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jante
Jun 12, 2020 7:58 AM CST
Hi,

My silver devil's ivy plant has a bunch of problems going on :((( I'm guessing that it's sick. I woke up this morning and took a closer look at my plant while eating breakfast and holy cow, how did I miss all of this??

There's like 3 different types of problems
1. Yellowing of leaves (I feel like this generally happens but not this much)
2. Some weird, almost "moldy" looking spots
3. Some almost looking biting spots

More information
- I've had this plant for 6 years and this has never happened
- I haven't moved it and it sits near a window
- Soil is moist, but not saturated
- Haven't fertilized it all
- I live in a basement apartment
- There's still new growth happening
- There is ANOTHER plant close by experiencing the same symptoms

Thank you so so much!! I'm really desperate for some help :(
JM

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Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
Jun 12, 2020 12:29 PM CST
This is what tends to happen with vining plants that are allowed to grow unchecked without periodic trimming back. The available light determines how many total eaves the plant can support. When it reaches that maximum, it then starts to sacrifice some of the older leaves so it can continue to push out new ones at the ends of each one. Left untrimmed, in time the plant will have very long bare stringy vines with lots of leaves but only at the ends of each vine.

This growth habit does not mean the plant is unhealthy, although improper watering can aggravate the leaf loss. You have had yours for a long time, so there is nothing to suggest that it has been watered improperly.

Any stem or vine can be shortened to any length. New growth will then emerge on that shortened vine starting where you make the pruning cut and continue growing from there. Pruning some vines does not harm the plant, but it is a way to eliminate some of the bareness and to promote new growth closer to the pot.

When leaves die back they discolor in irregular patterns that may mimic pests or diseases but I don't see any evidence of either on your plant.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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Contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
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New Haven, CT
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jante
Jun 12, 2020 12:55 PM CST
Thanks so much for the reply, Will Big Grin
I didn't think it was disease/insect related but I always gotta check since those things get out of hand quickly.
I'm going to learn how to prune vines now Hilarious!
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
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WillC
Jun 12, 2020 12:59 PM CST
Always good to check ahead rather than wait until its too late. Pruning is very rewarding once you have done it and discovered how you can control the overall growth and appearance of your plant. Enjoy!
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at wcreed@HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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