A-When English ivy is stressed too much, usually from dryness in the soil and air along with high temperatures, stale atmosphere and possibly a lack of light, spider mites almost always invade.
The key to no mites is growing in conditions that favor the ivy, not the mites. Ivy does best in a moderate to cool range-40 to 72 degrees, with freely circulating fresh air. I mist or sprinkle my indoor ivies at least once a day in winter, often twice, morning and evening.
Stressed indoor ivies also may fall prey to brown scale and mealybugs. I think I needn`t explain further why it makes sense to go for a healthy plant rather than trying to patch up one that has fallen apart from neglect or mistreatment.
A-Yes, You will need to transfer the roots and soil to pots of about the same size as the hanging baskets. This doesn`t disturb the roots much and if you are careful, not many leaves will be broken.
Now you are ready to take each strand of ivy and wrap it gently around the wreath form, in and out, over and around. Secure strands as necessary with twist ties.
When potted, add a wreath form. This can be bought at a garden or crafts center, or fashioned from grape or bittersweet vines (if these are too dry to bend without breaking, soak first a few hours in a tub of water). Secure the wreath form upright in the pot by adding a bamboo stake on either side and applying twist ties.
Q-Every so often I can`t resist buying an English ivy wreath or animal topiary, but all too soon the tiny spider mites move in and destroy the plants. Is there a special secret to mite-free ivy?
It is also vital that the soil be kept evenly moist. If ivy soil dries out too much between waterings, the feeder roots will be burned and the plant will not be able to assimilate the nutrients needed to foster healthy growth and a long life.
English ivy adapts to a variety of lighting conditions, from quite low, about what might be needed to read, to nearly full. The lower the light, the less fertilizer and water will be needed, and vice versa. But avoid extremes so far as soil moisture is concerned-an ivy can be stressed from standing in water indefinitely the same as from not having enough.
ENGLISH IVY NEEDS MOISTURE-BUT NO STRESS, PLEASE Q-Every so often I can`t resist buying an English ivy wreath or animal topiary, but all too soon the tiny spider mites move in and destroy the