How to Take Softwood Cuttings From Ivy


When you have a healthy and vibrant ivy plant that is actively growing, use it to propagate new ones by taking softwood cuttings and rooting them. A softwood cutting is a cutting that you take from a new growth stem of the ivy plant. These soft stems root quickly and easily when you place them in simple potting soil.

Step 1

Fill the planting container to the top with potting soil. Spray the surface of the soil with the spray bottle to moisten.

Step 2

Select a softwood stem from the ivy plant. Choose a stem with both mature leaves near the base and newer and smaller leaves at the top. Bend the stem between your fingers approximately 8 inches from the end to break it off. If the stem snaps cleanly at the point you bend it, it's suitable for rooting.

Step 3

Remove all but three pairs of leaves growing at the top of the stem to create a long, leafless stem for inserting into the soil.

Step 4

Insert the bottom inch of the stem into rooting hormone, if you desire, but rooting hormone is not required to propagate the softwood cutting.

Step 5

Make a hole in the center of the planting container and insert the bottom of the stem into the potting soil approximately 3 inches.

Step 6

Place the plastic bag over the top of the planting container and secure the bag with the rubber band. Place the container in a warm location.

Step 7

Spray the soil surface each day to keep it evenly moist.

Step 8

Remove the plastic bag when you see new growth appear on the ivy stem. New growth indicates root growth beneath the soil. This typically occurs within three weeks.

Step 9

Care for the rooted softwood stem as you would care for any ivy plant.

Things You'll Need

  • 6-inch planting container
  • Potting soil
  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • Ivy plant
  • Pruning shears
  • Rooting hormone (optional)
  • Plastic bag
  • Rubber band


  • N.C. State University: Plant Propagation
Keywords: ivy plant, propagate ivy plants, softwood cuttings ivy

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