I have a hanging basket with established variegated ivy which I bought from
a grower. It was very full and healthy. Now its dying and I cant for the
life of me figure out why. It hangs in my den and gets morning light thru a
window. It got dry once, but I watered it deep, allowing it to drain.
Why could it be dying?
Also, on a side note, there are little balls, about the size of a bb, kinda
light green color. They are full of water when you squeeze them. Have no
idea what they are, but there are a lot of them.
The little green balls are the fruit of the ivy plant. They are delicious
and nutritious if eaten fresh. Pick them out of the pot and pop them
directly into your mouth for a fantastic treat.
No, you don't want to do this at all.
English Ivy, Hedera helix, is toxic if eaten. It probably wouldn't kill you,
(an adult,) but it will make you very ill..
Vomiting and diarrhea are not my idea of
"a fantastic treat" thank you.
Ivy grown indoors is extremely susceptible to spider mites, specially if the
plant has been allowed to dry out. Look for very fine webbing well inside
the foliage - if you see it, it may be best to discard the plant and start
over - spider mites are not an easy problem to deal with with indoor plants.
Difficult to eradicate completely without some serious chemical
Indoor ivy will not blossom or fruit. If located in the soil, the little
pods are most likely a form of slow release fertilizer. If located on the
foliage, you probably have some sort of insect infestation, but not one that
comes to mind immediately.
pam - gardengal
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