
Common names: Rose Grape, Showy Medinilla, Philippines Orchid, Pink Lantern
Rose Grape also called Showy Medinilla, Pink Lantern or Philippines Orchid bears spectacular pendant rosy pink flower-heads about 1.5 ft and is a spectacular addition to any houseplant collection.
The large leathery oval leaves in Rose Grape are prominently veined with wavy edges and are borne in pairs. The stems are winged.
Rose Grape Plant can be grown in a hanging basket or on a pedestal where the large, pendant flowers can beautifully hang downwards.
Due to its requirement for high humidity and warmth, Rose Grape is not easy to grow under room conditions. However, it is a spectacular flowering houseplant if the requirements are met.
The inflorescences in Rose Grape Plant are arching panicles of pink flowers, with showy pink basal bracts and are about 1.5 ft long.
Rose Grape is a slow-growing tropical plant which grows to a height of about 2 ft and a spread of about 2-3 ft. The leaves are about 1 ft long.
Medinilla magnifica (Rose Grape) is native to the Philippines where it grows as an epiphyte on trees.
Medinilla magnifica is named after José de Medinilla y Pineda, who was governor of Mauritius in 1820. The species name 'magnifica' means 'magnificent', 'great', 'eminent', or 'distinguished'.
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Rose Grape Plant (Medinilla magnifica) grows best under bright, filtered light and moderately moist soil. It requires average room temperature and a humid enviroment.
The best soil for growing Rose Grape Plant should be free-draining and rich in organic matter. Continue reading for more on the best growing conditions for Rose Grape Plant.
Rose Grape Plant (Medinilla magnifica) grows best in bright, filtered light away from direct sunshine. It can also grow under a grow light.
Regularly turn the pot to ensure that the plant receives light on all sides for uniform growth. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.
Water Rose Grape Plant (Medinilla magnifica) moderately during the growing season and allow the top 1-2 in. of soil to dry out between waterings.
Reduce watering during the cold season to maintain the soil barely moist as growth is minimal at this time. Read more on how to water houseplants.
Ensure the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot and eventual death of the plant.
Rose Grape Plant (Medinilla magnifica) thrives in warm room temperature between 16-240C. A room temperature that is comfortable for you is ideal for this plant.
Protect your Rose Grape from draughts to prevent leaf curl and leaf fall. Read more on understanding temperature for houseplants.
Rose Grape Plant requires humid conditions inorder to thirive. To raise humidity for your Rose Grape, set the pot on a wet pebble tray or use a cool mist humidifier. Check out these techniques on how to raise humidity for houseplants.
Clean the leaves of your Rose Grape Plant by damp-wiping with a soft cloth to get rid of dust and also discourage pest infestation. Read more on how to clean houseplants.
Feed Rose Grape Plant (Medinilla magnifica) with a phosphorous-rich, water-soluble fertilizer every 2-3 weeks during the growing season.
Withhold feeding for your Rose Grape Plant during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time. Read more on how to feed houseplants.
Prune Rose Grape Plant (Medinilla magnifica) by removing dead blooms and leaves to maintain the plant neat and tidy.
Pinch off the growing tips of your Rose Grape Plant to encourage growth of a bushy plant.
Cutback your Rose Grape Plant after flowering to 1/2 of its height to encourage new growth and keep the plant compact. Read more on how to prune houseplants.
Repot Rose Grape (Medinilla magnifica) at the beginning of the growing season into a pot one size larger than the previous one only when the plant becomes pot-bound.
Mature Rose Grape plants can be top-dressed by replacing the top 3-4 inches of soil with fresh potting mixture.
Ensure the pot has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining soil to avoid soggy soil as it can lead to root-rot.
The best soil for Rose Grape Plant (Medinilla magnifica) should be rich in organic matter and free-draining to prevent it from getting soggy while providing the required nutrients.
Most multi-purpose potting mixes are ideal for Rose Grape Plant. Buy quality Potting Mix for your Rose Grape Plant from Etsy.
Rose Grape Plant (Medinilla magnifica) can be propagated at the beginning of the growing season from stem cuttings.
Take stem cuttings of about 4-6 in. from a healthy Rose Grape plant. Ensure each cutting has at least 2 nodes as new growth will emerge from here. Strip the lower leaves.
Dip the lower cut end of your Rose Grape cutting in a rooting hormone to hasten rooting.
Insert the Rose Grape cutting in moist, free-draining soil and cover the set up with clear polythene to create a greenhouse effect in order to promote rooting.
Place the set up in a warm brightly lit spot. Allow the Rose Grape plants to be well established before transplanting after which you can begin routine care.
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Rose Grape Plant (Medinilla magnifica) problems indoors are caused by cultural faults in watering, lighting, humidity among others. Read on for more on these problems, their remedies and solutions.
Rose Grape Plant dropping flower buds is caused by underwatering. Rose Grape requires consistently moist soil to thrive.
Water your Rose Grape plant thoroughly and maintain the soil moderately moist during the growing season to avoid flower bud drop. Never allow the soil to dry out completely.
Rose Grape Plant yellowing and wilted leaves are due to underwatering. Dryness in the roots zone will cause the leaves to wilt and turn yellow.
Water your Rose Grape plant thoroughly and maintain the soil moderately moist during the growing season and never allow the soil to dry out completely.
Rose Grape Plant yellowing leaves are caused by soggy soil. Rose Grape cannot tolerate wet feet.
Too much water in the root zone result in death of roots. When roots die, they cannot take up water and other nutrients required for photosynthesis. Therefore, the plant begins to die and leaves are the first casualty.
To prevent death of your Rose Grape Plant, reduce watering in the cold season to maintain the soil barely moist. Also, ensure the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy.
Rose Grape brown leaf tips and edges are due to too low humidity (dry air). Rose Grape thrives in humid conditions.
Rose Grape leaf curl and leaf drop is due to too cold temperatures. Rose Grape prefers warm temperatures inorder to thrive.
Protect your Rose Grape Plant from cold draughts and maintain warm room temperature between 16-240C to prevent leaf curl and leaf drop.
Rose Grape Plant not blooming (flowering) is due to three possible reasons.
One possible reason for Rose Grape Plant not blooming (flowering) is too little light. Move your Rose Grape to a brighter spot where it will receive bright, filtered light but away from direct sunshine or instal a grow light if you do not have adequate light in your home.
The second possible reason for Rose Grape Plant not blooming (flowering) is feeding it with a nitrogen-rich fertilizer which leads to vegetative growth at the expense of blooms.
Feed your Rose Grape Plant with a phosphorous-rich, water-soluble fertilizer every 2-3 weeks during the growing season but withhold feeding during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time.
The third possible reason for Rose Grape Plant not blooming (flowering) is underwatering. Water your Rose Grape Plant moderately during the growing season and allow the top 1-2 in. of soil to dry out between waterings.
Reduce watering during the cold season to maintain the soil barely moist but never allow the soil to dry out completely.
Rose Grape Plant (Medinilla magnifica) is non-toxic to both humans and pets. It is safe to grow in the home.