Jungle Geranium

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Jungle Geranium
Common Name: Jungle Geranium
Botanical Name: Ixora spp. (ik-SO-ra)
Decorative Life: From 4-6 weeks.
Post Harvest Care:
  • Never allow plants to wilt as most of the foliage is likely to fall. Also, light stress (low light levels) can induce leaf fall.
  • Very chill sensitive with resulting significant leaf fall within 3 days of being exposed to chill temperatures (3 days at 48F or lower).
Family Roots:
  • Member of the Rubiaceae (madder family).
  • Native to India and surrounding area.
  • Common relatives include galium, sweet-woodruff, coffee and gardenia.
  • Flowers are tubular opening to 4-5 spreading lobes, in tight clusters at stem ends.
  • Stems are often woody, leaves leathery.
Availability: Previously only available in late spring through summer but now is available year-round.
Flower Color: White, orange, red, pink, scarlet.
  • Ixora, a Malabar deity to whom the flowers were offered.
  • There are many forms of Ixora under various Latin names, thus complicating an understanding of this species.
  • Besides ornamentals, this family includes a number of important species noted for coffee, quinine, dyes and medicines.
  • Will generally do well in light levels at least bright enough to read a newspaper in comfort.
  • The reported dwarf species I. taiwanensis could not be confirmed in taxonomic journals.
Recent Findings: Meir et al. (1994) reports that a synthetic auxin, NAA, greatly reduced or even prevented leaf abscission when plants were sprayed prior to exposure to chill inducing temperatures. In a later report (Michaeli et al., 1999), MCP was also shown to inhibit leaf abscission caused by chilling.