Ask a Question forum: My ivy is sad and I'm concerned.

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Jan 1, 2017 7:26 AM CST

I'm looking to give my ivy some TLC. I've pulled up a few "healthy" green stems, on noticing more and more yellow or crisping leaves, and found that their roots have died.

I can see chalky-white clusters on the soil that's come up with the remaining roots. It's not cobwebby as you'd expect with root aphid, and perlite did come in my soil, so I've previously assumed it was just that. But my plant is not recovering.

Frankly, I'm not a huge pesticide fan. I'm even less of a pest fan. Short of throwing the poor thing out the window, as my pest-phobic side wants me to, I'm considering changing my potting soil, cutting the ivy high up the stem, and regrowing from those cuttings.

Is this as high-risk as it sounds? I've heard it's hard to recover a dying ivy. What would you recommend?
Name: Sue
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Jan 1, 2017 10:09 AM CST
Welcome! Can you tell us what kind of ivy it is? There are several different plants that have ivy as part of their common name and it makes a difference to the advice we might be able to give you. A picture of the problem would also help. You probably don't have anything to lose by trying to root cuttings but again it would be helpful to know the type of ivy.
Name: Sally
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Jan 1, 2017 10:11 AM CST
Hedera helix ivy, right? I always struggle with them indoors and haven't figured out any consistent reason why. I have plenty of other plants successful indoors.
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Name: Tom Cagle
SE-OH (Zone 6a)
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Jan 2, 2017 3:51 AM CST
A suddenly limp and dead plant is a symptom of drowning. Your soil should look like cactus or bonsai mix and the plant should not sit in a pan of water.
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