Ivy - is it worth saving?

KatOrrApril 8, 2013


I have an ivy plant that we have been trying to shape into a robust, healthy plant, to no avail.

It is in a hanging pot in a North facing bay window, with east and west light during the day. The main problem with this plant is that there are very few actual ivy shoots (tendrils?) coming out of the pot. These tendrils are long and do have quite a lot of leaves, but they feel kind of dry/crisp to the touch - not soft and deep green like I feel they should be.

I want my ivy to be more robust up at the top/by the soil, not as lanky. I think that I definitely need to water it more which will help with the feeling of the leaves, but it won't change the shape of the plant.

I'm wondering if I cut my plant back significantly, and perhaps root new tendrils from the cut back content and replant these in the pot, will I be able to create a robust plant? I don't care so much about having a very long ivy plant as I do having one that looks really healthy, green and beautiful :)

Please, send your recommendations my way!


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Here is another picture of the full plant.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 10:54PM
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I would definitely cut it back and try to re-pot the cuttings but not necessarily in the same pot. Once you cut it back it should start a lot of new growth. Continue to cut back everything that reaches a certain length and it should thicken up.

Also, you may want to check for mites, I always get those little butters in my ivy and they do a lot of damage.

As well, once its warm enough outside move it out there and you should see a big increase in growth.


    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 9:44AM
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teengardener1888(NY Albany 5a)

i would cut back. inspect for spider mites, they are a major nuisance with this plant

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 10:00AM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

I think it looks fantastic! Vines don't usually branch out much unless encouraged to do so by cutting the existing tips. They are in search of something to climb.

Maybe you could put another upright plant in the pot also, to achieve a fuller look.

Tendrils are curly little things that grow along the stems of some vines and wrap around anything they can grab. Ivy has aerial roots instead of tendrils. The pieces of the vine are called shoots or stems, or just vines.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 10:14AM
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i have the same type of ivy. but i only keep it indoors over winter. and it gets very ratty by april and drops most of its leaves: mostly from mites damage. it looks now very similar to yours.i shower it and mist it and lay systemic insectiside on it , it just barely survives. once i put it outside - it completely recovers and gets very bushy. it likes being cool and moist, not hot and dry. one year i had extreme mite damage + it dried up in the western window when i was away - had just long branches left. but it completely regrew and recovered outside come spring/summer. it really needs to be outside. it's not an indoor plant. it is not very easy to root it from cuttings either - best to do it during summer.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 8:33PM
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