How to Grow & Propagate English Ivy


English ivy is an indoor or outdoor growing vine that gracefully hangs over the edge of the planting container or attaches itself to a fence or trellis structure. English ivy plants grow well when placed in a full sun to partially shaded outdoor garden bed. Indoor grown plants prefer a south- or west-direction window. Propagate English ivy to produce new plants by taking stem cuttings in late spring or early summer.

Step 1

Disinfect a sharp knife with isopropyl alcohol to prevent spreading disease to the cutting or plant. Use a sharp knife to prevent crushing the stem of the plant.

Step 2

Take an 8-inch stem cutting from a disease-free English ivy plant. Cut the stem at an angle for better results during the rooting process. Remove all leaves from the lower half of the stem.

Step 3

Fill a rooting tray with water-moistened perlite or vermiculite. Do not over-water the medium. Dip the cut end of the English ivy stem in rooting hormone. Gently tap the cutting to remove excess hormone.

Step 4

Stick the cut end of the stem into the rooting tray medium to a depth of 1 inch, making sure at least one bud node is under the medium.

Step 5

Cover the tray with a clear plastic bag and seal it closed with a rubber band. Set the tray in a warm location that has a temperature of 60 to 70 degrees F and indirect sunlight.

Step 6

Monitor the cuttings for the presence of root growth. Roots will begin to appear in one to two weeks. Do not open the plastic cover during the rooting process. No additional water is needed as long as the medium is moist when sticking the cuttings.

Step 7

Transplant the cuttings into individual containers filled with high quality potting soil once the roots reach a length of at least 1 inch. Make sure the containers have bottom drainage holes.

Step 8

Water the English ivy plants once the soil is dry to several inches. Apply water to moisten the soil and allow the water to drain out the bottom holes. Do not over-saturate the soil.

Step 9

Fertilize the English ivy plant with 1 tsp. of 20-10-20 fertilizer mixed into one gallon of water. Water the plant as usual with the fertilizer water. Apply fertilizer six to eight times a year for best results.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp knife
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Rooting tray
  • Perlite or vermiculite
  • Water
  • Rooting hormone
  • Clear plastic bag
  • Rubber band
  • 4-inch growing containers
  • Potting soil
  • 20-10-20 water-soluble fertilizer


  • Texas A&M University: Propagating Foliage & Flowering Plants
  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln: Propagating House Plants
  • University of Florida: English Ivies to Know and Grow
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About this Author

Jennifer Loucks has over 10 years of experience as a former technical writer for a software development company in Wisconsin. Her writing experience includes creating software documentation and help documents for clients and staff along with training curriculum. Loucks holds a Bachelor of Science major from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls specializing in animal science and business.