March 11, 2011
March 12, 2011
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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
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?
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.
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!
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
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!
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.