The Q&A Archives: Ixora Maui Red

Question: do I need a support wire for this best for a wall or pot? what about on a south block wall facing north would get western sun. does it stay neat or dye back some like my pink jasmine I have to trim the dead out. Is it an evergreen? thanks katrina

Answer: Ixora are lush, large-leaved shrubs that produce rounded clusters of star-shaped blooms. These clusters can grow to 7 to 8 inches in diameter, and are scattered randomly throughout the plant. They appear on the tips of new upright stems and are readily visible. Maui is a bright red-orange variety that produces a medium size shrub with medium size foliage. It will grow in full sunshine and likes acidic, moist soils. You can topdress with peat moss to help acidify the soil. Water deeply and then allow the top of the soil to dry out between waterings.

You can prune yours into a shrub shape, or train it up a trellis. Ixora are frost sensitive so plant yours in a frost-free area or keep it in a container so you can take it indoors if frost threatens. If a mild frost arrives and your Ixora is outdoors, it can die down in the winter months but it should resprout in the spring. If there is no frost, it should remain evergreen in your garden.


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