Many of you are aware of my shifting my garden to another place in the same premises. Today, I removed the Ixora off shoot that was growing near the base of the plant. I cut down carefully the mother root from where this new growth was removed. It has fresh and raw roots [seen here]. In fact, the mother plant was from the same method. I had brought in here from our other premises which we left 10 years ago. It has a lovely red flowers and I do not want to lose it. My only worry is its failure to adjust to the shock. Once it establishes, it will thrive. Have I done the right thing here? The plant is already >18" tall, almost 2' in fact.
Ixora question - does this off shoot survive?
Dinu, I'm not familiar with Ixora, so I don't know if your transplant method will work. I'm hoping it will, though, because you like it so much. Now that some time has passed, does it look as if the transplant is going to survive?
Expectedly, some leaves are yellowed, some are still green in the middle. I have also managed to uproot the mother plant and I hope it survives the shock. I now have to choose a proper spot for that. I only hope both will survive. Fingers crossed.
Is this a good time of year for you to be transplanting? I hear there are terrible floods in some places in the north of India, but what is the weather like in your area.
Mysore is in between the two southern shores of the Indian peninsula, a good and safe distance away. No extremes of climates - but very salubrious. It is in the 'plains'. In my DG homepage, I've linked some information on our city by hyperlinking the word "Mysore" in the "write-up". Please do have a look at it [you may find it interesting] when you have the time.
Yes, it is luckily the rainy season and so transplanting at this time could be of benefit. Floods affect the coastal cities usually and where esp. the gigantic River Brahmaputra in the north overflows. It's an annual phenomenon. It's a huge river with great volume. Presently, the weather is pleasant, as usual, but we feel a bit warm [even at 30C] at times. Summers touch 38. Winters touch a max of 27-28.
Dinu, you might try to root some stem cuttings,just in case. I have a red Ixora that has been in a 12" clay pot for about 5 years. I did refresh the soil this spring. From what I read, they prefer acid soil. I just purchased a "yellow" one last week. It's not truely yellow, more of a gold color. I added a photo. Good luck!
Thanks OCCAROL. In the meantime, I've brought the entire mother plant itself and put it in soil in a bag till I decide where to plant. The off-shoot above looks in pretty good condition till today, despite its leaves drying up [naturally, from shock], except two larger leaves which has remained green. Further up and further down to these two, the leaves have dried. I hope this will survive to grow well. Also the mother plant - it is still in shock.
Your Ixoras are nice. I too have a yellow one. I plan to plant the pink, red and yellow together. How do you like the idea? Except the pink, the red and yellow tend to grow straighter.
BTW, what is that stone-like thing in the back there?
I didn't know there was a pink one! I'll have to start looking for that. The stone -like thing in the background is actually a resin fountain/ bird bath.
The pink, red, and yellow together sounds good to me.
I return to this thread with some happy news. Those two larger leaves which I mentioned above are still in tact, looking healthy. But today, much to my delight, I saw two tiny light green new leaves propping up above those two leaves. Will post a pic soon.
Oh yes, JuneyBug. In the meantime, I've removed it from its temporary bag of soil and planted it near the entrance gate. See circled spot in this picture. I hope to see this grow nicely and give joy to hundreds of eyes with its lovely red blooms, like its parent plant did before. Those two leaves are growing - now they are slightly larger. It's the dormant season now.
How wonderful to hear this. It is below freezing weather here now and we are getting ready for a storm. To know that there is an ixora growing from an heirloom plant in the warmth of India is a nice thought.
Yes indeed, we are moving towards the beginning of summer and winter is slowly giving way. I'll soon post a new pic of the 4 leaves. And the second pair has grown quite fast!
Oh Dinu! That's great! I'm so happy it survived, and is flourshing!
Ixora update - photo taken October 2014. It is doing well, but with snail-pace growth which may be due to the presence of roots from the Fiddlewood tree which is just out of picture, but its leaves towards the top left can be seen on the compound wall. The tree is only about 8-9 feet from this Ixora. It should have shown a vigourous growth if it had been in a better place.
In my first post I mentioned about shifting of the garden. It was from the other half to 'my half' of the property which underwent a division [between two brothers]. I had taken a picture in 2007 for which I looked how my Ixoras grew. This red variety, I had two plants - I had the orange, yellow and pink as well that could not be saved/moved during shifting. In this picture, both the red ones are seen. The one near our main door had grown nice and tall and had tens of blooms. The one near the gate [left] was shorter.... this off-shoot is from this smaller plant.