The Q&A Archives: Grape Ivy

Question: I just purchased a grape ivy plant for my dining room. It's location is about 4' from a North facing window.
I have noticed that the plant looks like it is thinning in the middle and some of the leaves, although green,
are becoming dry and crunchy. When I remove them, they just crumble.

I understood that grape ivy plants were able to take a lower light level. What's the problem and how can I rectify it?

Answer: Grape Ivy is tolerant of poor growing conditions, but it shouldn't have crispy leaves! It thrives in cool to average household warmth (minimum 55F in winter), likes bright to medium light, and liberal water during spring and summer. Water sparingly in winter when the plant is resting. Mist the leaves occasionally to increase humidity around the plant.

Remove the dried out leaves, mist every few days, and wait for new growth in the spring. When new leaves appear, pinch back the growing tips of the plant to encourage bushy growth.

Once conditions improve, your plant should regain its health.

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