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Questions About Ice Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
May 16, 2011

Q. Grass Weeds Overtaking Ice Plant

I have a grassy weed that is beginning to take over my Ice plant bank. It is going to seed as we speak. The heads look like a + sign when they go to seed. I cannot pull it fast enough to prevent it. Is there anything I can spray on it to kill it, but not my Ice plant? One person I talked to called it Gramble Grass.

Answered by
Nikki on
May 16, 2011
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Asked by
darla on
August 30, 2012

Q. Why has the ice plant I put on my bank last year stopped blooming?

The plant seems to be thriving and spreading. The blooms are sparce, and in some non- existent.

Answered by
Nikki on
August 31, 2012
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If they are having difficulty blooming, the soil could be lacking phosphorus, which is responsible for flowering. Adding a phosphorus rich fertilizer or bone meal to the soil should help with this.

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Asked by
richcr44 on
May 5, 2014

Q. coopers ice plant

Planted these in early fall and have yet shown any green or life. I am in zone 5, central New York, which had a very hard winter. Should there be some green showing by now? My hostas just popped up in the last few days.

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Answered by
theficuswrangler on
May 6, 2014
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All over the country greenery is late in arriving, or not arriving at all. While there's a good chance that your ice plant, being newly planted in the fall, did not make it through the winter, it still might show up, especially if it was well mulched. FYI, here's an article on ice plant: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/ice-plant/growing-hardy-ice-plant.htm

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Asked by
hbaba5555 on
July 22, 2014

Q. ice plant with burn marks in some areas

I have ice plant and I live in a hot area (90-100 degrees). I have noticed burn marks in some areas of the plant. I water evenly about every other day. It is a hot area the sun hits all of the plant for the same amount of time most of the day.

Answered by
theficuswrangler on
July 22, 2014
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Why don't you try cutting the water; try every 3 or 4 days. These plants don't like too much moisture. Here's more infohttps://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/ice-plant/growing-hardy-ice-plant.htm:

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Asked by
Carmen40 on
February 11, 2015

Q. ice plants

I planted Ice plants about 2 years ago. First year did great – the blooms were beautiful and you guys are right, very little to no maintenance. Well, going on its third year, two sections have gotten this strange brown color and I thought it would go away. No!!! It spread, so I dug out those sections. And I haven’t gotten any blooms since the first few months of planting it two years ago. I love this plant and want it to thrive. Any suggestions? Thank you!

Answered by
maryhdyer on
February 12, 2015
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It sounds like your plants may have picked up a disease, probably related to excess moisture. The disease may be remaining in the soil. This article should help:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/ice-plant/growing-hardy-ice-plant.htm

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Asked by
diane Johnson on
February 23, 2015

Q. should ice plants be cut back in the winter

I lost 4 out of 6 plants last winter and there was a lot of dead areas in the plants that survived. I was afraid to cut this area out because there appeared to be healthy growth toward the plant ends.

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theficuswrangler on
February 23, 2015
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Ice plants are considered quite hardy, and no one seems to fuss over them that much. I would cut out the browned areas. You want to see new growth from the roots, not at the end of the branches. This article has more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/ice-plant/growing-hardy-ice-plant.htm

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Asked by
suewthompson on
March 22, 2015
Arizona

Q. Leaves are yellowish-green on an ice plant

My newly landscaped yard has a small ice plant (pink) in a pot on the patio on the north side of our home. The leaves are a yellowish green. Does it maybe need a bit of fertilizer? MiracleGro maybe?

Arizona

Answered by
shelley on
March 22, 2015
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Are all the leaves yellowish green or just the older leaves? Ice plants prefer full sun and do not tolerate wet soil, so be sure those basic requirements are being met. Yellowing leaves could be a sign that the plant is being over-watered. If the soil is damp to the touch you may want to consider re-potting your plant and inspecting it for signs of root rot as you do so. Ice plants also need little to no fertilizing.

For more information on the care of ice plants, please visit the following link:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/ice-plant/growing-hardy-ice-plant.htm

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