The Q&A Archives: Dry Leaves On Ivy Topiary

Question: How do I care for an English ivy indoor topiary? Some of the leaves are drying out.

Answer: Ivy likes to be in bright conditions during the winter, but prefers more humidity than is found in most homes. Mist the leaves and wash them occasionally. Set the plant on a pebble-filled tray and add water just to the top of the pebbles, so the plant isn't sitting in water. As the water evaporates it will increase humidity around the plant. Ivy should be watered sparingly during the winter, but don't let the soil dry out completely.

Spider mites are a common problem. They congregate on the new growth and on the underside of the leaves. Leaves become bronzed or speckled and you can often see the mites' fine webbing. If you find an infestation, wash the plant thoroughly under the faucet or in the shower. Do this daily until you get them under control. An occasional spray with insecticidal soap can also keep them in check.

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