The plant has glossy leathery leaves that are oval-shaped and stiff. The plant is similar in appearance to and related to the gardenia. Blooms are clusters of four-petaled florets which can last four to six weeks on the stem. Flowers are most prolific in summer but can also appear at other times of the year.
Care of Ixora Plant
Ixora plant care is negligible, which makes it useful as part of the low maintenance landscape. Annual spring pruning and fertilizing will enhance the plant’s health.
Some diseases that are common are fungal but can be minimized by suspending overhead watering. Water only the root zone to prevent the foliage from getting wet.
Spider mites and aphids are common but are more of a nuisance than a serious threat. Use an insecticidal oil spray to combat these pests.
Use a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch around the root zone to prevent competitive weeds, enhance water retention and add organic nutrients to the soil.
Care of Ixora plants in containers requires re-potting every two to three years. Bring the shrubs indoors if any frost is predicted. The plants are extremely tender and will succumb to freezing temperatures.