I’m looking for some guidance on a Boston Ivy. I’ve had it growing on a wall in Brooklyn. Its going into its 4th season. The first year it was great, and came back well in the second.
At the end of the second year, the foliage really didn’t turn red, and it all just sort of fell off the plant. The next spring, only one branch of the plant sprouted leaves, towards the bottom or base of the plant. That one did repopulate much of the area, but then again in the fall, the foliage didn’t turn red, but didn’t seem unhealthy. This spring, two thin branches are sprouting leaves, again towards the base of the plant and all the other branches were dead.
I did leave the old branches up because I liked the pattern they created. Just yesterday, I pulled down the third years growth, and made a cut of everything that was not viable as close to the bottom as possible.
Any thoughts on what’s going on? I love this vine and don’t want to lose it. It does sit behind tomato and cucumber plants… are they transporting a disease to it? Any guidance would be MUCH appreciated. Thanks!
It is hard to say what could be the problem without more information about the site and or symptoms. In general Boston Ivy is a tough plant although there are a few things that bother it. Take a look at these Boston Ivy disease factsheets from the Cornell Cooperative Extension; maybe one of these will match up with what you are seeing. You could also call or visit the Gardener’s Resource Center at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, as they might have a good idea of what typically effects Boston Ivy in the city.
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