Tips on Growing Indoor Ivy

As one of the easiest plants to grow, ivy does well indoors with proper care. Ivies come in many varieties, some with silver, gold or white highlights, making them a great compliment to any decor. Ivy can coexist with many hearty plants and may be used as ground cover at the base of an indoor planter. Used this way, the ivy will grow over the edge of the pot and trail to the floor. Ivy is generally happiest in humid areas with lots of natural light, though it begins to dry out when it gets either too much sun, or not enough humidity.

Light

Indoor ivy should be placed in a spot with good sun exposure, but avoid putting it right on a windowsill. Though ivy requires little care, look for pale leaves or expanded spacing between leaves, both which indicate a light issue. Pale leaves, which occur most often in the summer, mean your plant is getting too much light. Simply move the plant to a more shaded area. Extra spacing between leaves usually means your plant is getting too little light or, in extreme cases, that the plant is too cold. Try moving the plant to a sunnier, warmer area to reverse the trend.

Water

Indoor ivies need water about once a week, but since they thrive in humid environments, make sure to spray the leaves two or three times per week, as well. For weekly watering, place the plant in the sink so that the leaves get wet and the plant can properly drain. Do not leave ivy in standing water. If leaves begin to get dark, you are over watering. Ivy should only be watered when the topsoil feels dry.

Temperatures

While indoor temperatures are generally fine for ivies, watch that your plant does not get too hot or cold, if placed near a window or vent. If a plant is too hot, leaves will dry out and shrivel up. In this case, move the plant to a cooler spot and mist the leaves on a more regular basis. If a plant is too cold, extra spacing will develop between the leaves. Move the plant to a warmer area and mist the leaves to give it more humidity.

Pests

Ivies are susceptible to thrip, a tiny white bug that looks like a small speck moving across a leaf. Your plant may have thrip if the leaves begin to get silvery marks. Treat with insecticide weekly until the condition clears up.

Outdoor Time

Since ivies are happiest outdoors, consider giving your ivy a little vacation every month. Move your pot(s) outdoors for a few days every month, but be careful not to leave them overnight if temperatures will get below 45 degrees.

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