Ixora Coccinea

Ixora Coccinea

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Big, bright flower clusters give this beautiful tropical a couple common names: Flame-of-the-Woods and Jungle Geranium.

Now you can find cultivars available with blooms in shades of pinks, oranges and reds.  Ixora Coccinea is a species of flowering plant in the Rubiaceae family. It is a common flowering shrub native to South India and Sri Lanka. It has become one of the most popular flowering shrubs for Gardens and Landscapes.

Origin: India and Sri Lanka

Height: Dwarf varieties grow up to 2 ft (30 cm).

Light: Full sun to partial shade. Ixora coccinea needs plenty of direct sunlight to bloom. Scoot your plant outdoors for the summer, if you want, to give it the light it needs.

Water: Water thoroughly then allow the surface of the potting medium to dry out before watering again. Don't allow it to dry out too much -- Ixora will wilt and not bloom well if the potting mix is dry. Use rainwater, allowing it to warm up to room-temperature because cold water will shock this tropical native. Water less in winter.

Humidity: High humidity is a must. If relative humidity drops below 50%, place pot on a tray of wet pebbles or use a cool-mist room humidifier for Ixoras. If the leaf edges turn brown and flower buds shrivel without opening, the air is too dry.

Temperature: Keep warm year-round (75°F/24°C) with a mininum temperature of 60°F/16°C. Protect plant from cold blasts from windows, entry ways and A/C vents. 

Soil: Acidic peat moss-based mix, such as African violet potting mix.

Fertilizer: Feed every 2 weeks in spring and summer with an all-purpose water-soluble fertilizer diluted by half. 

Propagation: Take 3-inch (8 cm) stem tip cuttings in spring or summer. Dip the cut end in water, then hormone rooting powder. Put the stem in moist potting mix, then firm the mix around the stem so that it stands up. Enclose the whole pot in plastic to maintain humidity. Roots should develop in about a month.