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Medinilla sos

Question: medinilla sos

Good morning, when I woke up this morning I found my magnificent medinilla with one of the three flowers with the black interior, exactly the bunch that instead in the other flower is completely of a beautiful bright pink.what will happen ???
To develop the humidity of the plant I put gravel both on top and in the saucer.
its position is inside a living room beside the window.

Answer: medinilla sos

Dear Sara,
the magnificent Medinilla is one of the most beautiful houseplants that we can find in the nursery, unfortunately it is also one of the most difficult plants to cultivate, as the Italian climate and the one found in the apartment, generally do not even remotely resemble that of the Asian rainforests, where the medinilla lives in the wild. That being said, it may simply be that the large inflorescences of your medinilla are naturally withering; in this case you will see the bright pink becoming more and more brown, and the inflorescences will come off simply from the plant, and will reappear next spring, if and only if the climate in which you cultivate the plant is the ideal one for its development. Consider that these plants in nature are epiphytes, or their roots do not sink into the soil, but in the residues that are deposited between the branches of the trees, or in the undergrowth, as also happens for many orchids. Therefore, to be best cultivated, the medinillas must sink their roots into a completely incoherent substratum, made up of small pieces of bark, a little soil, sphagnum, coconut fiber; the advantage of this type of substrate is that it is very porous, and also very draining. The medinille in fact fear any type of water stagnation in the soil, which can quickly cause rot, or other fungal diseases, which often prove irreparable. In fact, it happens that when we notice a fungal disease on our medinilla, it is already quite advanced, and no fungicide can help us. In addition to this, it often happens that a spotting on a leaf, or an area of ​​rotting on an inflorescence, are symptoms of a fungal disease already in advanced stage, linked to a climate not ideal for the plant. Therefore, even if we were able to eradicate the present disease, we will also have to modify the climate of the place where we grow the plant, otherwise it will be subjected to attacks by other pests.
So, if it is a withered inflorescence, you will also see the other wilt, and you will enjoy the leaves for the coming months. If instead it is a browning due to a root rot, it is likely that the plant wastes visibly over the course of weeks, losing all the foliage.