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Ivy Care

Ivy plants are lush, long-vining plants that will look stunning in your home. They are fast-growing, evergreen plants that are happy to climb their surroundings or drape down the side of a hanging pot.

How to care for your Ivy

Use these instructions to care for an Ivy. This guide will tell you how to water an Ivy; its light, temperature, humidity preferences and any additional care it might need to help it grow.

Canary Island Ivy

LIGHT

Ivy plants prefer bright indirect light but no direct sun as the foliage will burn. In lower light, the ivy will become leggy and sparse.

WATER

Let the top 25-50% of soil dry before watering. Allow the water to flow freely from the drainage holes on the bottom of the pot. Always empty the saucer of any water. Ivy does not like its roots constantly wet. Crispy brown leaves indicate over-watering, and leaf drop indicates under-watering.

HUMIDITY

This plant loves to be misted with room-temperature water. Feel free to do this daily, especially in the winter when the air is very dry. Not only does misting provide humidity, but it also keeps the pests away.

TEMPERATURE

Your Ivy prefers temperatures between 60-75°F.

FOOD

Ivy thrives when fed once per month in the spring and summer with a general purpose indoor plant fertilizer at ½ strength. No need to feed in the fall or winter when they are resting; fertilizer could do more harm than good.

TOXICITY

Ivy is mildly toxic to humans and pets, typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Feel free to trim up your Ivy regularly to keep it in shape. Snip off trailing vines that are just too long with a pair of sharp scissors or pruning shears to keep your plant looking full. You’ll get a bushier plant this way. You can prune (cut) your plant back by as much as half at a time — you won’t hurt this robust plant at all.

English Ivy

LIGHT

English ivy plants prefer bright indirect light but no direct sun as the foliage will burn. In less light, the ivy will become leggy and sparse.

WATER

Let the top 25-50% of the soil dry out before watering. Allow the water to flow freely from the drainage holes on the bottom of the pot. Always empty the saucer of any water.  English ivy does not like its roots constantly wet. Crispy brown leaves indicate over-watering, not under-watering.

HUMIDITY

This plant loves to be misted with room-temperature water; feel free to do this daily, especially in the winter when the air is very dry. Not only does misting provide humidity it also keeps the pests away.

TEMPERATURE

English ivy plants can grow in temperatures between 45-80°F; they prefer a consistent temperature rather than large swings in temperature.

FOOD

English ivy thrives when fed two times per month in the spring and summer with a general-purpose indoor plant fertilizer at half-strength. There’s no need to feed in the fall or winter when the plant goes into a natural resting period; fertilizing during this time could do more harm than good.

TOXICITY

English ivy is mildly toxic to humans and pets. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.

ADDITIONAL CARE

Feel free to trim up your English ivy regularly to keep it in shape. Snip off trailing vines that are just too long with a pair of sharp scissors or pruning shears to keep your plant looking full. You’ll get a bushier plant this way. You can prune (cut) your plant back by as much as half at a time — you won’t hurt this robust plant at all.

Swedish Ivy

LIGHT

Your Swedish ivy will perform best in bright to medium-bright indirect light. It can tolerate a direct morning sun,, but avoid areas in which it will be exposed to harsh afternoon sun. It can also tolerate low light levels, but will exhibit slower, leggy growth.

WATER

Water your Swedish ivy when the top 50% of potting mix is dry. Water thoroughly, and be sure to empty the saucer of any excess water to prevent root rot. With its semi-succulent stems and leaves, the plant is forgiving of an occasional missed watering.

HUMIDITY

Your Swedish ivy can survive in a low humidity environment but will thrive with higher humidity levels. Mist the leaves regularly, place a humidifier nearby, or use a pebble tray to raise the humidity.

TEMPERATURE

Your Swedish ivy prefers temperatures between 60-80°F. Avoid cold drafts and sudden temperature changes.

FOOD

For best results, use a liquid houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the recommended strength once a month during the spring and summer. Never apply fertilizer to dry soil; always make sure the soil is damp before feeding your plant.

TOXICITY

Your Swedish ivy is considered to be non-toxic to pets and humans.

ADDITIONAL CARE

If you would like to encourage flowering, ensure the plant is placed in an area that receives a few hours of direct morning sunlight. Swedish ivy plants will typically flower in late spring, and flowers should be removed once spent. If your Swedish ivy is looking leggy, the stems can be cut back by up to half their length. Stem cuttings will root easily in potting mix.

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What's an Ivy?

Botanical Classification: Hedera canariensis

About

Ivy is an attractive, vining plant that is often used as groundcover outdoors. This fast-growing evergreen plant is happy to climb fences, moss poles, or trail freely along the ground. It looks great draping and dangling its vines from shelves, window sills or macrame hangers.

Ivy is native to many places around the world, including Africa and throughout Europe. It will do best in an area with bright indirect sunlight and will show thanks by producing fast growth. Be sure to water it often, once the soil is 25-50% dry, and prune the stems as needed to keep the plant from outgrowing its space. It’s adaptable to a wide range of indoor environments.

Fun Fact

Ivy loves to climb! It grows aerial roots that will grip onto almost anything. Try training it up a moss pole.

Pictured Left: Canary Island Ivy
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Once a month, give your Ivy plant a nice shower in lukewarm water to wash away any dust. This helps to prevent insect infestations (little pests love to hide in the dust) and boosts the humidity.
- Plant Mom

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