Ivy Still Growing On Tree After Being Cut

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Q: How is it possible for Ivy to keep growing in a tree after it has been cut off from its roots? 

A: First, look carefully at the trunk where you clipped the vine. Make sure there are no untouched vines hiding in bark cracks. Ivy can get moisture from the root-like tendrils that attach it to a tree trunk. If there are lots of the rootlets, the ivy could maintain itself for weeks from the moisture there. But eventually, an ivy vine that is severed from its roots will surely dry up and die. It may take months but it will inevitably happen.

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