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Oct 11, 2014 2:33 PM CST
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I've had this variegated ivy plant for almost 2 months now and about two weeks ago I started noticing small webs on the leaves. I figured it was spider mites so I've been misting the leaves everyday with water mixed with a few drops of soap, I had read that should work in getting rid of them. But I've also noticed some of the leaves quickly darkening in a few days and drying up. I don't know if it's the spider mites lack of water or too much. I thought it was lack so i removed the plant carefully from the pot and notice many roots and dry soil so I moved the soil a bit and sprayed it with water. I just wanted to know if this problem sounded familiar to anyone or if anyone has suggestions on what I can do to fix the issue. This is my first time having a plant. I keep the plant indoors I had a UV filtered lamp on the plant but recently stopped using it thinking it may be part of the issue. Please help me figure out whats wrong with my plant. I also posted some pictures to show what I'm talking about and some where the leaves look fine, thanks.
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Oct 11, 2014 4:10 PM CST
Name: Treehugger
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I'm no expert but my Ivy want to be watered and allowed to dry out before watering again. If the roots get too wet they literally drowned. Try letting the soil dry out and cut back all the foliage that looks wilted. After a few days of dry soil give a quick drink and do not let the soil stand in water. It may come back slowly. Also check for insects hiding under the foliage. Also this foliage prefers good light but no direct sun so next to a window would be better than lightening. Good luck.
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