• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Medinilla magnifica

rose grape

AGM plants

AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

  • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
  • Available to buy
  • Of good constitution
  • Essentially stable in form & colour
  • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases
rose grape

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  • Other common names rose grape

  • Family Melastomataceae

  • Genus Medinilla are evergreen shrubs or woody climbers, with simple, leathery leaves and often pendulous sprays of whtie or pink flowers, sometimes subtended by showy pink bracts

  • Details M. magnifica is an upright epiphytic shrub with leathery, broadly ovate, pale-veined, deep green leaves to 30cm long and, in summer, arching panicles of pink flowers 2.5cm across, with showy pink basal bracts

  • Plant range Philippines

Characteristics

  • Foliage Evergreen

  • Habit Bushy

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)

    H1A

Colour

Sunlight

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or West-facing

  • Exposure Sheltered

Soil

  • Sand

    Sand

  • Loam

    Loam

  • MoistureMoist but well-drained

  • SoilSand, Loam

  • pHAcid, Neutral

Size

  • Ultimate height 1.5-2.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 1-1.5 metres

  • Time to ultimate height 5-10 years

How to grow

Cultivation Grow under glass in loam-based potting compost (JI No 2) in bright filtered light, or full light with shade from hot sun. Provide high humidity by placing on an upturned saucer in a tray with moist gravel. Water moderately in growth and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly. Water sparingly in winter

Propagation Propagate by seed, softwood cuttings in spring or semi-ripe cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types Patio & Container Plants

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 9

Pests scale insect may be a nuisance

Diseases Generally disease free

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