Over- Watered Swedish Ivy-Why Most House Plants Die!

Hi Judy

I am doing a great job of killing this plant. Can’t figure out what I am doing wrong because I don’t know what type of plant this is. Please help.

Hi Meghann,

Your plant looks like a variegated Swedish Ivy (sometimes called Creeping Charlie)  but if you could email a closeup of an entire leaf, I could be more certain. This is what a variegated Swedish Ivy plant looks like. What do you think?

Green and white Swedish Ivy
Variegated Swedish Ivy (picture from National Gardening Ass.)

You appear to be over-watering your plant (whatever it turns out to be) and killing the roots. Most plants, especially small ones like yours, should be in a pot only an inch or two larger than the root ball. There must be drip holes in the bottom of the pot so excess water can drain out and the plant pot should never sit in water. If the plant roots are constantly wet, they disintegrate and can no longer supply the plant with water and nutrients from the soil. Also excess water displaces the oxygen in the soil that a plant needs. You can read all my care tips for a Swedish Ivy inthe Popular Houseplant section of the website. The picture is of the solid green variety but the careis practically the same. The only difference is that yours requires a bit more bright indirect light to maintain the variegation in the leaves.