English Ivy – From Castle Wall to Indoor Versatility
English Ivy is a varied and versatile houseplant. Train on a trellis, form into shapes on wire frames or at the base of other plants to display your English Ivy. English Ivy also shows well in a hanging basket. English Ivy is also known as Hedera Helix.
English Ivy grows outdoors in moderate climates. In the wild it will climb any vertical it can get a hold on including trees and stone and brick walls. We have all seen the pictures of the old brick and stone buildings with their covering of English Ivy vines. In the absence of a vertical support it will produce a dense ground cover, choking out other growth.
Ivy is a varied group with hundreds of members offering leaves in many colors, shapes and sizes from less than an inch to over 3 inches long.
English Ivy grows best in bright light, but not direct sunlight. In low light conditions variegated varieties may turn all green.
Most English Ivy varieties grow vigorously, but can be pruned to keep them to the desired size and shape.
English Ivy grows well in cool to moderate temperatures in the 50 degree to 70 degree F range. At night it likes the temperature to be 5 to 10 degrees lower.
English Ivy should be planted in soil that provides good drainage.
English Ivy does best in moderate humidity, but will tolerate normal household humidity. Periodic misting, especially during the winter months will benefit your plant.
They should be watered thoroughly and then the soil allowed to dry to a depth of 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch before watering again.
English Ivy should be fertilized once a month during the time they are putting on new growth.
English Ivy can be propagated by rooting stem or tip cuttings. Take a cutting and remove the lower two leaves. Place in water until roots form, then transplant the cutting into potting soil mix in a pot with good drainage.
Decoration and Placement Tips
When placing English Ivy into your home or office, you should not crowd the plant. It grows vigorously and needs room to breathe. Ivies do well at low to moderate room temperatures. The humidity around your Ivy can be raised by setting the plant on a tray of wet pebbles. Although English Ivy can tolerate low light levels, brighter lighting is needed to maintain the colors in variegated varieties.
The ability to display the plant in so many different ways is a great advantage of the English Ivy.