Houseplants forum: Proper care of Hedera Helix Ivy

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Susan727
May 10, 2011 1:13 PM CST
I've always managed to kill off any ivy I tried to grow but nevertheless I bought 3 (4 inch) containers of different varieties of ivy. I assume they like misting and to stay moist but almost all the stores have dead or dying ivies and you know how store personnel overwater everything.

Anyone out there have thriving ivies?

Thanks,
Susan
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threegardeners
May 10, 2011 1:50 PM CST

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The best I've ever grown those ivies was in a terrarium.
They'll do ok hanging outside in a shady spot in the summer (thanks to our cool, damp nights) but as soon as winter comes and they have to be inside, I lose them (too dry air from artificial heat). Some of that is my own fault for not misting enough though (and daily misting is essential, for the plant and to keep their number one pest, the spider mite, under control).

Good luck with them!
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psa
Jul 9, 2011 10:53 PM CST
Ivy is one of the plants that I give monthly showers to. I just take it in to the shower and soak the vines good. If I see signs of mites I do it more often, and I use hand soap to wash it off.
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fiat
Aug 20, 2014 11:39 PM CST
threegardeners said:... Some of that is my own fault for not misting enough though (and daily misting is essential, for the plant and to keep their number one pest, the spider mite, under control)...


Hi Lee, I know this thread is at least 3 yrs old, but I just got a small pot of ivy recently. I am kind of lost that I think I over water it when I received it (almost daily or twice a day). Then I read about if overwatering, ivy leaves will turn yellow which happened to mine (see the leaf tip at center and another completely yellow gone). So I stopped watering. But now it doesn't look like very happy... According to your opinion, should I or can I daily mist it? And when misting, should I just mist on the plant (leaves)? or the soil/mix too? I fear if misting on soil, will over water again.
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And then I got a Pothos too. It seemed the same problem. Should I do the same (misting) on it too? Please confirm and advise. Thanks
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threegardeners
Aug 21, 2014 7:29 PM CST

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misting daily can't hurt at all.
I water when the soil feels dry to the touch 1 knuckle deep.

Hope this helps!
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fiat
Aug 21, 2014 11:08 PM CST
Lee, Thanks for your advice.
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Cinta
Aug 31, 2014 9:37 PM CST
I don't know if you want to go to this expense but a Portable Home Steam Humidifier. You can find them on Ebay for as little as 9.00, drug stores for 25.00 - 40.00 and Thrift stores for as little as 5.00.

Vicks puts out a lot of them in different price range. You would not have to worry about misting and you are guaranteed to not lose them.

I use them for the couple of orchids I have and the plants I know I will lose over the winter. I have a plant stand and I draped it with plastic shower curtain and turn the mister on for a couple hours a day. I do have a different goal though.. I just try to keep most of my plants alive through the winter because I really just want them to look good in the summer on the patio. It is not for display in the house.

http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/walgreens-warm-steam-vapori...
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fiat
Sep 2, 2014 11:56 AM CST
Hi Cinta, Thanks for the humidifier idea. But I am experimenting this one with the water gel beads setting hoping to eliminate the possible bug issue. Will report back.
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skylark
Sep 6, 2014 7:10 PM CST
the main thing about ivy - it likes to stay cool - like 55F nite, 65F day. if you can't provide that - you'll have all kinds of problems, mites being the major, then scales, then ...drying up..then shedding leaves...then caput Sad
#2 - it needs very bright light - with some cool sun for a few hours.
#3 - it needs to stay evenly moist.
think ireland - the land of ivy.... cool mists, fogs, drizzle and few frosts.

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