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How to Maintain Ivy Plants

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Overview

Ivy makes a wonderful house plant. Ivy plants are a varied group with over 100 varieties.The leaves come in many colors, shapes and sizes, from 1 to 3 inches long, and can be shaped over a wire frame or tamed to grow in hanging baskets. Very little maintenance is required to keep your ivy plants thriving.

Step 1

Place your ivy plant in a location that receives bright indirect sunlight, such as in front of a south-facing window. Too little light can cause variegated varieties to turn all green.

Step 2

Provide adequate water to ensure the soil does not completely dry out between waterings. A good rule of thumb is to allow the soil to dry out down to 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch before watering. Be sure your ivy plant grows in well-draining soil so there is no standing water.

Step 3

Mist the plant once every other day, and more if needed during extremely hot, dry periods, to maintain adequate humidity. Another way to provide humid conditions is to set your plant on a tray lined with pebbles and filled about halfway with water. Be sure not to let the bottom of the plant container come in contact with the water in the tray.

Step 4

Keep the temperature cool to moderate for best growing conditions. Ivy plants like temperatures around 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the daytime with a 5 to 10-degree drop at night. Most ivy plants can be maintained well at a normal household temperature.

Step 5

Fertilize your ivy plants on a regular basis using an all purpose fertilizer that has equal amounts of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium such as 10-10-10. Apply once a month during the active growing period, mid-spring through early fall, using half of the recommended dose. There is no need to fertilize during the winter.

Step 6

Control any pests such as spider mites, mealy bugs and aphids, the ones most commonly found on ivy plants. Use a damp rag to wipe the leaves, both top and underside, to keep pests away. If pests become a problem use one part mild soap to two parts water and spray the plant to get rid of any bugs.

Things You'll Need

  • All-purpose fertilizer
  • Tray
  • Pebbles
  • Spray bottle

References

  • Clemson University Cooperative Extension: Indoor Ivy
  • My Indoor Houseplants: English Ivy
Keywords: maintain ivy plants, ivy care, growing ivy plants

About this Author

Residing in Southern Oregon, Amy Madtson has been writing for Demand Studios since 2008 with a focus on health, pregnancy, crafts and gardening. Her work has been published on websites such as eHow and Garden Guides, among others. Madtson has been a childbirth educator and doula since 1993.

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