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Ixora / Dwarf
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Ixora / Dwarf

Latin Name:

Ixora chinensis

Plant Type:

Shrub

Description:

Flowers are orange. The four petals of each flower have rounded tips and in other selections come in a range of reds and yellows. Bushes much-branched, about three feet (90cm) in height.

Origin:

East Indies

Environment:

Suitable only for a greenhouse

Foliage:

No

Flowering:

Yes

Season:

GH

Fragrant:

No

Growing Ease:

Requires extra care

Temperature:

60-85°F, 16-29°C

Humidity:

High humidity

Lighting Needs:

Does best in bright indirect sunlight coming from the South/East/West

Soil Type:

Use a GOOD rich potting soil (a soil that retains water yet drains well), such as an African violet mix. If you want to mix your own take: 1 part organic lime free soil, 1 part peat and 1 part coarse sand or perlite Always use a pot with a hole.

Watering:

Keep the soil evenly moist and if you use rainwater, be careful as it could be acidic. Use warm water.

Fertilizer:

Feed every two weeks during growth using a water soluble acidic fertilizer diluted by half.

Plant Pests:

Prone to spider mites and mealy bugs. Always inspect any new plant for pests before introducing it to your home or greenhouse.

Propagation:

Seeds and tip cuttings in the spring through summer. It is best to propagate any type of cuttings or seeds in a mixture of moist peat and perlite. Cover the pot and plant with a plastic bag secured by a rubber band to prevent the moisture from escaping. Place in indirect sunlight or under a fluorescent light. Repot in its regular mix after it has been growing for a while.

Gardening Tips & Care:

Mist frequently with warm water (lime free to avoid leaf staining) and keep the plant warm. Try not to move this plant. Place pebbles or gravel in the drainage dish to hold water and increase the humidity, make sure the pot is sitting on the gravel and not in the water. Prune after flowering and repot in the winter or early spring.

Is Genus:

No

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