Houseplants forum: Ivy Dying

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Jan 31, 2018 6:52 AM CST
I purchased an ivy about a month ago, it is only small. In the past week i have noticed it looking less and less healthy. the leaves have started to dry and go limp and some have taken on a green/brown shade however the leaves closest to the center of the plant are still green. I only water it twice a week with a spray bottle and it seemed to be doing well until now. After noticing it looking a bit sad i decided to re-pot it in a nutrient rich fertilizer mixed with the original potting mix. The soil is moist, not soaking. I usually leave it in a high area near the air conditioning duct (its evaporative so the air isn't dry). due to it being summer and in typical Australian fashion the sun dries out plants extremely fast with 35+ temperatures every day, I take it outside once every day for about 4 hours, usually in the late afternoon when the heat dies down but there is ample sun exposure. Does anyone know what is going wrong?
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Name: Gene Staver
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Jan 31, 2018 10:05 AM CST
Guesses only. Looks like a plant that did not get watered. I doubt it appreciates getting much sun especially when it is hot out. Have you checked for spider mites? Gene
Name: tarev
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Jan 31, 2018 10:29 AM CST
Hello AwesomeSource, we have similar conditions during Summer time here. That plant actually grows like a weed here, one of the hardest to kill, grows wild outdoors, and I notice it is thriving on the shady side, under the protection of the tree canopy. I would increase watering of the plant, but if you can, position it in the shadiest side outdoors. It likes feeling warmth and morning sun, but got to be protected from the more drying afternoon sun.

Just trim off the dried out leaves, it should still make new growth, but it may have to wait a bit till your temps goes below 30C. Most plants here do slow down big time when we start hitting 90F (32C) since by then it is too hot and too dry, with no rain for about 3 to 4 months. So you have to increase your watering a bit more when temps are soaring, just make sure your media will drain very well.
Name: Will Creed
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Jan 31, 2018 12:30 PM CST
Lots of things wrong and that is why it looks as it does.

You can't water properly with a spray bottle because the water never penetrates deep enough into the root zone. The dead, dry leaves are mostly a result of roots dying due to lack of moisture. The symptoms of drought do not always show up right away.

Ailing plants are not helped by more nutrients either via fertilizer or new soil. Disturbing the roots has added to the stress.

You mentioned leaving it high up. If it is close to or above the top of the window, then it will not get enough light. Hedera Ivies are not low light plants. On the other hand, moving it outside where the light is many more times intense than indoors is going too far to the other extreme unless it is in shade at all times when outdoors.

Hedera Ivies like a consistent environment where the indoor light is moderately bright or shaded if outdoors. But don't move it back and forth. The roots are very sensitive to both under and over watering. When properly potted, it is best to water thoroughly as soon as the top half-inch of soil is dry. It does best in cooler temps below 24 degrees C.

Yours is in poor condition and it will require a lot of patience on your part to get back to thriving again. Good luck with it.
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Jan 31, 2018 6:10 PM CST
My guess is that it was caused by a combination of underwatering and exposure to the ample sun that you described. I'd do what tarev suggested, cutting all the brown and dried out stems, keep it somewhere shady, keep the soil moist and hope it will start some new growth from the green that remains in the centre.
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