English Ivy looking dead

Asked May 2, 2014, 2:06 PM EDT

We have a brick wall of mature English Ivy. This past winter the bottom 3 feet of the ivy was impacted with ice and snow for almost 2 months. Since the snow and ice have melted, all of the ivy looks dead. There are a very few green leaves mixed in. Will the ivy recover or should we remove it and start over?

Dauphin County Pennsylvania

1 Response

Hello, and thanks for using the Ask an Expert System,

The symptoms you describe on your ivy are not uncommon this spring. The severity of the cold this winter has produced these symptoms on a lot of evergreens. The very low temperatures prevent movement of water in the plant, and wind dries the leaves to the point where the die. Your ivy should survive and produce new leaves as the weather warms.

Some parts of the vines may have died. Wait until after the living parts have greened up, then prune out the dead parts. Do NOT fertilize the ivy. That will only stress the plants in this condition. Keep an eye on your plants and water if necessary. At this point that is about all you can do.

If you have additional questions contact the Dauphin County Penn State Extension Office.

Dauphin County Penn State Extension
Address: Dauphin County Agriculture & Natural Resources Center, 1451 Peters Mountain Road, Dauphin, PA 17018-9504
Phone: 717-921-8803
Hours : Monday through Friday 8:00Am -4:30PM