How to Rejuvenate a Swedish Ivy

Swedish ivies make gorgeous houseplants cascading from hanging baskets or over the edge of furniture, but over time the mother plant can begin to show signs of age and lose some of its original luster. Fortunately, rejuvenating an aging Swedish ivy is easy to do with a minimal investment of time.


Step 1

Cut back the vines to the area where healthy growth is present. This may mean cutting it all the way back to the base and allowing healthy new growth to emerge. Although it may be tempting to save as much of the length as possible, if the leaves are small and pale or the stem is brittle and woody, it may be best to cut it back and use the cuttings to start new plants. You will more than double the size of your plants, and you will improve the health of the mother plant.

Step 2

Fill a slightly larger plant pot with a good all-purpose potting soil.

Step 3

Remove the plant from the original pot. Hold one hand over the base of the plant and turn it upside down. if the plant does not come out of the pot, gently tap on the bottom until you loosen it.

Step 4

Remove excess soil from the roots and spread the roots out. This will give your Swedish ivy a chance to grow new roots and improve its health.

Step 5

Repot your Swedish ivy in the new pot and press the soil down around the roots. Be sure to plant it at the same soil level as it was previously grown in.

Step 6

Water whenever the soil dries out. You will see new growth within a few days, and within weeks you will be amazed at the health and vigor of your Swedish ivy.

Step 7

Place 3- to 4-inch cuttings from the tender sections you trimmed off your Swedish ivy in a glass of water and set on a window sill to root. Old woody stems should be discarded. Roots will appear within a few days to a week. Be sure to replace any water as it evaporates and keep the stems in water.

Step 8

Pot the newly rooted cuttings in all-purpose potting soil once roots have formed and you see new growth.

Tips and Warnings

Resist the urge to try to save as much of the plant as you can. Once stems become woody and brittle, it is time to cut them back and give your plant a chance to rejuvenate.

Things You'll Need

Plant pots, Potting soil, Glass or vase

About this Author

Nannette Richford is an avid gardener, teacher and nature enthusiast with 4 years experience in online writing and a lifetime of personal journals. She is published on various sites, including Associated Content. Richford holds a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from the University of Maine Orono and certifications in 7-12 English, K-8 General Elementary and Birth to age 5.

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