The Q&A Archives: Ixora Leaves Drying

Question: I have newly planted Ixora plants in sand and clay with rock and landscaping plastic over plants. The leaves seem to getting dry and falling off. How often should I water. We do have poor soil and drainage problems here in sout Texas but I know these plants do well here.

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 is probably why your plants are looking so stressed. Now that you have planted your Ixora in the ground they should recover. Just water as you normally would and wait for new growth. Then you can prune off the dead and damaged foliage. Best wishes with your new plants!

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