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How to Grow English Ivy

English ivy Hedera

English ivy is a small-leafed evergreen vine. It is well suited for indoor growing and growing in container and hanging basket. Use English ivy as a border edging or groundcover in partially shady gardens.

Get to Know English Ivy

  • Plant type: Evergreen vine
  • Growing Zones and range: 5-9
  • Hardiness:
  • Temperature: 65°F (18°C) during the day, 50°F (10°C) at night; ivy can tolerate lower temperatures
  • Light: Medium to high, indirect light
  • Height and width: 10’- 20’ in all directions
  • Foliage: Dark green or mottled, glossy foliage is oval or heart-shaped; stems climb by clinging roots
  • Uses: Shady beds or slops
  • Botanical name: Hedera helix
  • Common name: English Ivy

Where to Plant English Ivy

  • Plant English ivy in full sun or partial shade where summer is cool; plant in partial or dense shade where summers are hot; protect English ivy from hot afternoon sun.
  • Plant English ivy in humus-rich to average garden soil.
  • Plant indoor English ivy in potting soil.

When to Plant English Ivy

  • Set outdoors in spring or fall.
English ivy (Hedera helix)
English ivy (Hedera helix)

Planting and Spacing English Ivy

  • Space ivy 12 to 18 inches apart outdoors.

How to Water and Feed English Ivy

  • English ivy needs moderate water once established. All the soil surface to dry somewhat between waterings.
  • Mist English ivy growing indoors.
  • Fertilize English ivy in spring and summer.

English Ivy Care

  • Pinch off the tips of new growth to keep the plant bushy.

English Ivy Common Problems

  • Spider mites can be a problem in hot, dry conditions. Rinse plants or raise the humidity.

English Ivy Propagation

  • Take tip cuttings at any time.

English Ivy Varieties to Grow

  • There are dozens of cultivars. Cultivars vary by foliage size from tiny-leaved needlepoint ivies to large broad leaves.


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