Light up your garden with Ixora, Also known as flame of woods

Ixora ( Flame of the Woods )

Reaching for the stars is literally impossible. Nor can stars descend from the heavens for us mortals.

However, if one wants to have an illusion of stars brightening up one’s garden, one should go for Ixoras, the multi-coloured star-shaped blooms that have heavenly connotations to their name.

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A popular plant in many new home gardens is Ixora, an ever-blooming shrub that is often unknown to recent residents. It is one of the mainstays of India that is easy to grow and maintain.

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While some references call this shrub as Flame of the Woods, in the nursery trade it is simply called Ixora, which is part of its botanical name, Ixora coccinia.

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Twenty-eight species are cultivated worldwide and out of these, Ixora chinensis and Ixora coccinea have great horticulture importance.

Star-shaped flowers appear in round bunches at the tips of new stems. Blooms in shades of pink, orange or yellow, depending on the variety, appear nearly all year round.Flowers are often fragrant.

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Ixora flowers last well when picked and put into a vase or bowl with water, making an attractive flower display.

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Ixora is a sun-loving plant. So locate it near a window when kept indoors. Bright sunlight brings out vibrant colors and more prolific blooming.

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Recommended Soil:

As with any kind of garden, success usually starts with the soil. Most plants do best in moist, well-drained soil that’s rich in organic matter (such as compost or peat moss).

If you don’t have a good soil for plants, you can also buy ready to use nutrient rich soil.

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In general use a soil-based compost placed over a generous layer of drainage material such as earthenware crocks, pebbles or gravel. Water and feed regularly, especially while plants are bearing flowers and fruit, when a high-potash fertilizer is recommended.