IVY plant - Knowledgebase Question

Orinda, Ca
Question by bobresidence
July 25, 2009
I have an old Ivy plant on my back yard. This plant is crawling an wooden post which is very tall. The top portion and middle portion of this ivy plant looks bald and it does not have very many leaves. But the bottom of tthe plant looks okay. Do you know why the leves are not growing on the top or in the miidle? Do you have an solutions? Thank you.

Answer from NGA
July 25, 2009


Evergreen plants such as ivy will keep their leaves for 2-3 years but then as the leaves age they are shed. The best way to keep ivy looking lush, thick and green is to regularly prune it back. Your ivy may need to be cut back in order to encourage new growth. If you prune it back now it will quickly recover and send up healthy new growth along the wooden post. Enjoy your garden!

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