Hedera helix, 4"
This classic lush vine will make you question if you are at home or in a Shakespearean play.
Key Information and Plant Overview
- Binomial Name: Hedera helix
- 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
To prune, or to not prune, that is the question! This classic lush vine will make you question if you are at home or in a Shakespearean play. Its densely packed leaves will climb, creep, and trail throughout your home. The ‘English Ivy’ makes for easy care, low maintenance vine that just keeps on growing.
PlantX Top Tip: Ivy is highly invasive and should never be planted outside.
How to Care for English Ivy
- Light: Prefers bright to medium light with no direct light
- Water: Algerian Ivy is 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 18°C to 24°C (65°F - 75°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 shower head.
- Toxicity: Toxic. It’s best to keep plants away from pets and children.
English Ivy - Common Problems
My Ivy is becoming too long, what should I do: 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, what’s happening: 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.
Why is my plant 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.