Care of Ixorias - Knowledgebase Question

Houston, Tx
Question by mrsje
August 22, 2006
Need help with care of Ixorias

Answer from NGA
August 22, 2006



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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