MONA THE MEDINILLA
Also known as the rose grape, showy medinilla, pink lantern and chandelier tree. The Medinilla Magnifica lambada is native to the Philippines.
Mona likes a bright room. She will not tolerate direct sunlight as this will burn her lovely pink flowers. Place her near a window with blinds or shutters that offer some bright, filtered light. Lighting-wise Mona pairs perfectly with Bonnie (Chlorophytum comosum or spider plant) and Eraser (Ficus Elastica)
Mona prefers her soil to be on the moist side. Check the first two inches of soil and only water when they are dry. The more sun Mona receives the more often she will need a drink. She is not a drought tolerant plant and will need regular watering especially in the summer months.
Mona loves a humid environment and should be placed in a steamy bathroom or by a humidifier. You can also place her near Lily (Spathiphyllum or peace Lily)and Hamish (Nephrolepis exaltata or Boston Fern) who release humidity into the air.
Mona is a tropical plant and needs a warm and humid environment. Place her in a room between 18ºC-24ºC. The warmer the temperature, the more often you will need to water Mona.
Mona is a fast-growing plant and can be fertilised once every month in the growth season. Do not fertilise in the winter months when Mona will not be actively growing.
Mona may need repotting once every 2-3 years. Only repot Mona when you notice plenty of large roots sticking out of her nursery pot. This is a sign she is ready for a bigger home. Do not re-pot in the winter months as this could send Mona into shock during her dormancy period.
TROUBLESHOOTING YOUR MEDINILLA
Drooping foliage- Drooping foliage is a sign that Mona is ready for a drink. Check the first few inches of soil and only water if the soil is dry. Never let Mona sit in water as this can cause root rot.
Yellowing leaves/mouldy soil- This is very often caused by overwatering. Check the first two inches of her soil and only water when they are dry. You may need to check the root system to make sure there isn’t any root rot.
OUR TOP 3 CARE TIPS
Top tip 1: Use our leaf shine to keep Mona’s leaves looking fresh, clean and vibrant.
Top tip 2: Dead head (snip them off at the bottom of their blooms) Mona’s flowers whenever they reach the end of their life cycle. This will encourage new blooms to flower.