Planting Hedera


Hedera is a genus of woody, vining or creeping evergreen plants. The most commonly grown species is Hedera helix, also known as English ivy. It is considered an invasive species in some areas of the United States and it is difficult to eradicate once it becomes established. Gardeners grow ivy as ground covering in the residential landscape and as a houseplant. Plant ivy in a cool, shaded or partially shaded location in the spring.

Step 1

Water the Hedera plants prior to planting them until liquid runs out of the bottom of the pot.

Step 2

Pour a 3-inch layer of compost and a 2-inch layer of sand onto the planting bed. Use the gardening fork to mix the amendments into the soil to a depth of 6 inches.

Step 3

Water the planting area to a depth of 6 inches and allow it to drain prior to planting the Hedera.

Step 4

Dig planting holes 12 inches apart, the same depth as the pots in which the Hedera are growing and twice the diameter. Tip the pots onto their sides and slide the plants out. Place the roots of each plant into the holes and pack soil around them. Press down on the soil around the base of the Hedera to remove any air pockets.

Step 5

Prune the Hedera, if the vine is long, to 6 feet.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Sand
  • Gardening fork
  • Trowel
  • Pruning shears


  • Duke University: English Ivy
  • The Garden Helper: Care and Cultivation of Ivy
  • ‭"‬California Master Gardener Handbook;" ‬Dennis R.‭ ‬Pittenger‭; ‬2002
Keywords: plant Hedera, plant ivy, plant English ivy

About this Author

Victoria Hunter, a former broadcaster and real estate agent, has provided audio and written services to both small businesses and large corporations, worldwide. Hunter is a freelance writer specializing in the real estate industry. She devotes her spare time to her other passions: gardening and cooking. Hunter holds a Bachelor of Arts in English/creative writing.