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How to Care for Hanging Ivy Plants

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Overview

English ivy is a climbing vine plant native to Europe. The plant grows well in a hanging pot and is found around the world except in the tropics. Most varieties of English ivy are hardy growing outdoors in USDA zones 4 through 8; however, this plant is found most commonly as a houseplant. The vine-like foliage is attractive when allowed to hang naturally or can be trained to grow as topiary. English ivy has few problems with insect pests and is not susceptible to common houseplant diseases.

Step 1

Plant the hanging English ivy in a container approximately 2 inches in diameter larger than the root ball, with drainage holes. Set the plant in a nutrient-rich, well-draining potting soil.

Step 2

Hang the plant in a location that offers bright, indirect sunlight. Indoor English ivy does not perform well with hot direct sun and will have reduced leaf coloring when placed in low light. Make sure the location offers a temperature of 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the day.

Step 3

Water the English ivy once the soil becomes dry to a depth of 1/2 inch. English ivy prefers moderate amounts of humidity but will tolerate low levels in a home. Increase the humidity around the plant by filling a tray with stones and water and setting the plant on top. Do not set the plant directly in water. Set the ivy on a plant stand that allows the foliage to hang when using a humidity tray.

Step 4

Fertilize the hanging English ivy with a balanced houseplant fertilizer during the active growing months. Stop fertilizer applications during the hot summer and cold winters as the plant is not actively growing during these conditions.

Step 5

Repot hanging English ivy plants once they become rootbound in the growing container or top-heavy. Transplant the ivy to a container 1 inch in diameter larger then the previous container. Planting in a large container can cause root rot from excess moisture.

Step 6

Propagate new English ivy plants by taking foliage tip cuttings while the plant is growing. Place the cuttings in a container of water to stimulate root growth. Transplant the cuttings to individual containers filled with potting soil once the roots reach a length of 1 inch.

Things You'll Need

  • Hanging container
  • Potting soil
  • Water
  • Tray
  • Stones
  • Balanced houseplant fertilizer
  • Plant clipper
  • Topiary frame

References

  • University of Florida: English Ivies to Know and Grow
  • Clemson University: Indoor Ivy
  • Floridata: Hedera Helix
Keywords: grow hanging ivy, plant hanging ivy, grow English ivy

About this Author

Jennifer Loucks has over 10 years of experience as a former technical writer for a software development company in Wisconsin. Her writing experience includes creating software documentation and help documents for clients and staff along with training curriculum. Loucks holds a Bachelor of Science major from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls specializing in animal science and business.