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Q.winter hanging basket

Zone Lancashire | Anonymous added on February 23, 2019 | Answered
I have a large ivy in a hanging basket . It’s looking a little wind swept and has some dead leaves.
I do water when the pot feels light. But have never fed. 
Q-What feed do I give and how much and when???? 
Q- how to prune with our loosing the length . 
Thank You 
PS I love in the North West and the area at the front of my house is east, Sun in the mornings.
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Answered on February 25, 2019

First, check the plant for spider mites or other pests to make sure they aren't responsible for plant problems. If you are up for it, this may be a great opportunity to start over with ivy cuttings. Ivy roots easily. (Older vines are thicker and tend to have fewer leaves.) Potting mix breaks down over time and plants need repotting every 2-3 years or when you notice they aren't thriving anymore. If you slide the plant out, you may see a mass of roots and very little potting soil. Nothing will do well in that environment, fertilized or not. If you cut a straggly ivy vine back to soil level, new vines will emerge. Try top dressing or mixing in some compost into the potting mix. Ivy is not a heavy feeder. I fear normal plant fertilizer will encourage leggy or excessive growth. If you feel it is necessary, use it half strength and choose one with more nitrogen than potassium and potash. I'm attaching a link to an article that discusses how to care for ivy and take cuttings. Notice that the writer mentions cultivars with more petite leaves. These may do better over time in containers. https://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/newsletters/hortupdate/hortupdate_archives/2001/jan01/art11jan.html

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