Ixora, Flame of the Forest’

FAMILY: Ixora

USES: Strong and continual flowering. Does well as a shrub, hedge, container plant, en masse, around pools, courtyards and under canopied trees.

SIZE: Grows 1.2 – 2m tall with a 1.5 – 2m spread at a rate of 30 – 50 cm p/a.

LOCATION: Full sun to partial shade. Does well with some protection from direct sea wind or hot, dry desert wind.

SOIL: Best in an organically enriched fertile soil with a pH 5.6 – 6.0, acidic. Will show leaf chlorosis if soil is too alkaline or saline.

FERTILISER: Apply a slow release 15:8:11 NPK with trace elements together with Fe chelate and seaweed as a soil drench in spring and autumn.

WATER: Keep soil moist. Moderately drought tolerant for short periods only. Does not accept over irrigation or waterlogging.