English Ivy

By: Larry Hodgson

English ivy is easy to care for and will thrive under manydifferent conditions. See more pictures of house plants.

English ivy is a vining plant with glossy leaves that come in a variety of shades, colors, and forms. Although it is usually grown as a hanging plant, it will also climb up walls or pieces of wood through the aerial roots it produces on its stems. It can also be grown over moss forms to make fascinating “living sculptures.”

Modern cultivars usually branch readily, but older ones may need pinching to keep them in shape. Beware of spider mites, especially in dry conditions.


English Ivy Quick Facts

Scientific Name:Hedera helix

Common Name: English Ivy

Light Requirement for English Ivy: Bright Light to Filtered Light

Water Requirementfor English Ivy: Evenly Moist

Humidityfor English Ivy: High

Temperaturefor English Ivy: Cold to House

Fertilizerfor English Ivy: Balanced

Potting Mixfor English Ivy: All-Purpose

Propagation of English Ivy: Stem Cuttings

Decorative Usefor English Ivy: Hanging Basket, Table, Terrarium

Care Ratingfor English Ivy: Easy


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Larry Hodgson is a full time garden writer out of Quebec City in the heart of French Canada where he grows well over 3,000 species and varieties. His book credits include Making the Most of Shade, The Garden Lovers Guide to Canada, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, Houseplants for Dummies, and Ortho's Complete Guide to Houseplants, as well as other titles in English and French. He's the winner of the Perennial Plant Association's 2006 Garden Media Award.