Brown, Dying Leaves On Topiary Plant - Knowledgebase Question

Philadelphia, PA
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Question by gould4
April 2, 2001
My boyfriend bought me a topiary plant for the winter holidays. It was doing alright at first, but not it is almost dead. Can you give me tips to bring it back to life? How often should I water it? How much sun does it need? Should I let it sit outside sometimes when the weather gets nice? Please help!

Answer from NGA
April 2, 2001
Unfortunately, without knowing what type of plant it is, it is hard to answer your question. If it is an English ivy, you would need to keep the soil evenly moist but not sopping wet, the plant would need bright light. Browning foliage could be caused by too little water or too much water, by proximitiy to a hot draft from a heat vent, or from overfertilizing. It could also be caused by spider mites, which would also leave little webs on the undersides of the leaves. If you find these, remove all the brown foliage, then use an insecticidal soap according to the label instructions.

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