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Caring Ivy Topiaries

A debt of gratitude is in order for your incredible question. I cherish ivy, particularly topiaries. Ivy can be developed on such a large number of fun shapes and in the event that you take after these straightforward care necessities you’ll have the capacity to make the most of your new ivy topiaries for a long time to come.

In the first place ivy inclines toward splendid light or sifted sun. They additionally like cooler temperatures (60-75) and high dampness. In the late spring you can move your topiaries outside to a shady area. They will appreciate the mid year’s stickiness and invigorate themselves for another inside season.

Try not to permit your topiaries to dry out. It’s best to keep the dirt uniformly sodden. In the event that conceivable splash or fog the ivy trees with water a couple times each week. Rather than clouding, I get a kick out of the chance to put my ivies in the sink once every week and splash the leaves with warm water. This gives the plants a decent dousing, washes away any tidy or soil and keeps bugs away.

And speaking of pests lets talk about the dreaded spider mite, the bane of many ivy plants. Dry air and high temperatures create the perfect conditions for these insects. Spider mites are tiny, sap-sucking insects that infest the underside of the plant’s leaves. The top of the leaves will have yellow splotches and the leaves can fall prematurely. When the infestation is heavy you may see white webbing between the leaves and stems. If you suspect you have spider mites it is helpful to spray the leaves top and bottom with lukewarm water. After the leaves dry, spray with insecticidal soap, following the directions on the package. Be sure to wet all the leaves (especially the underside), leaf stems and vines. Spray only in a well-ventilated area and out of direct sun.

Now you already have your ivy topiaries growing, but if you would like to start your own topiary it’s easy to do. First find a shape that you like. There is no end it seems to the different shapes that are available. Check your local garden center or the internet. The size of the frame you have chosen will determine the size container you will need. They should be in proportion. Remember eventually the frame will be covered with ivy and heavier than when you first plant it, so make sure your container will be stable. Your container should also have a hole in the bottom for proper drainage. Now you are ready to plant. Using a good quality potting mix, plant a well-branched small-leaved ivy in the container. Then carefully insert the frame into the pot. Next, carefully pull the stems of the ivy plant through the frame so that they drape over the outside of the pot. Then distributing the stems evenly gently twist the ivy around the wires of the frame. It may be necessary in the beginning to use garden string or twist ties to hold the stems in place. As the ivy grows continue to train and twist the stems up the frame. In no time at all the frame will be covered and you’ll have created your very own topiary. As a side note, depending on the shape of your frame, it may be easier to plant several smaller ivy plants around the base of your frame, instead of one larger multi-branched ivy plant. These individual plants can be trained up the frame in the same way just discussed and eventually will look like one plant.

To maintain the shape of your established topiary, new growth can be woven into the wire frame or snipped off. Every year or two your topiary will probably need to be repotted. To do so simply remove the plant from its pot and gently loosen the rootball. Place the topiary in a container 1 to 2 inches larger, fill in with additional soil and water thoroughly.