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Hello my ivy's have been sheading a lot of leaves what I mean is a lot of them are turning yellow. I have about 8 of them.They are put outside when was warm and I brought them in when it got cold,but here lately they are looking like it's nothing but long stems and not a lot of  leaves.Is it something I can do?

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Cathy,

Yellow leaves are generally caused by too little sun or too much or too little water. If the plant frequently feels light weight that indicates it is dry and needs water. At this point in time hopefully you can keep it outside and it will get plenty of light. If it sits in a large tray full of water constantly the roots will rot then the plant cannot take up water and the leaves turn yellow. Water them then an hour later empty the drain trays or replace large drain trays with smaller shallow ones that can't hold water for too long.

When you have the light and water doing better you can cut the plants back to within one or two inches of the soil and the healthy roots will send out a lot of new shoots thengrow with lots of leaves. When ever they get up to about  8 inches long trim them back to 4-6 invhes and each vine will get 2 side shoots and the plant will look even bushier. Then let the plant grow another 8 inches and prune again. It is better to keep the plant vines no longer than 20- 24 inches long and it has a better chance of staying nice and bushy. Also fertilize with a water soluable fertilizer at least once a month. Good luck!

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Darlene K. Kittle

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I have been an Advanced Master Gardener for 24 years and I raise around 300 houseplants and bonsai trees a year including tropicals, succulents, and cacti. I have also been a professional plant care person for businesses in the Fort Wayne, IN area and currently professionally care for bonsai trees for my customers.

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I am also studying the Japanese art of bonsai with tropical plants and is President of the Fort Wayne, IN Bonsai Club.

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Fort Wayne, iN Master Gardeners. President of the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club. Allen County Master Gardeners

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I am not a hortculturist. I am a Purdue University Advanced Master Gardener for 24 years. I have studied plants on a personal level by growing hundreds of plants annually for the last 35 years. I have also studied under several nationally known American Bonsai experts.

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