Gardeners use English ivy as a ground cover or climber to enhance fences and trellises, or to protect areas around mature trees. This fast-growing plant can be used as an accent plant in containers to create a trailing effect in the planter. Ivy often outgrows a location and requires transplant to thin the vine. Transplanting English ivy requires standard gardening practices of soil enrichment to ensure the success of the plant.
Locate areas in the existing ivy garden bed that will tolerate removal of transplants. English ivy grows as a vine that attaches itself with root spaced directly below each new set of leaves. Each root has the potential to become a new plant.
Cut off a section of healthy vine next to a set of bright green leaves. Flip the ivy over and clip the vine between every set of leaves. This will create individual plants to use as plugs to create a new ivy bed. If you prefer, place cuts spaced every two to three sets of leaves for more foliage in the new planting bed.
Create enough clippings to space transplanted ivy plants about 12 inches apart. Plants will fill in within a year to form a dense ground cover.
Turn over the top 6 inches of the garden to loosen the soil in a garden plot featuring partial to full sun. Apply compost to the garden surface and work this into the planting bed. Smooth the soil surface and dig 2-inch deep individual holes spaced about 12 inches apart throughout the garden.
Place each ivy plant in a hole and firm soil around the plant. Use a watering can to water around the main stem of each transplant.
Mulch the garden surface to restrict weeds and conserve moisture in the ivy planting bed. Water English ivy transplants to ensure that plants receive adequate moisture during the establishment period. Give the plants water at the soil level during times of drought.
Apply a 15-5-15 fertilizer in the spring and fall to promote healthy foliage based on package recommendations. Rinse all fertilizers completely from the ivy leaves to limit burning.