Ivy Topiary - Knowledgebase Question

Washington, DC
Question by cbreining
July 24, 2007
I have two topiaries that have completely dried out - I cut all the ivy back and it is now showing new growth. How much water? Should they be outside? It?s office light. I inherited the two from an apartment dweller who gave up trying to save them (I think they were over watered and too little light) what do I do to try and get them back to lush ivy. They are maybe 8 inches high from bottom of pot to top of ball frame.
Thanks for your help.

Answer from NGA
July 24, 2007


Ivy or Hedera helix does best in bright but indirect light. Water thoroughly when the soil begins to dry but before the plant wilts. (Do not keep it sopping wet/saturated. This plant tolerates some drying between waterings.) Fertilize weekly with a water soluble fertilizer such as 10-10-10 plus minors per the label directions.

Sometimes this plant will be infested with spider mites and that causes it to seem to dry up. If you find fine webbing on the plant, that is a sign of spider mites. They can be rinsed off with a spray of water, or you can use commercially formulated insecticidal soap. Read and carefully follow the label directions to apply and reapply. High humidity can also help keep spider mites at bay.

Keep pinching back or trimming regularly to keep it dense and in its topiary shape. Good luck with your new plants!

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