Ask a Question forum: Ixora, transplant shock or water stress?

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Bauru, South East, Brazil.
Feb 4, 2018 10:53 AM CST
I transplanted a lot of dwarf ixoras 4 weeks ago in a new garden, and since then they lost its flowers, one died (completely dry), and most of them have some brown leaves (starting at the tip). Only a minority is showing some signs of new flowering. It doesn't look like they are dying, but it doesn't look they are going well either.

Some info:
I live in southeast Brazil, right now we are in summer, sunny, hot (75F average, but it gets as hot as a 100F) , humid, rainy (200mm month).
My soil is Sandy, acid (5.8 ph) and drains well. I ammended before planting with manure and compost.
I mulched with pine bark to retain moisture, and for the first two weeks after planting it rained heavily almost every day. The last few weeks the rain stopped and I applied a fertilizer ( 6-18-12 and micronutrients) as an attempt to give them some life back.
Since then I am monitoring humidity to avoid overwatering, and keeping the soil moist.
The plants receive a lot of clarity and direct sunlight from 10am to 3pm.

Since I am new to gardening, I am not sure this is water stress, transplant shock or both, and I would really appreciate some advice, because I really don't know if I should do something else or just wait them to recover.

I attached some pictures for reference.
In order:
From the first week.
From today.
The one that died (from last week).
Close up from today, most of them are like that right now.

Thank you very much.
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[Last edited by andremarron - Feb 4, 2018 11:32 AM (+)]
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Name: Andrea Reagan
Astatula, Florida (Zone 9a)
I collect seeds
Feb 10, 2018 9:09 AM CST
When transplanting any plant you need to trim off the flowers and/or flower buds. The plant then will concentrate in establishing itself or growing roots in the "new" soil. However, what this means is that the plants may take longer to establish themselves and some may die because they are concentrating in flowering when they should be concentrating their efforts on growing their roots.

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