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Dwarf Ixora, also known by the scientific name Ixora taiwanensis, is a small evergreen shrub that is exceptionally popular in warm weather states like Florida. The most outstanding feature of this species is its profuse blooms. Small showy flowers emerge in dense clusters and hold either a red, orange, pink, or white color. That impressive appearance is not the only beneficial quality of these flowers. Along with being beautiful, the flowers of dwarf Ixora plants are incredibly long-lasting. This species quality allows them to add bold pops of color to your garden most of the year.

  • Impressive, long-lasting flowers.
  • Compact size complements many planting schemes.
  • Easy to care for given the right conditions.

Planting and Care

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by John Haryasz | Horticulture Writer and Landscape Designer – last update on December 2, 2021

Planting instructions

You should plant your dwarf Ixora plant in an area that receives full sun or partial sunlight each day. The soil should have good drainage and have a low ph value. At the time of planting, it can be beneficial to add a soil amendment, to increase the amount of organic matter that reaches the roots of this plant.

Container planting is an option for dwarf Ixora plants, but if you choose this route, you will need to be wary of root binding and finding a container with adequate drainage. When planting multiple dwarf Ixora plants, such as for a hedge planting, their compact size makes it so you can plant them as close as two feet apart.

Watering and nutrients

The soil in which a dwarf Ixora plant grows should remain relatively moist at all times. You should not water this plant to the point where the soil is excessively wet. What you want to do is wait for the top layer of soil to become a bit dry, then add water.

Dwarf Ixora also does well with regular fertilization. Try adding a granular fertilizer once in the Spring, Summer, and Fall. The best fertilizer to use is one that is acidic and has a good amount of potassium.


Pruning for dwarf Ixora plants should take place in the early spring and should be somewhat minimal. This species can take a while to recover from pruning cuts, so over-pruning can cause this plant to decline.

A moderate-early spring pruning will encourage the plant to bloom. You can also choose to shear this plant to maintain a specific shape. However, if you do this, you run the risk of removing many of the flower buds, decreasing the overall effect of the bloom.

Pests, diseases, and animals

As you raise your dwarf Ixora plant, you will notice several pests and diseases that can arise. Most often, aphids will be the pest that lives on this plant. Dwarf Ixora plants can also run into problems with mealybugs and scale insects.

Beyond pests, dwarf Ixora plants have other common ailments you should look out for. Sooty mold and black fungus can both be an issue. Often, those two afflictions follow the presence of an insect infestation.

Achieving maximum results

Occasionally, you might notice that the leaves of your dwarf Ixora plant are becoming yellow. When that happens, you can be sure that it is due to the soil’s pH level being too high. Remedy this by adding an acidic fertilizer.

Regular fertilization and an acidic pH are also beneficial to the blooms of this plant. By keeping up with a schedule that includes multiple fertilizations each year, you are doing your part to promote the best possible blooms each year.


How do you make a dwarf Ixora plant bloom?

The blooms are the most valuable ornamental feature of the dwarf Ixora plant. Many gardeners want to make their plants bloom as much as possible. The best way to cause that to happen is to use the correct fertilizer and proper pruning each year. Maintaining an acidic soil quality is another influence over the health and blooms of the dwarf Ixora plant.

How fast does a dwarf Ixora plant grow?

Dwarf Ixora plant is a somewhat small shrub species. Considering the plant’s minimal size it is surprising how long it takes for the species to reach maturity. Dwarf Ixora plant is a very slow-growing plant. It will take a few seasons before you get to see this plant in its fullest form. The best way to speed up this process is by adding fertilizer to the soil about three or four times each year.

How do you propagate a dwarf Ixora plant?

Propagating a dwarf Ixora plant is a simple affair. All you will need to do is remove a cutting from a mature plant and replant that cutting in well-drained soil. The cutting you select can be either new growth or semi-hardwood and should be about four to six inches long. Apply a root hormone to the cutting and then wait about five weeks for the new roots to develop.

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