How to Transplant Ivy Plants


Ivy is a common house plant. Though there are several varieties the two most gardeners grow are the Pothos or "Devil's Ivy" and the English ivy. Both perennials are hardy plants that thrive in indirect light. According to gardening expert Grahame Clarke, author of more than 11 books on gardening, an ivy can grow at a rate of 2 to 5 inches per year. A small ivy can soon outgrow its pot. Ivy plants should be transplanted to larger container every year, according to Clarke.

Step 1

Select a larger pot or container for your ivy. Choose a pot that is 3 inches larger than the current container to allow room for growth.

Step 2

Add soil mixture to new pot. Fill about one-third of the way with soil mixture. For best results use a growing two parts potting soil and one part peat moss to allow for air circulation and drainage.

Step 3

Remove ivy from current container. Gently turn pot on its side. Tap lightly to loose soil from pot walls. Gently grab ivy near base and pull gently out of pot. Use gardening spade to pull soil from side of pot walls if tapping did not loosen.

Step 4

Wear gloves and gently loosen ivy roots if they appear to be bound.

Step 5

Set plant into center of new container. The plant should sit deep enough in container to cover all roots, but not too deep. Stem base should be even with top of pot.

Step 6

Fill new container with potting soil around ivy. Tap down lighting using hand or spade. Water plant after planting. Commercial potting soil should contain nutrients and fertilizer, so don't fertilize until four to six months after transplanting.

Things You'll Need

  • Large pot
  • Potting soil (with fertilizer)
  • Peat moss
  • Hand gardening spade
  • Water


  • "The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual"; Barbara Pleasant; 2005
  • "Indoor Plants: The Essential Guide to Choosing and Caring for Houseplants"; Grahame Clarke; 1997

Who Can Help

  • Clemson University Extension: Growing Indoor Ivy
Keywords: house plant, pothos, hardy perennial

About this Author

Carmel Perez Snyder is a freelance writer living in Florida. She attended the University of Missouri and has been a journalist for more than 12 years. Her work has appeared in the AARP Bulletin, the Oklahoma Gazette, the Amarillo Globe-News, and eHow.