How to grow and care for Rose Grape Indoors

Houseplant, Rose Grape

Botanical name: Medinilla magnifica
Family: Melastomataceae

Rose Grape also called Showy Medinilla or the Philipinnes Orchid bears spectacular pendant rosy pink flower-heads about 1.5 ft. The large leathery oval leaves are prominently veined with wavy edges and are borne in pairs. The stems are winged. The Showy Medinilla is a 4 ft tropical shrub and is native to the Philipinnes where it grows as an epiphyte. Due to its requirement for high humidity and warmth it is not easy to grow under room conditions. However, it is a spectacular flowering houseplant if the requirements are met.

How to Grow Rose Grape Plant

Light

Rose Grape Plant grows best in filtered light away from direct sunshine. Learn more on how to ensure your plant receives the correct light in this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

Water

Water Rose Grape Plant moderately during the hot 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. Avoid waterlogging as it can lead to root-rot. Learn more on how to water houseplants.

Temperature

Warm room temperature between 16-240C is ideal for Rose Grape Plant. Protect it from draughts to prevent leaf curl and leaf fall. Find out more on temperature for houseplants.

Humidity

Rose Grape Plant grows best in humid conditions. Employ these techniques to raise humidity for the plant. Clean the leaves by damp-wiping with a soft cloth to get rid of dust.

Feeding

Feed Rose Grape Plant with a phosphorous-rich, water-soluble fertilizer every 2-3 weeks during the growing season. Withhold feeding during the growth season as growth is minimal. Learn more on how to feed houseplants.

Pruning

Prune Rose Grape Plant by removing dead blooms and leaves to maintain the plant neat and tidy. Pinch off the growing tips to encourage growth of a bushy plant. Cutback the plant after flowering to 1/2 of its height to encourage new growth and keep the plant compact.

Repotting

Repot the Rose Grape Plants at the beginning of the growing season in a pot one size larger than the previous one only when the plant becomes pot-bound. Mature 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 waterlogging as it can lead to root-rot.

How to Propagate Rose Grape Plant

Rose Grape Plant can be propagated at the beginning of the growing season from stem cuttings. Take stem cuttings of about 4-6 in. Ensure each cutting has at least 2 nodes. Dip the lower cut end in a rooting hormone to hasten rooting. Insert the cutting in moist free-draining soil. 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 plants to be well established before transplanting.

Common Problems in Growing Rose Grape Plant

  • Flower buds drop
  • Underwatering is the cause of wilted leaves in Rose Grape Plant; water the plant moderately and maintain the soil moderately moist during the growing season.

  • Yellowing and wilted leaves
  • Underwatering is the cause of wilted leaves in Rose Grape Plant; water the plant moderately and maintain the soil moderately moist during the growing season.

  • Yellowing leaves
  • Overwatering Rose Grape Plant will cause the leaves to start yellowing. Reduce watering in the cold months to maintain the soil barely moist.

  • Brown leaf tips or brown leaf edges
  • Too low humidity will cause brown leaf tips and edges in Rose Grape Plant. Employ these techniques to raise humidity for the plant.

  • Leaves curl and fall
  • The cause of leaf curl and leaf fall in Rose Grape Plant is too cold temperatures. Maintain warm room temperature between 16-240C.

  • No blooms
  • Several reasons can lead to no blooms in Rose Grape Plant. These are too little light, feeding with a nitrogen-rich fertilizer and underwatering.

  • Pests
  • Common pests in Rose Grape Plant are Spider Mites, Scale Insects and Aphids.

Toxicity

Rose Grape Plant (Medinilla magnifica) is non-toxic to both humans and pets. It is safe to grow in the home.

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