Dried out ivy

Apr 25, 2020
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United Kingdom
Hi! We bought an ivy plant 2 years ago. It seems to flourish in bright conditions and has always been near a window.

However, over the last few weeks, the leaves have started to dry out. We originally thought it was a water problem so gave it a little more water but it stayed the same.

However, new stems have sprouted and you can see the leaves are healthy and green. The others have become crunchy and some have fallen off by themselves.

We also noticed some roots were visible from the soil surface and were dried out and brittle. We don't think it is an over watering or underwatering problem.

The other plants in a similar area to the ivy (aloe vera and snake plant) are thriving. We are wondering if it is due to the fact that we may leave a nearby door open so it has a draught? Do we need to cut off the sections when they get to long?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Best wishes and stay safe!

Adrien and Deana


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Feb 21, 2020
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United States
The best way to know what is going on with your plant is hold your hand over the soil, tip the plant out of the pot gently and take a look at the root system. If its too wet then reduce the water, if the root ball is too dry after a watering the last 4 days, then its time to up pot into a 2 inch larger pot. Don't put it in too large of a container because it will hold too much water, so only 2 inches increase in size. The limbs that look very dry, you can use your finger nail and scratch the stem and see it you still have green. If no green then snip them off, or if you want to you can just cut them off.

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