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Ivy Topiary

Q. I received a lovely ivy topiary for the holidays and need some watering and fertilizing information.

A. Ivy prefers bright light and rather cool indoor conditions. Water the soil when it feels dry to the touch and fertilize monthly during the growing season, using a dilute fertilizer of 5-10-5 or 10-10-10. A regular misting with room-temperature water during the drying winter months is appreciated, as well as a regular washing of the foliage. If possible, move the topiary outside in the summer to a partially shaded location, but watch the increased need for watering at that time.