How to grow and care for English Ivy (Hedera helix) Indoors

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English Ivy Care, Hedera helix Care

Botanical name: Hedera helix
Family: Araliaceae
Common names: English Ivy, Common Ivy, European Ivy

English Ivy Description

English Ivy is a popular houseplant for a hanging basket or as a climber. It is easy to grow and easily adapts to a wide range of growing conditions.

English Ivy grows slowly in the first 2 years of establishment. Once well established, it grows vigorously and can quickly cover walls, trellis, fences, trees and other places it can climb or trail.

English Ivy is a hardy plant that is useful as screens on a trellis or in covering unattractive spots in the home or office.

It can also be used as ground covers under trees where grass cannot grow. English Ivy is also ideal for a hanging basket.

English Ivy Varieties

The general form of English Ivy is the characteristically lobed leaves. There are many variations on the basic pattern. The leaf edges are smooth or ruffled and colors vary from simple green to complex mixtures of white, cream, grey and yellow.

English Ivy Air Purifying

NASA Clean Air Study, Hedera helix was found to get rid of common VOCs like benzene, formaldehyde, xylene, toulene and trichloroethylene from indoor air.

English Ivy Origin

The English Ivy is native to most of Europe and Western Asia. In its native habitat, it is a rampant clinging evergreen vine found in gardens, waste spaces, on walls, tree trunks and in wild areas.

English Ivy Invasive

One drawback of English Ivy is that it can be invasive in some regions. Due to its aggressive nature, it can choke out some native species. Take caution when growing this plant and find out if it is acceptable in your region.

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English Ivy Care, Hedera helix Care

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English Ivy (Hedera helix) Care Indoors

English Ivy Light Requirements

English Ivy grows best in bright light but away from direct sunlight as it may cause scorching of the leaves. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

How to Water English Ivy

Water English Ivy thoroughly during the growing season while allowing the top 2 in. of soil to dry a little between waterings.

Reduce watering for your English Ivy during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time. Read more on how to water houseplants.

Avoid soggy soil for your English Ivy as it can lead to root-rot disease and eventual death of your plant.

Ensure the pot for your English Ivy has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy.


Temperature for English Ivy

The best temperature for growing English Ivy indoors is a cool temperature between 12-200C.

Protect your English Ivy from cold and hot draughts to avoid sudden drop in temperature.

Though English Ivy can adapt a wide range of temperatures, constantly high temperatures can damage the plant. Read more on understanding temperature for houseplants.

Humidity for English Ivy

English Ivy has no need for high humidity. However, for lush growth and to reduce pest infestation, mist the leaves frequently or set the pot on a wet pebble tray to raise humidity for your English Ivy. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

Regularly clean the leaves of your English Ivy under a stream of running water to get rid of dust and discourage pest infestation. Read more on how to clean houseplants.

Fertilizer (Feeding) for English Ivy

Feed English Ivy monthly during the growing season with a nitrogen-rich water-soluble fertilizer.

Withhold feeding for your English Ivy during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time. Read more on how to feed houseplants.

How to Repot English Ivy

Repot English Ivy every two years during the growing period or when it has become root-bound.

Use a pot that is 1 size larger for your English Ivy. Ensure the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot disease.

The best soil for your English Ivy is loose free-draining soil that is rich in organic matter.

How to Prune English Ivy

Pruning English Ivy involves removal of yellow and dead leaves to maintain your plant neat and tidy.

To encourage a bushy and compact growth for your English Ivy, pinch off the growing tips. The tips can be used to propagate new plants.

Cut back leggy stems to rejuvenate growth for your English Ivy. Read more on how to prune houseplants.

English Ivy (Hedera helix) Propagation

English Ivy can be propagated at the beginning of the growing season from stem cuttings.

English Ivy cuttings root easily so there is no need for rooting hormone. Rooting of English Ivy cuttings can be done in 3 ways as follows.

How to propagate English Ivy from stem cuttings in soil

Take stem cuttings of about 4-5 in. length from a healthy English Ivy.

Insert the English Ivy cuttings in moist rooting soil. Ensure the rooting container has adequate drainage to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to rotting.

Place the set up in a warm, shaded place and maintain the soil moist until new growth emerges.

When substantial growth has been observed, transfer the new English Ivy plants to individual pots and begin routine care.

For a fuller English Ivy, plant several cuttings in one pot.

How to propage English Ivy from stem cuttings in water

Take cuttings of about 4-5 in. length from a healthy English Ivy plant.

Place English Ivy cuttings in a jar of plain water and place in a well-lit spot.

Change the water every 5-7 days until when a good amount of roots have formed.

Transfer the rooted cuttings in moist potting soil. Ensure the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to rotting.

Place the set up in a warm, shaded place and maintain the soil moist until new growth has emerged

Once substantial growth has been observed, transfer the new English Ivy pants to individual pots and begin routine care.

For a fuller English Ivy, plant several cuttings in one pot.

How to propagate English Ivy by spreading the stems on the soil

Spread the English Ivy stems on the soil surface while still attached to the mother plant.

The English Ivy stems will root at every point they come into contact with the soil.

Once rooted, sever the English Ivy stems, dig them up and pot in moist soil in individual pots.

Place the new English Ivy plants in a warm, shaded place and maintain the soil moist until well established after which routine care can begin.

English Ivy Care, Hedera helix Care

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English Ivy (Hedera helix) Problems Indoors

English Ivy bearing undersized leaves and showing spindly growth

English Ivy bearing undersized leaves and showing spindly growth is receiving too little light.

Move your English to a brighter spot where it will receive bright light away from direct sunlight. Check out this guide on understanding light for houseplants.

However, naturally, the mature leaves at the base of your English Ivy will drop with age.

Cut back the bare stems to rejuvenate growth for your English Ivy. Read more on how to prune houseplants.

English Ivy brown, dry leaf tips and edges and stunted growth

English Ivy brown, dry leaf tips and edges and stunted growth is a sign of spider mites as a result of too dry air.

Mist leaves of your English Ivy regularly or set the pot on a wet pebble tray to raise humidity inorder to discourage pest infestation. Read more on how to raise humidity for houseplants.

Also remove dead growth from your English Ivy to reduce the pest infestation as dead growth acts as a breeding ground for pests.

Variegated English Ivy all green

Variegated English Ivy all green is due to two possible reasons.

One possible reason for Variegated English Ivy being all green is too little light. Move your English Ivy to a brighter spot and ensure it is receiving bright light but away from direct sunshine.

The second reason for loss of variegation in your variegated English Ivy is inadequate growth space if the plant is pot-bound.

Repot your English into a pot one size larger than the current one. Ensure the pot has a drainage hole to prevent the soil from getting soggy as it can lead to root-rot disease and eventual death of your plant.

English Ivy Pests

English Ivy pests are spider mites and aphids.

Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to the other houseplants and treat it for the pests appropriately.

English Ivy Diseases

English Ivy diseases are Leaf Spot and Root-rot which is prevalent in overwet conditions.

Isolate the affected plant to prevent spread to the other houseplants and treat it for the diseases appropriately.

Is English Ivy (Hedera helix) toxic?

English Ivy (Hedera helix) is toxic to both humans and pets.

If English Ivy is ingested, it can cause vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pains. Keep it away from the reach of children and pets.

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