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English Ivy 'Gold Child' Hedera Helix, 4"

English Ivy 'Gold Child' Hedera Helix, 4"

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Quick Description

The English Ivy 'Gold Child' is a beautiful variegated ivy, which makes a striking addition to any home.

Size - 4"

Key Information & Plant Overview

Binomial Name: Hedera helix 'Gold Child'
Care Level: Easy
Light: Bright to medium, indirect light
Water: Allow the top 2 inches of the soil to dry before watering.
Pet Friendly: No

The English Ivy 'Gold Child' is a beautiful variegated ivy, which makes a striking addition to any home. This natural climber has star-shaped variegated grey-green leaves with an accent of gold. The evergreen ivy has long vines that can spread up to ten feet long and is grown as a climbing ornamental plant. The English Ivy 'Gold Child' is perfect for hanging baskets that add color, texture, and fresh style to any room with its beautiful patterns.

Native to northern Europe, the English Ivy 'Gold Child'  was first introduced in 1971 by Thomas Rochford from the House of Rochford. It received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Merit, where it quickly became popular.This somewhat drought-tolerant ivy grows best in bright light to medium light, cool to moderate room temperatures of 10 to 21°C ( 50 - 70°F ).

PlantX Top Tip: Ivy is highly invasive and should never be planted outside.

How to Care for English Ivy 'Gold Child' 

Light: Prefers bright to medium light with no direct light
Water: Ivy is somewhat drought tolerant and will begin to show signs when it needs to be watered by lowering its leaves.
Humidity: Average relative humidity of 25% to 49%
Temperature: Average from 10°C to 21°C ( 50°F - 70°F )
Fertilizer: Follow a monthly fertilizing schedule when the plant is actively growing. In most cases, this is in the spring and summer. Use a balanced fertilizer - this means a ratio of NPK that is all the same. Ex: 10-10-10.
Soil: Use a well-draining, high organic matter soil mix.
Propagation: Stem cuttings can be placed in moist soil or in water until it forms roots that are about 2-3” long then transplant to moist soil. This plant is fast-growing!
Repotting: This can be done every 12-18 months. Choose a pot that is 2” larger in diameter than the original pot.
Cleaning Tip: Mist and wipe the leaves regularly with soapy water, to keep them clean, glossy, and pest-free. This can be easily done in the shower with an extendable showerhead.
Toxicity: Toxic. It’s best to keep plants away from pets and children.

English Ivy 'Gold Child' - Common Problems

My Ivy is becoming too long: Ivy is very easy to propagate. Take a stem cutting and either root in water or in moist soil. Regular pruning will encourage fuller growth.

There are webs forming on my plant with yellow/brown marks on the leaves: Check for spider mites. Ivy can easily become a target for spider mites. Treat with a pest control solution and continue to monitor the plant regularly.

My plant is leggy, elongated, and not producing new leaves: Find a location in your space with bright to medium indirect light. This is usually associated with a lack of sunlight.

Signs of Overwatering: New growth becomes soft and brown and the leaves begin to drop.

Common Pests: Susceptible to spider mites. Check your plant regularly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Ivy a good indoor plant? Yes, absolutely! Ivy plants are known for their invasive nature, but indoors they will not get out of hand. Training your Ivy to climb along your walls is really easy and encourages new growth. 

What type of fertilizer should I use for young Ivy plants?

Young Ivy plants need extra phosphorus to encourage root development. Look for a fertilizer with phosphorus (the second number on the bag) and apply the recommended amount for the plant and follow the directions on the label. Place the fertilizer in the soil when you first re-pot your plant or during the first growing season.

Do Ivy plants like humidity?

Yes, they do like humid air with levels around 25% to 49%. You can increase the humidity in your home by setting your ivy on a peddle tray full of water. It will evaporate and raise the humidity around the plant.

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