How to Care for English Ivy Houseplants

Overview

English ivy plants (Hedera helix) are climbing vines that are prized for their richly-colored foliage that's often a mixture of whites and deep greens. English ivies are vigorous climbers, self-clinging to walls, railings, fences, arbors or any other structure that it can grab onto. English ivies are also excellent houseplants, because they thrive in lower light conditions and normal indoor temperatures. They also process and remove from the air certain common indoor air pollutants, such as formaldehyde, xylene, trichloroethylene and benzene.

Step 1

Place your English ivy in low to indirect sunlight, but not in direct sun. Keep air temperatures between 50 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Water your English ivy houseplant using warm water. Water the ivy once or twice per week to keep the soil barely moistened. Mist the English ivy houseplant with warm water daily or every other day during the spring and summer to keep humidity levels around the plant slightly elevated.

Step 3

Feed your English ivy once every two weeks with a liquid 20-20-20 NPK houseplant fertilizer. Fertilize the English ivy when it's actively growing during the spring, summer and early autumn, following the dosage instructions on the label.

Step 4

Pinch back the tips of the English ivy vines once a month while it's actively growing to encourage healthy growth and to control its size.

Step 5

Clean the English ivy's leaves by wiping them with a damp cloth to remove any dust, grease and bugs. You can also rinse the entire plant with water from a hose spray nozzle attachment.

Tips and Warnings

  • Keep the English ivy houseplants out of the reach of children and pets. The ivy plant is poisonous if eaten. Watch out for insects infesting your English ivy plants, such as scales, mealybugs, aphids and spider mites. If you detect any insect son your ivy plant, treat the plant with an appropriate horticultural oil, insecticidal soap or insecticide spray.

Things You'll Need

  • Water spray bottle
  • Liquid 20-20-20 NPK fertilizer
  • Cloth

References

  • Clemson University Extension: Indoor Plants -- Cleaning, Fertilizing, Containers & Light
  • PlantCare.com: Common Ivy, English Ivy

Who Can Help

  • Denver Plants: English Ivy
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