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Anonymous on
March 17, 2011

Q. What Kind of Light for Ivy to Grow

What kind of light is needed for ivy to grow up a trellis?

Answered by
Nikki on
March 18, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

It should climb up the trellis regardless of light. You may want to try tying it to the trellis initially to encourage it to climb.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 12, 2011

Q. Ivy Plant

I have white stuff starting to grow on the leaves of my big ivy. Can you tell me what this might be and how to get rid of it?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 12, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

Sounds like you may have a problem with mealy bugs. Here is an article that you may find helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/mealybugs-white-residue-on-plants-leaves.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 15, 2011

Q. Ferns and Ivy Plants Don’t Last

My ferns and ivy plants dry up and die within a month or two. I water them once a week and mist them also. Do these need a lot of watering? Do they need a lot of sunshine too? I had them in indirect light and kept cool. Though there’s just one vine still thriving and I’ve been watering it ever since the rest of the plant died, is there a chance it will regrow if I clear out the dead part of the plant? Why would one vine still survive? Is this an indication of root problems?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 16, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

Ivy needs light, but ferns typically do ok in lower light. It may be a watering issue. If they were in indirect light, you may be over watering them. Check the soil before watering. The remaining ivy will regrow leaves and new branches if you clear out the dead material.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 20, 2011

Q. Worms Killing Ground Cover

I have a small flower bed, completely surrounded by cement. I’ve had an ivy ground cover for over ten years in this bed and never had any problems. This spring I heard something in the flower bed and found large black worms. They have killed off all of the ivy. How do I get rid of them and prevent them from coming back? I also have another type of ground cover in this same bed that has not been affected at all!

Answered by
Nikki on
May 21, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

I am not sure what kind of worm that is, but if you send a picture, we can try to identify it. To tell the truth, ivy is nearly impossible to kill, so it is unusual that they are able to.

Regardless, I would recommend trying neem oil. It is effective against bugs that suck or chew on plants, which it sounds like they are doing. Here is more information on neem oil: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/pesticides/neem-oil-uses.htm

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Asked by
miller sandra on
May 25, 2011
Hot Springs Ar. 71913

Q. Ivy

Lost our ivy in tornado, which was grown as a privicy space for 30 yrs. It’s thick in the ground, but the trellis supports for carport were destroyed as well as the carport. Do you have any ideas as to what I can use for it to start back? The ivy was a great sun block/privicy. We bought this place 5 yrs ago. We will be using 4 x 4’s for the support now (the vines were so big that two of them are still standing like little trees). HELP!

Answered by
TheLou on
May 26, 2011
A.

Prune them and they will grow. Leave them alone and they'll grow. Ivy just likes to grow...and grow...and grow. Time is the only key. A living fence of ivy will take years to flesh out unless it's Boston ivy, which will grow sometimes 20 feet in a year. You can interplant Boston ivy with the evergreen varieties. Boston will die back to the branch in the fall and looks dead, but leave it be and it'll come back in the spring.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 30, 2011

Q. Pet Safe Weed Killer That Won’t Kill Grass

How can I kill ground ivy in my lawn in a pet safe manner without killing my lawn?

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