Ivy Plants

Variegated Large Leaf Ivy Plant in a Container

tia added on July 18, 2012 | Answered

I have a variegated, large leaf ivy plant in a container and for years some microscopic insect is eating the leaves. What do you suggest I do?

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Answered on July 19, 2012

If this is a continual issue year after year, then you may want to repot the plant with fresh soil. Also, hose down the plant and then treat it with neem oil, which is both a safe and effective insecticide and fungicide.

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Answered on July 19, 2012

I would like to have a little more info, such as is the pot outside or inside? Why do you think the bug is microscopic? If you can't see them, how do you know there are bugs? A picture might provide more info, but going with what's here, new soil and/or neem oil is certainly a good start. You could also sprinkle diatomacious earth on the top of the soil, in case you have slugs or snails sneaking in at night - if the plant is outside; or you could have something flying in to dine on ivy leaves, then flying away, again if it's outside. If it's inside, I really would like to see a picture, because there aren't really any leaf-eaters among the pests of indoor plants, especially on such a long term basis,

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