Ivy Plant Leaves Turning Brown and Crispy

Hi Judy,
This is my ivy, can you tell me why she is brown and dry. Its been like this since winter began, I’m wondering if it has to due with the cold air by the window.

Hi Shanny,

Green and white ivy plant with brown leaf edges.

Ivy Plant with Brown Leaves

There are several things that may be causing the problem.

Too Much Water: I know this is not usual for plants, but crispy leaves on an ivy plant indicate over-watering not under-watering. During the winter, when plants are “resting” and growing less, they require less water.

Ivy plants are poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants

Low Humidity: Ivy plants like medium to high humidity. Dry air in our homes, caused by our heating systems, can result in crispy leaf edges. The dry air also encourages spider mitesLearn how to identify and treat the plant pest called Spider Mites., a plant pest that sucks the color from the leaves.

I’d recommend allowing the plat to dry out a little more before watering; not feeding the plant until the spring; placing the plant on a wet pebble tray, and spraying the plant with my “ green solutionIf you don't want to use a commercial chemical product to treat plant pest problems try the “Green Solution.” This is a mixture of water, alcohol, biodegradable liquid soap, and mineral oil. Always test any spray on one or two leaves to be sure it won’t damage the plant. Depending upon how severe the infestation is, you can use these ingredients in varying proportions. If there are only a few pests, dip a Q-tip in alcohol and gently swab them off. For a more widespread problem, start by using a spray of warm water mixed with a few tablespoons of biodegradable soap. If that doesn’t cure the problem, make a solution using 8oz. water & 8oz. alcohol, add two tablespoons of biodegradable soap and two tablespoons of mineral oil. Spray all areas of the plant. Use this solution on leathery leafed plants (except palms), never on fuzzy leafed plants like African Violets or Begonias. For palms, omit the alcohol from the Green Solution. Never spray a plant that’s sitting in the sun or one with very dry soil.    .”

Here’s how to make a wet pebble tray: Use a shallow tray large enough for the plant to sit in. Add a 1-2″ layer of pebbles to the tray. Fill with water to just below the top of the pebbles. The plant should always sit on the pebbles and never in the water. The water evaporates creating higher humidity around the plant. Add water as it evaporates.

You can find the simple inexpensive way to make the “ green solutionIf you don't want to use a commercial chemical product to treat plant pest problems try the “Green Solution.” This is a mixture of water, alcohol, biodegradable liquid soap, and mineral oil. Always test any spray on one or two leaves to be sure it won’t damage the plant. Depending upon how severe the infestation is, you can use these ingredients in varying proportions. If there are only a few pests, dip a Q-tip in alcohol and gently swab them off. For a more widespread problem, start by using a spray of warm water mixed with a few tablespoons of biodegradable soap. If that doesn’t cure the problem, make a solution using 8oz. water & 8oz. alcohol, add two tablespoons of biodegradable soap and two tablespoons of mineral oil. Spray all areas of the plant. Use this solution on leathery leafed plants (except palms), never on fuzzy leafed plants like African Violets or Begonias. For palms, omit the alcohol from the Green Solution. Never spray a plant that’s sitting in the sun or one with very dry soil.    ” in the Glossary of the website. It’s good for all plant pests and plant diseases.

https://www.houseplant411.com/glossary/green-solution-for-plant-care

Ivy plants are poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Read more about common houseplants that are poisonous in Don’t Feed Me To Your Cat! A Guide to Poisonous Houseplants