The Q&A Archives: General Care For Ivy Topiaries

Question: I have been growing a small ivy plant indoors for about a year and it recently seemed to be losing a lot of leaves and drying up, though I kept it frequently watered. Since it was getting quite sparse, I decided to transform it into a topiary, winding it around a wire frame. It seems to be doing okay, but do you have any suggestions for keeping topiaries healthy and happy? Anything different from regular ivy care?

Answer: Your ivy was probably just losing some of its older leaves (they only last 2-3 years!). Aside from pinching out the growing tip to encourage new leaf development, there's not much else you can do to keep your plant full. Ivy can grow rather long stems, which do become bare after a while. Pinch it back and you'll be rewarded with several new stems, sporting lots of new leaves. Ivy likes soil on the dry side, lots of bright light, and an occasional misting if the indoor air is dry.

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