Ixora Miniature (Red)
Miniature Ixora is a hybrid cultivar has some really nice features and can be used in many interesting ways to add color and texture.
The leaves are tiny, lance shaped and grow very densely on a small compact bush that will mature at no more than about 3 ft x 3 ft. It is a profuse repeat bloomer that is covered with large flower heads made up of hundred of tiny star-shaped florets throughout the warm season.
The brightly colored orange and scarlet red florets are rich in nectar that is attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies.
Plant Ixora in moist, organic enriched and well-drained acidic soil, and where there is abundant sunlight and humidity for optimum growth and flowering. Remove flowers when withered and dried leaves if any.
Prune annually to keep bush in shape or to encourage flowering, instead of repeatedly shearing off branch tips which will inhibit emerging flower buds.
Feed monthly with a water-soluble fertilizer formulated for acid-loving plants.
It is susceptible to yellowing of leaves (chlorosis) when grown in alkaline soil.
Excellent for hedges, screens or massed in garden beds and borders
Ixora blooms best and grows more densely with full, direct sun for most of the day, but it also likes partial shade in the Indian summers. It needs daily watering in the summers but you can cut it down a little in winters. Take care that the soil remains moist but not soaking wet on a daily basis.
Ixora can be pruned anytime in the year. To maintain a good shape, you can choose to prune the oldest and the longest stems from the plant. If your plant's leaves look yellowish, the plant may need a fertiliser with a high nitrogen.Annual spring pruning and fertilizing will enhance the plant€™s health. Repot the plant once in 2-3 years changing the soil.