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What to do when Ivy plant leaves turn yellow & fall off

The leaves of ivy plants can turn yellow and brown for reasons within or beyond your control. Here are the most common causes and steps you can take to make the foliage of the ivy plant look green and healthy again.

Underwatering or overwatering is bad for Ivy plants

Improper watering is usually the main culprit when yellow or brown leaves start to develop on Ivy plants. As plants that originate from temperate regions like north-west Africa, ivy plants don’t require frequent watering. Soil that’s constantly soggy could cause yellow leaves to develop. How often you water the ivy plant will depend on factors such as whether you are growing it indoors or outdoors and the general humidity, temperature, and light intensity.

While Ivy plants don’t require frequent watering, underwatering may cause ivy plants to develop yellow leaves as it may cause interference to the chlorophyll (the pigment that gives leaves their green color) and, in turn, start the discoloration process.

As a general rule of thumb, it should be okay to water ivy plants once every two weeks. Adjust the watering accordingly as the season changes.

Proper drainage of water from soil

You won’t be able to properly gauge the frequency of watering the ivy plant needs if it is being grown in soil that doesn’t drain well. Compacted soil can cause a number of issues for ivy plants such as preventing root growth, reducing nutrient absorption, and preventing oxygen absorption. All of this can cause leaves to turn yellow and fall off. you will know if the soil is waterlogged by creating a tiny hole on the soil surface and filling it with water. If the water hasn’t drained after a few hours then you are dealing with clogged soil problems.

To stop more leaves from turning yellow, you will most likely need to transplant the ivy plant into soil that drains well. One way of doing this is by mixing the soil with material like perlite, compost, and shredded leaves.

Excessive sunlight or lack of sunlight

Yellow leaves can also form on ivy plants due to changes in sunlight conditions. Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, for example, can harm plants because it can result in sunburn and the scorching of leaves. Lack of sunlight could have the same negative effect on ivy plants as it would result in the leaves not getting enough light to drive photosynthesis. Lack of energy would then cause the leaves to wilt and gradually become discolored.

Try to position the ivy plant or provide it enough cover or exposure so that it receives an optimal amount of sunlight, which is about eight hours of sunlight per day.

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