The Q&A Archives: swedish ivy

Question: Why do the stems shrivle and die?

Answer: Swedish Ivy (Plectranthus) can suffer from root or crown rot if the soil is kept too moist, or the plants are over-crowded and air circulation is poor. If you're growing yours in a hanging basket, provide morning sun and afternoon shade, water thoroughly when the top inch of soil is dry, and make sure the container has adequate drainage holes in the bottom. If you're growing yours in a flower bed as a groundcover, be sure the soil drains quickly and that you don't overwater. You can pinch away the affected plant parts and your Swedish Ivy will produce healthy new growth. Best wishes with your garden!

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