The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Family: Rubiaceae.

Common name(s): Flame Of The Wood, Jungle Flame
Ixora Genus of about 400 species of evergreen shrubs and trees from tropical woodland and mountains worldwide. Ixora is a petite member of a family of tropical shrubs. In the tropics, Ixoras are commonly found, almost continuously showing they bright red blossoms. Colorful, 4-petalled flowers top glossy green foliage. Used as a houseplant or summer patio-container plant. A 3-4 ft. shrub with glossy leathery leaves. From late spring to autumn it bears large clusters of flowers. This is not a plant for the novice - leaves drop if exposed to cool air aor even a short time - flower buds drop if it is moved from one spot to anoser. Humid air is essential. After flowering keep rather dry for a month, then resume normal watering. Ixora
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Prefers very warm temperatures - 70°F minimum. Brightly lit spot or full sun. Grow in soilless potting mix. Keep compost moist at all times but never waterlogged - do not allow to dry out. Reduce watering in winter. Use soft, tepid water. Misting is necessary. Take semi-ripe stem cuttings in spring. Use a rooting hormone and provide bottom heat.
Ixora coccinea
Ixora coccinea is a difficult shrub - with care the large flower-heads in white, yellow, salmon, pink or red will last troughout the summer months. Ixora coccinea

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