Ivy Leaves Brown and Dying - Knowledgebase Question

Montgomery, MA
Question by moniski
December 27, 1997
My ivy plants are "going brown!" Whole leaves are drying up, dying and getting scraggly. There is a little new growth. What can I do?


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Answer from NGA
December 27, 1997

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Ivy likes to be in bright conditions during the winter, but it doesn't like the dryness caused by heating our homes. Therefore, it is important that you mist the leaves and wash them occasionally. The plant should be watered sparingly during the winter, but don't let the soil dry out.

Remove any dead growth. While you are doing that, look for red spider mites that can also cause this kind of a problem. They may infest the underside of the leaves. The tops of the leaves are generally speckled and sometimes there is webbing present between the leaves and stems.

Red Spider Mite attacks can be prevented by daily misting, so the misting that you do for the health of the plant, may also help with the red spider mites.

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