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Plant Care Guide >> Outdoor Shrubs >> Ixora Singaporensis
Ixora is notable for its brightly coloured flowers, which are composed of many small blossoms massed together into dense, flat-topped flower heads. It is the national flower of Republic of Suriname. The plant blooms throughout the year.
 
Common name:

Ixora, Flame of the Woods, Jungle Flame, or Jungle Geranium

Botanical Name:

Ixora Singaporensis

Family:

Rubiaceae

Foliage:

The two to three inch-long leaves are bronzy when young, later turning to a glistening dark green.

Flowers:

It blooms all the year round.

Light:

The plant requires to be grown in full sun. A minimum of four hours of sunlight is necessary for the plant.

Soil:

The plant requires rich, well drained acidic soil.

Humidity:

The plant needs high humidity.

Watering:

Water moderately allowing the top half-inch of the soil to dry between waterings.

Pest and Problems:

It is very sensitive to one or more pests or diseases which can affect plant health or aesthetics. Problems include nematodes, aphids, bagworms and scale.

Growth habit:

The plant is moderate growing and can grow to about 8-10 feet.

Fertilizing:

Ixora are acid lovers. Feed monthly with a good quality water soluble fertilizer formulated for acid loving plants.

Pruning:

Remove blooms when past peak. Removing one or two leaves below the blossom will promote branching and increase blooming. Remove undesired branches at any time plant appears healthy.

Propagation:

Propagation is done through stem cuttings.

Special Care:

Always use acid forming fertilizers.

Landscaping Use:

The much-branched, compact habit of Ixora makes it ideal for hedges, borders, screens or as a specimen planting.

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