How Do I Save My Ivy Plant?

Overview

Ivy plants are often chosen because they are tolerant of typical conditions inside of a house. Despite their hardiness as indoor plants, sometimes they need special attention to help them thrive. Reviving a struggling ivy plant isn't especially difficult.

Is the Soil Too Dry?

Step 1

Water the plant at the soil level until the entire surface is wet and the water drains out of the pot bottom.

Step 2

Place the ivy plants onto a tray of wet pebbles to raise the humidity level.

Step 3

Filter the light. Use a curtain on a southern or western facing window or move the ivy plant to a northern or eastern window. Move the ivy so it is 6 to 10 inches from a fluorescent bulb.

Step 4

Add a heavier soil to retain more water. Mix one part topsoil, one part sphagnum peat moss and one part perlite.

Step 5

Repot the plant into a pot that is slightly larger than the previous pot when the plant is top-heavy, root-bound or remains too dry.

Is the Ivy Plant Too Wet?

Step 1

Replace the soil with a soil-less potting mix that will drain well.

Step 2

Test the soil before watering it by touching it with a finger.

Step 3

Water only if the soil does not feel wet.

Does the Ivy Plant have Insects or Disease?

Step 1

Examine the ivy plant for yellowing, browning, specks, waxy mounds or honeydew on foliage.

Step 2

Wash the plant periodically to remove dirt, dust and insects. Use 1 gallon of water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid. If there are yellow specks on the plant, wash three times per week, as this indicates the presence of mites. Rinse the plant after washing.

Step 3

Remove dead leaves from the plant regularly. Remove any infected areas from the plant if there is honeydew on the foliage. This indicates aphids are present.

Step 4

Apply miticide if there are yellow specks or webs on the plant. This indicates a mite infestation.

Step 5

Wipe leaves with 70 percent alcohol and rinse if there are brown, waxy mounds on the leaves, smooth oval specks or white cotton-like mounds. The brown, waxy mounds indicate scale, and the smooth, oval specks or white cotton-like mounds indicate mealy bugs.

Tips and Warnings

  • Always follow the manufacturer's instructions on fertilizer or insecticide (miticide). Do not apply insecticide in the kitchen or on a surface where food is prepared.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Tray
  • Pebbles
  • Soil-less mix
  • Topsoil
  • Sphagnum peat moss
  • Perlite
  • Pot
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • 70 percent alcohol
  • Miticide

References

  • American Ivy Society: The Care of Ivies
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About this Author

Carla Locke is based in Oberlin, Ohio, and has been writing since 1998. Her writing career began in technical writing and has expanded into Web content. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science in biology and an Associate of Applied Business in e-business technology.