English Ivy Plant Information


The English ivy plant comes in hundreds of varieties. Gardeners use this bushy plant, with its dense leaf cover and trailing stems, in hanging baskets and topiaries, on shelves or as groundcover. English ivy loves to twist and climb things, and it prefers spending the spring and fall seasons outside.


This ivy plant grows in 26 U.S. states. You'll find it on the west coast and in Utah, Arizona and Idaho. It grows in most of the eastern part of the country, from New York State and Massachusetts down to Florida and across to Texas.

Growing Conditions

English ivy will do well in any good potting soil that drains well and has an acidic to neutral pH. It gravitates toward slightly acidic soil and flourishes in USDA hardiness zones 4 through 9. During the warmer months, this ivy needs a moderate amount of indirect sunlight. For the colder months, give it bright or fluorescent light. It tolerates cool to average room temperatures. Less than 70 degrees F during the daytime and 40 to 50 degrees F at night should be adequate.


Stiff stems support medium green, variegated leaves. These leaves come in different shapes and have three to five lobes each. If the aerial roots of the plant have a grip on something, like trees or walls, then it can support itself; otherwise it'll need stems pinned in place to grip. When grown indoors, English ivy can grow 3 feet tall.

Care Requirements

English ivy doesn't need watering often; allow the surface of the soil to dry out between each watering. Let water run out of the bottom of the pot and into a saucer (get rid of the water in the saucer afterward). This plant likes humidity, particularly in high temperatures, so mist it every once in a while or set it on a tray full of moist pebbles. From spring to autumn, use liquid fertilizer every 2 weeks when you water the ivy. Just put a couple of drops per gallon of water in the watering can.

Pests & Warnings

English ivy can be vulnerable to mites; give the leaves a shower in the sink with the hose attachment once a week. The leaves are poisonous when eaten, so keep it in a place where neither pets nor small kids can reach it. Some people also get slight dermatitis from exposure to the plant's sap; therefore, you should handle it with care.

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