About English Ivy
English Ivy, or Hedera helix, is a robust and aggressively-growing woody evergreen vine. This plant is often seen outdoors as ground cover or climbing brick walls, and the sight of English Ivy climbing brick buildings is what inspired the nickname “Ivy League” for the group of esteemed colleges. English Ivy is also a popular sight indoors, commonly in hanging displays that allow its vines to trail down. This vine is such a vigorous grower that it’s even been listed on some invasive species lists, so be sure to check with your area nurseries or officials before planting English Ivy outside.
This English Ivy is sold in a 4” grower pot.
Despite how quickly it grows outdoors, English Ivy is not always easy to please as an indoor plant. The air in our homes is generally drier and warmer than the conditions English Ivy prefers, so you’ll need to provide your ivy with frequent mistings, moist soil, and cool nights. This ivy will need bright light, but direct light in summer can overwhelm it.
English Ivy is most susceptible to pests like aphids and spider mites, which are easily visible and can be taken care of with organic insecticides or insecticidal soaps. Root rot can also cause issues when the soil is too wet for long periods of time.
English Ivy has been shown to help reduce the presence of mold and other harmful particulates in the air.
LOOKING AFTER THE PLANT
When kept indoors, English Ivy should be potted in loose, well-draining potting mix, and should be watered often enough to stay moist but not soaking wet. You won’t need to feed English Ivy very much, but you can use a slow-release or diluted liquid fertilizer to speed up growth. Pruning the growing tips can help encourage compact, bushy growth, and stem cuttings can even be used to propagate more plants!
PLANT CARE WITH PETS AND CHILDREN
English Ivy leaves and stems can be mildly toxic to both pets and children, causing vomiting and diarrhea, but large amounts can cause more serious problems. The berries of English Ivy are also toxic when consumed in large amounts. Some people may experience mild contact dermatitis due to allergies.
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