The Q&A Archives: Dry Leaves On Ivy

Question: I just bought an ivy, and I noticed it was drying out a little, so I watered it more, only to learn that it shouldn't be watered too much and that it should get more sun. I have been putting it in direct sunlight and watering it at most once a week. But it still has the original symptoms. What can I do?

Answer: It may be that the ivy has a pest problem such as spider mites. Examine it carefully for speckled leaves and fine webbing underneath the leaves. If you see these, treat it with insecticidal soap according to the label instrucions and increase humidity around the plant. Increasing humidity may also help if the browning is simply due to overly dry air -- as we often have during the heating season. One way to increase the humidity is to set the pot on a pebble tray. Fill a tray with pebbles, add water to just below the top of the pebbles, and set the pot on the pebbles. Top up the water as needed. Ivies are very tolerant of different light levels, but will grow best in bright light. ALlow some time for th plant to adjust to its new location before deciding to move it again. A plant growing fast, or a plant in warm temperatures, or a plant in a draft will need more water than a plant in a cool location or one that is growing slowly due to reduced light levels. Test the soil wth your finger and see if it is dry at the surface; if so, water. I hoep this helps you trouble shoot.

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