Medinilla Magnifica - 5 blooms fell off same time

WhimsicalChaosFebruary 20, 2014

Hi - 5 blooms/buds (4" ish) fell of with their entire stem still attached. They fell from the main stem/leaf area. Stems wer about 7" long with blooms still attached. What happened? See photo of plant...thank you...

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love_the_yard(z9A Jax FL)

Too cold?
Too wet?
Where was it when it happened? Was it recently moved or exposed to cold?

Can't see the pot or soil, but from the photo it looks like you have it outside. These plants cannot tolerate cold at all. They are hardy in Zones 10 and 11, so they have to be very well-protected in colder areas. This guy thrives on warmth and cannot take cold nights (or days).

It is a beautiful, beautiful plant. I hope it recovers for you.

Carol in Jacksonville

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 11:57AM
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sultry_jasmine_nights (Florida 9a)

They hate wet feet. Mine is potted in very loose soil. In nature they grow as epiphytes where the water just runs over their roots. Make sure the soil dries out a little. I let mine get very pot bound and added a lot of perlite and a medium orchid bark mix to the potting soil. It likes bright light but not too much direct sun. It does not like cold.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 7:42PM
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tropicbreezent

Very sensitive to cold and poor drainage, but grown as epiphytes they need a lot of moisture.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 9:19PM
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garyfla_gw(10 Florida)

hi
had that happen many times lol Incredibly sensitive plant .
had much better luck with myriantha but not nearly as glorious ?? If you find a solution please share ?? gary

    Bookmark   February 22, 2014 at 4:51AM
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WhimsicalChaos

Hi...thanks to everyone and their respomses. After i left the post, i looked inside ome of the blooms and saw that all of the stamens were black...i had only had this plant for a few days, and came to to the conclusion that it had gotten too cold during shipment to the shop my husband had purchased it from. Needless to say, all of the blooms fell off. So, i am now left with a beautiful green plant, and no flowers.

Now i need help figuring out 'how' to possibly get it to re-bloom. Any advice would be so very appreciated.
Thanks to all, and have a lovely afternoon.

P.S. i only sat it outside to take the photo...it resides in my home in a bright window.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2014 at 11:51AM
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WhimsicalChaos

Hi...thanks to everyone and their respomses. After i left the post, i looked inside ome of the blooms and saw that all of the stamens were black...i had only had this plant for a few days, and came to to the conclusion that it had gotten too cold during shipment to the shop my husband had purchased it from. Needless to say, all of the blooms fell off. So, i am now left with a beautiful green plant, and no flowers.

Now i need help figuring out 'how' to possibly get it to re-bloom. Any advice would be so very appreciated.
Thanks to all, and have a lovely afternoon.

P.S. i only sat it outside to take the photo...it resides in my home in a bright window.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2014 at 11:52AM
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