How to Clean Boston Ivy


Boston Ivy, also known as Parthenocissus tricuspidata or Japanese Creeper, grows as a deep-green ivy cultivar capable of vigorous climbing or sprawling along the ground. Like many ivy cultivars, the glossy leaves benefit from occasional cleaning and rinsing whether grown indoors or outdoors. Cleaning Boston Ivy removes dust, dirt, spider webs, dead leaves and reduces mite and whitefly infestations.

Step 1

Place indoor and container-grown ivy plants in the shower or sink under gently flowing tepid water to wash the leaf surfaces and vines clean. Tap or shake the excess water from the leaves gently before placing the plant back in its regular location.

Step 2

Wash large containers, planting beds or walls of climbing Boston Ivy with a garden hose fitted with a sprayer attachment. Set the sprayer to a gentle rain or other soft to medium setting that will not bruise or tear apart the ivy leaves. Rinse the leaves and vines until the water that runs from the leaves looks clear or the plant looks refreshed.

Step 3

Wipe the leaves down with a clean paper towel to prevent spotting of the top leaf surface. Wash large stands of ivy in the morning or near midday so the sun dries the water droplets from the leaves rapidly and prevent excessive spotting.

Things You'll Need

  • Shower or hand-held sink sprayer
  • Garden hose with adjustable spray attachment
  • Paper towels


  • University of Connecticut: Parthenocissus tricuspidata
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