Other common names: Red Ixora, Jungle Flame, Jungle Geranium, Pecah Periuk
Javanese Ixoras are a hardy shrub that is commonly seen in roadside gardens and biodiversity-attracting gardens. The nectar-filled flowers are highly attractive to a wide range of insects, including butterflies, ants, and moths. The berry-like fruits are attractive birds and small mammals.
A perennial shrub, Javanese Ixoras are useful as biodiversity-attracting plants and perimeter plants to add a pop of colour to any garden.
Sun and soil needs:
Javanese Ixoras are steady growers and generally does not need fertilizing. This shrub can grow up to 3m in height and will need to be pruned regularly. Regular pruning to promote airflow will keep the plant healthy and neat.
Common problems & solutions:
This plant is relatively resistant to pests and disease if kept healthy.
This plant may show signs of iron deficiency in which new leaves will turn pale yellow with dark green veins. This is usually caused by waterlogged soil, particularly during the wet season. Improve drainage by mixing in more organic matter or adding a subsoil drain nearby.
Javanese Ixoras may look leggy when young. Encourage bushiness with regular pruning.
If the plant does not receive enough light, it will stop producing flowers. Prune surrounding plants or move the plant to a sunnier spot to promote flower growth.
Mealy Bugs and Scale Insects often infest the plant if it has underlying problems like waterlogging. Mechanical pest control methods like pruning the infested parts are the best methods for managing these pests in the short term, but resolving the underlying problem will prevent them in the long term.