Ivy adds attractive foliage to a trellis, home or garden. Simple and inexpensive, many ivy varieties are aggressive growers and can cover an unsightly wall in a few weeks. Low-maintenance and drought-resistant, most popular ivy plants produce large green waxy leaves that turn red and purple in the fall. The plant can be purchased at a greenhouse or propagated at home in a variety of ways.
Trim the vine from the tips of 6-inch tendrils of Boston ivy by making a cut just below a leaf node, using garden clippers. The new root will begin to form at this juncture. Do this after leafing out has occurred and the vines are adding new growth.
Dip the bottom of the vine in the rooting compound (powder or gel).
Place the rooting compound-covered cutting in the fiber cup and add potting soil.
Add water to thoroughly soak the soil. The loose soil will settle, so soil may need to be added.
Place the cuttings in an indoor south-facing exposure and water daily, keeping the soil moist. Roots will form in three to five weeks. When the roots reach 3 inches, the plant is strong enough to plant.
Collect the seeds from the ivy fruit--depending on the type of ivy, seeds can be found in fruit that often looks like berries.
Remove the fleshy pulp and place the seeds in moistened medium sand. If you live in a cold climate, refrigerate the seed and sand mixture until spring.
Plant seeds 4 inches deep surrounded by compost or mulch. For quality coverage, plant 2 feet apart.