I had sort of been fearing the worst. My Medinilla Magnifica was looking a bit weary. I had lost one to that extremely hot week in summer (and due to my negligence), and was worried about the second. These plants were large and blooming when I bought them, and they carried a premium price tag. In fact, I don't believe I've even spent as much on one plant as I did these, so you can imagine how irked I was with myself.
The thing is is that they sort of thrive on neglect. This guy (The Survivor) has been in the same place since I bought him. When I think about it I'll soak him, pot and all, in a sink full of water. When I don't think about it, well, I don't. I do, however, look at him every day to see if the dead patch of leaf is growing, or if he looks to be wilting. So far he has been a good, stable houseplant.
|Native to the Philippines, Medinillas, when blooming, have stunning cascades of pink flower bracts. I've since discovered that Logee's sells smaller plants for around $15. I will probably invest in a few more in the Spring.|
|I love their large, slightly sculptural leaves. This one, however, has had this blight for quite a while. It hasn't grown at all, however, so I'm simply keeping an eye on it.|
|And what do we have here? New growth!|
|And even more new growth! I'm not sure if they will be blooms or a new stalk of leaves. I really know so little about this plant! I am simply relieved to see it growing. I must be doing something right!|