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Question: I bought 2 ixora in pots and left them on my porch that receives morning sun. In a couple of days they were brown and wilted,so I soaked them, cut off the dead leaves and stems until I saw green, then planted them in the flower bed where I have other health looking ixora. Any other recommendations in reviving these plants?

Answer: Quite often newly acquired plants need a period of adjustment before they will perform well in a landscape. I suspect that your new plants were protected from direct sunshine while they were being transported to the garden center and also while they were in the garden center. Putting your new plants in an area that received direct sunshine, coupled with the fact that containerized plant roots can become overheated when the pots are subjected to the sun's rays, I think contributed to the stress which was too much for your plants to handle. Now that you have planted your Ixora in the ground they should recover. Just water as you normally would and wait for new growth. Just as a precaution, any new plants you acquire should probably be set in a protected place until you can plant them in the garden. Best wishes with your new plants!

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