The Q&A Archives: Baltic Ivory

Question: How do I get rid of Baltic Ivory? I planted this about 2 years ago and now I would like to plant flowering annuals or perennials however I think the Balti Ivory is killing my poor plants at the roots. Please help!!!

Answer: Baltic Ivy is a named variety of Hedera helix or English ivy. This is an aggressive groundcover that is best used to plant difficult areas such as dry shade. It will be difficult to remove it if it has become established in a planting area. You may be able to dig and pull most of it out if you are careful to remove the roots as well as the vines. Or, you can try treating it with an herbicide containing glyphosate, either sprayed on the foliage or painted onto cut ends of the vine after cutting it back as much as possible. Be sure to read and follow all of the label directions. The treatment will probably need to be repeated, so be certain the ivy is gone before you try to replant with perennials. If the ivy has covered the area, it might be easier to plant annuals in large containers rather than eradicate the ivy. I wish I could be more encouraging.

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