The Q&A Archives: Care of Ixorias

Question: Need help with care of Ixorias

Answer: Jean,

Ixora coccinea, (Flame of the Woods, or Jungle Flame) Is a tender plant grown outdoors in southern Florida and the far south of Texas but must be overwintered indoors further north. A freeze will kill it to the ground, but it often resprouts if mulched well. It reaches 7-8 feet but is generally kept to about 4 ft. by pinching tips or pruning. Blooms appear throughout the warm season and are in clusters at the ends of branches, with each individual flower 2 inches long. They come in shades of red, orange, pink or yellow.

Ixora prefers a rich, slightly acid soil with lots of compost added. Keep the soil moist but avoid soggy conditions or rots will develop. Fertilize with a complete plant food such as one of the balanced liquid fertilizers on a monthly basis at the label rate.

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