It’s been a wet spring. I have several of these old concrete pots filled with English ivy. This one suddenly browned off last week.
The Problem? A root has grown out the drainage hole and plugged the outlet, resulting in a dying plant.
Tip the pot and cut off the roots. Pull the root ball out of the earth.
Using a poker the size of the drainage hole, open the hole and, using your poker, create drainage in the planting soil within the pot, working through the drainage hole.
Find or create some appropriate lifters for the pot. Here I am using pieces of concrete block.
Reposition the pot atop the lifters.
Cross your fingers. Most plants which display browning are already dead. Ivy is amazingly tough, but I’m not optimistic.
Check your other pots, especially those sitting directly on the earth. Lifters help discourage these problems.