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#122070 Sep 1st, 2007 at 10:30 AM
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This has probably been asked before:
I have an ivy that I have fought with for a year now. I have tried fertilizer, less water, more water, less light, more light, etc. I finally thought I was speaking it's language because it began showing new growth. The new growth, however, turns black and shrivels up. The first time, I cut it off and thought it might have needed more water. The next time, I kept it moist but the new growth did the same thing. Any advice?


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do you know what kind of ivy it is? Or do you have a picture of the shrivel?

Ivys enjoy a nice cool shower every now and again. You can hang it in your shower and give it a sprinkle of cool water.


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I think it is just an English Ivy. I will try to get a pic.


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Plants react slowly to environmental changes. Maybe you are changing too many things too quickly. Find it a place where it gets a bit of sun and some bright daylight, like an east or west window. Have it in a pot that drains and don't let it sit in the water that comes through. Water it when the soil is dry down to your second knuckle, ~1 1/2 to 2 inches. This will probably be once every 1 or 2 weeks, and will change with air temp, humidity, when the heat comes on in the winter. You're not locked into a schedule. Don't fertilize. Let it do the rest. We're coming into fall; it's not going to be putting out lots of new growth. Some, but not a lot. Don't think of yourself as fighting with it. It wants to live and grow, too. You're helping it to do that in an unnatural environment, a pot in your house. Good luck and keep us posted!


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Hedera (English) ivy does best in bright indirect light. Assuming it is in an appropriate sized pot, let the soil dry out an inch or so between waterings.

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I agree with the lighting and watering recommended by Margaret. I just got my first Hedera, but I am running into a problem with the leaves wilting and drying out (which sounds like the same problem initially posed). Any advice ??

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i've been watering mine from below - i set it into a container and fill with water and let it be drawn up into the pot the ivy is in. i add additional water and let it sit again (it takes a while for the water to be absorbed into the soil). when the top of the soil is just feeling soft/a little moist is when i take the pot out of the water and let any excess water drain off. i let it get very dry before i water again. it's been doing very well since i've been watering it like this.

it's in a west-facing window that has a thick shear curtain so, altho it gets very bright light it's not in direct sun.

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