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Old 05-15-09, 11:28 AM
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ivy dead and dying

Hi folks –

Been living in this house since 2002. Until about 1-2 years ago I had some real nice healthy ivy out in an area in the front of my house. It’s almost all dead now. Can’t figure out what happened? The ivy was full of leaves from some trees but I don’t remember seeing many leaves in the ivy patch in previous years. So I don’t know whether the leaves were the cause of the ivy dying. Could the leaves have choked it? I don’t remember having to clean leaves out of the ivy in the past? (Most of the leaves are from my neighbor’s trees).

http://i499.photobucket.com/albums/r...y/DSC00547.jpg

Could anyone tell from this picture what kind of ivy this is ? Would there be a way for me to re-grow this ivy in that area. I was thinking of buying a whole bunch of the same type small plants from a nursery and planting them spaced about a foot apart. Would that work or should I find out why it died in the first place? (Area is roughly 9’x 18’)

And if I were to try and replant would I need to dig everything up and buy some kind of organic soil?

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
 
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Old 05-15-09, 06:00 PM
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It's Hedera helix. There are 2 different types planted in the US and both are highly invasive. Here's their care.
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/MG358
http://www.thegardenhelper.com/growingivy.html

Algerian ivy
http://www.thegardenhelper.com/algerianivy.htm

English ivy.
http://www.invasive.org/species/subject.cfm?sub=3027

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Old 05-15-09, 07:51 PM
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Thanks Newt for identifying my stuff and pointing me in the right direction. Those are really good links. (It’s funny, one thing that caught my eye was the word Botrytis, an ivy disease reported in Florida. If I remember from my wine course days Botrytis in grapes is called “noble rot’ or something like that, which I think is good for some wine grapes. I think that’s correct, but I’m not sure. However I guess Botrytis is not so good for Ivy.)

I was really shocked to learn that there are over 400 cultivars of English Ivy. I would never have guessed that in a million years. Ashamed to say I never thought of sun vs. shade. – looks like full sun is not the best. Think I have much more sun than shade. And watering – that never even occurred to me. Oh well! Live and learn.

But looks like the links give me what I need. Thanks again.
 
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Zoesdad, you are so very welcome! I'm so glad you have rethought the ivy. So what can we come up with for that area?

And I think you are correct about the grapes. They are prone to many diseases.

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Old 05-16-09, 09:38 AM
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Newt I plan to do a little research, develop some choices, and then post back asking you and the folks what you think. This is an excellent forum.
 
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I'm so glad you like our forum! I'm sure others will chime in about your choices, but I will be away from this coming Wednesday to the following Tuesday. I won't have computer access, so if I don't respond you'll know why. I'll check in when I get back.

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Commercial man made fertilizers, even miracle grow, can harm and or kill ivy.
 
 

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