How to Root an Ivy Plant

Overview

There are many varieties of ivy available. Most are well-suited to container growth, as the long vines tumble over the sides of a pot. Ivy is also shade-tolerant, so it thrives in low-light indoor conditions as well as in shaded areas of the garden. Propagating ivy from cuttings is an inexpensive way to multiply existing plants. The cuttings can be transplanted to the landscaping or houseplant pots.

Step 1

Fill a 4- to 6-inch diameter pot with a rooting soil. One part peat moss combined with one part perlite is suitable for rooting ivy.

Step 2

Cut off a 3-inch length of a nearly mature ivy vine. Choose a section that has at least one leaf on it. Strip off extra leaves on the bottom third of the cutting, as these will be under the soil line.

Step 3

Dip the bottom of the ivy cutting in a rooting hormone. Rooting hormone is available from florists and garden supply stores.

Step 4

Plant the cutting in the soil so the bottom third is under the soil line. Space the ivy cuttings far enough apart in the pot so sunlight can reach all the leaves.

Step 5

Water the soil in the pot until it's evenly moist, but not soggy. Cover with a plastic bag and set in a brightly lit area that isn't in direct sunlight. Stick a wooden skewer into the soil to lift the plastic bag off the cuttings, if necessary.

Step 6

Water the cuttings when the soil's surface begins to dry, usually no more than once a week. Rotate the pot at each watering, if necessary, for all the cuttings to receive equal light.

Step 7

Remove the plastic bag once cuttings show new growth. Transplant them to pots or the garden bed once the cuttings are actively growing.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do let the cutting medium dry out, as this causes the new roots to wither and die.

Things You'll Need

  • Plant container
  • Peat moss
  • Perlite
  • Scissors
  • Rooting hormone
  • Plastic bag
  • Skewer

References

  • North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service: Plant Propagation by Stem Cuttings
  • University of Florida Extension: English Ivies to Know and Grow
Keywords: rooting ivy plants, propagating ivy, growing garden ivy

About this Author

Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including the "Dollar Stretcher." Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.