We planted the red blossom Ixora plant at the front of our house about a year or so ago because it was supposed to be a hardy plant for the tropics. It worked well for a while until the ants and aphids found it and attacked. We tried everything from soapy water to trying to clean off the leaves whenever we saw the bugs but it was a losing battle.
We decided to pull it out and try the plant on the left instead. I hope it does OK out of the pot.
I'm all for letting nature have her way to a point, but this is ridiculous! All the new Ixora leaves were covered with aphids brought by the ants to milk.
I didn't realize there were this many aphids until I took this close-up shot.
Even the flowers are covered with aphids. Many of the blooms just wither away.
The rest of the plant is covered with a black and white ash like substance.
I have no idea what this new plant is called because my aunt gave it to us. We're keeping our fingers crossed.
Does anybody have advice on how to get rid of aphids and ants?