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Medinilla magnifica
  • RHS AGM

rose grape

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

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Size
Ultimate height
1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
1–1.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Pink Green
Summer Pink Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H1A
Botanical details
Family
Melastomataceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
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

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Philippines

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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 and container plants
Pruning

Pruning group 9

Pests

scale insect may be a nuisance

Diseases

Generally disease free

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