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Questions About Ivy Plants

Asked by
Anonymous on
April 28, 2018

Q. Ivy clippings

Where on the plant are you supposed to clip it to root new plants? My mom has 1 and wants to give me clippings but we don’t want to hurt the plant by clipping in the wrong place.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
April 29, 2018
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This article explains how and where to cut the ivy stems:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/ivy/ivy-plant-propagation.htm

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Asked by
RAY JONES on
June 7, 2018
London, Ontario

Q. Roots causing drain problems

I had my drains cleaned today and the drainage was impeded by roots. It could be a 40+ year old Wall Ivy or a 40+ year old Yew Bush growing down to a depth of approx. 5-6 feet to the drain pipe. Which is likely to be the problem or could it be both please?
Ray

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
June 8, 2018
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While the root systems of different yews vary, many have deep, widespread roots that become dense.
An ivy plant has two types of roots. The subterranean roots extend into the soil, attaching the plant to the ground and absorbing water and nutrients from the soil. Clumps of adventitious or aerial roots are located at intervals along the climbing stems. The function of these roots is to attach the plant to a surface as it climbs.

Whether either of these two plants are the cause of your drain pipe issues, is beyond my expertise.

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Asked by
James Mooney on
July 18, 2018
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Q. How to rejuvenate old ivy ground cover

Have large part (about 4000 sq ft) of yard planted in Ivy ground cover, probably 45 years old (house built in ‘70s). Lotta old vines, but large patches with few leaves on bare stems. Old deciduous trees throughout, plus one large magnolia grandiflora and one large holly tree. How can I rejuvenate this ivy planting? Thinking about 10-10-10, but what other treatment might coax new growth out of those old stems?

Answered by
BushDoctor on
July 18, 2018
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The fertilizer would help, but it would really be beneficial to prune out any dead or bare vines. This will force new growth from those cut sites. Do this during the colder months, or at least when growth has slowed down.

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Asked by
CAliz on
July 18, 2018
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Q. What could have cut through the stems of my ivy?

I have ivy growing down a 6 foot slope, 30 feet wide. The ivy has been there for 50+ years with no problem. Recently it began to die back suddenly. I discovered the dying stems were cleanly cut, on the diagonal, as with sharp clippers, at the top of the slope where it is rooted.
I maintain the yard, and did not cut the ivy. My lawn service denies cutting it as well. They only use a weed-wacker along the top of the slope, to trim the ivy back from the lawn area. They\\\’ve done this for many, many years with no damage to the ivy. There\\\’s been no other workers doing any work in the area of this slope.
Could this have been caused by a pest of some kind? The stems are not chewed or bored, but appear cut very cleanly across on a diagonal.

Answered by
drtreelove on
July 18, 2018
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"the dying stems were cleanly cut, on the diagonal, as with sharp clippers" - I can't think of any pest that could do this. It must be someone with a sharp object. Is the weed whacker a string trimmer or is it bladed? An inexperienced or careless operator with a blade brush cutter could possibly make some out of control cuts. Any possibility of a kid slashing indiscriminately with a machete? Somebody trying out a new pruning shears without due regard to what they were cutting?

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Asked by
Anonymous on
July 19, 2018

Q. Ivy indoor plants

I purchased three ivy plants from local garden shop but when I replanted in pot for the living room display the leaves started turning yellow then they either fell off or dried up and fell off what I’m I doing wrong?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
July 19, 2018
A.

Yellowing leaves can indicate watering issues; too much or too little.
This article will help refresh yo on the care requirements.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/ivy/indoor-ivy-care.htm

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Asked by
oliverburke3 on
August 12, 2018
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Q. Is there any quick fix for getting rid of ivy

We have ivy growing up our neighbouring garden fence, the fence needs to be replaced but I don’t want to have the same problem with our new fence, is there any quick method of dealing with this problem, thanks

Answered by
drtreelove on
August 12, 2018
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From you brief description of a "neighboring garden fence" it is not clear if the ivy originates on your property or that of the neighbor.
If it is the neighbor's plants, then it depends on your relationship with the neighbor and communication about management of the issue. If no agreement to eradicate the ivy, then you are limited to cutting what is clearly invading across your property line, without harming the portion on the neighboring property.

If the plants are your property, then you have more options including digging it out and/or poisoning with a broad-leaf systemic herbicide with a good surfactant to cut through the waxy cuticle of the ivy leaf.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 8, 2018

Q. Type of ivy that could grow on a brick column in an indoor and outdoor environment?

We have a few questions that we need help with and we were hoping that you could help us. We are designing a multifamily building in Washington, D.C. and we would like in incorporate ivy into our design. We would like to plant the ivy on brick columns (4’x 20’) on the exterior courtyard and in the double height atrium. The only source of light that is in the atrium is indirect light. Here are the some questions we have:

1) Do you have any suggestion on the species/types of ivies that look like the Boston Ivy that would thrive/flourish in Washington, D.C. year round?
2) What type of ivies that will flourish but not affect the integrity of the brick and mortar?
3) What type of ivies that will flourish in an indoor environment?
4) What is the minimum and maximum soil depth and volume required per brick column (4’x 20’)?

Attached is a render photo of our atrium design. Could you please take a look and help us?

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
September 10, 2018
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