Houseplants forum: My ivy is losing leaves??

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Caliann
May 20, 2017 8:17 PM CST
My "pixie dixie" ivy has lost some leaves out of the middle of the plant and some of the leaves (from the center and outter edges) look like this now.. It's fairly new to me maybe 2 months? I've had no pest issues and it's always been inside
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Christine
May 23, 2017 7:23 AM CST
I have never had any luck growing Ivy indoors, I cant help with your issues, but are you aware the entire plant is poisonous? Be very careful handling it
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Hamwild
May 24, 2017 4:12 PM CST
That second picture looks like spider mites/spider mite damage to me. These are especially prone to spider mites.
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AlyssaBlue
May 26, 2017 11:47 AM CST
Agreed. I can see the spider mite pests on the leaves. I have banned any ivy from my house- and the other plants are better off because of it. The problem is that ivy is such a pretty decorative plant, you want to have them! But every one I've had, I lost to mites. I have over 60 indoor plants now and none are ivy. Sad but true.

I would make sure you keep it separate from other plants if you have them, so the mites cannot spread. I cannot recommend a treatment either, as I've always had to just discard the plant. Not many people win the battle. Blinking
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herrwood
May 26, 2017 3:10 PM CST
I look at the photo but see nothing what is it on the plant that tells you its spider mites the little white dots? So far have not had them but would like to know what to look for I have a few ivy plants but not that type the English ivy (Hedera helix)
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Hamwild
May 26, 2017 7:42 PM CST
The spots look more yellow to me (second picture). Spider mites suck the juices from plants and leave spotting behind. They also have webbing, so look for that.
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WillC
May 27, 2017 2:25 PM CST
The mottled appearance on any indoor plant leaves is a sure sign of a spider mite infestation, even in the absence of webs. Hedera ivies are usually small enough to treat the mites effectively in your kitchen sink. Fill it with water and a squirt of liquid dish soap. Then, invert the plant, holding it so it doesn't fall out of the pot and swirl all of the leaves and stems around in the solution for about 30 seconds. This guarantees complete coverage, which is key to effective treatment of spider mites.
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sallyg
May 29, 2017 6:29 AM CST
Ditto, all the comments so far. Exactly my experience.
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bifftwelve
Jun 1, 2017 10:58 AM CST
I had exactly the same problem a few years ago, and after weeks of trying to work out the problem, spider mites were indeed the problem. I could actually see them, if I looked really closely at the plant. Following advice, I washed it thoroughly under the shower with soapy water, and then a couple of times a week with water for a few weeks to disrupt the spider mite life cycle. The plant hasn't fully recovered to its original flourishing state even two years on - but it is healthy and stable.

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WillC
Jun 2, 2017 2:40 PM CST
Any leaf damage (mottling) will always remain. However, if you successfully eradicate the spider mites, then new growth will look healthy.
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