Medinilla, also known as the Malaysian orchid, is a vibrant vining plant which produces showy pink flower clusters. Native to humid regions of the Philippines, this plant produces glossy evergreen leaves. Though only the warmest regions of the United States may be successful in growing this plant outdoors, those wishing to experience its beauty can still do so by planting in containers or pots indoors.
When it comes to growing Medinilla plants, gardeners have a few options. The easiest way is to acquire these ornamentals as transplants. Though available in some garden centers, this may be difficult in cooler growing zones. Luckily, Medinilla can also be started by planting viable seeds.
How to Grow Medinilla from Seed
To successfully plant Medinilla seeds, growers will first need to locate a reliable seed source. While seeds are available online, it is important to use only reputable sources in order to obtain the best chance for success.
With gloved hands, the Medinilla seeds will first need to be removed from any remaining outer seed husk – soaking in water can help with this.
Next, growers will need to select seed starting containers and growing mix. Since plants will do best in soil that is slightly acidic, avoid adding any lime. Fill the containers with the seed starting mix and water it well. Soil should not be soggy, however, it will be imperative to maintain adequate moisture while germinating Medinilla seeds.
When growing Medinilla from seed, it will be important to adhere to seed package instructions. Once you plant Medinilla seeds, place the container in a warm location. Check daily to ensure that the surface of the soil has not dried. Many growers may consider the use of a humidity dome to maintain better control over the seed starting tray.
Medinilla seed propagation will require patience, as it can take several weeks for germination to occur. The location of the tray should receive amply bright (indirect) sunlight. After about 12 weeks, most of the Medinilla seed should have germinated. Keep the seedlings well watered until several sets of true leaves have developed on the plants.
Once the seedlings have gained sufficient size, they can be transplanted into larger individual containers or pots.