How to Trim an Ivy Plant


Ivy can either be used as an outdoor ground cover or as a potted plant inside your home. Outdoors, ivy prefers partial to full shade with well-drained garden loam enriched with compost or peat moss. Full sun tends to burn ivy in the winter. Indoors, ivy prefers four or more hours of direct sunlight, but will do satisfactory as long as it receives indirect light. Ivy is a spreading plant and can quickly get out of control if it is not kept in check. It is crucial to trim an ivy plant to keep it looking its best and also to keep it from invading other garden areas.

Step 1

Trim your indoor ivy plant. Take your pruning shears and trim off any ivy that is creeping out of the pot. Ideally you'll want to make your cuts as close to the pot as possible so that your ivy only contains the pot area.

Step 2

Prune your outdoor ivy. Use your pruning shears and cut off any ivy that is leaving its designated area. You may want to trim it back a few inches into its growing area so that it has room to expand.

Step 3

Prevent future excessive growth by providing your ivy with items to grow vertically on. Give it a trellis, stake or other item that it can climbe. Doing this will slow down its outward spread.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears


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