Ixora : Greenhouse Plants
T – tropical, minimum of 18°C (65°F)
These plants only grow well if they have tropical conditions; I have tried them in lower temperatures and their growth almost stands still. If you can give these plants the conditions they like they will live up to their name of ‘Flame of the
Woods’. Ixora coccinea is the most commonly grown producing heads of many red flowers. It is unusual to find this plant but seed of Ixora mixed hybrids can be bought which are almost certainly hybrids of this East Indian species; red, pink, apricot and white flowered plants can be grown. Seed should be sown just under the surface and kept at a temperature of 21-24°C (70-75°F). You may need patience as germination can take up to four months. I grow the plants in peat-basedand keep them just a little cooler in winter although never below 15°C (60°F). Any necessary pruning on older plants can be done in spring. Cuttings can be taken at the same time; bottom heat will help these along no end.