Swedish ivy grown in hanging baskets makes an excellent houseplant. Vines grow 3 feet or more in length and are covered with rich green or variegated green and white foliage. Scalloped edges on leaves add texture and dimension to this easy to grow plant. Swedish ivy prefers moderate light and moist soil and can be grown outside during summer months. Although plants can be cut back in fall and moved inside, stem cuttings taken in late summer produce a healthier plant for wintertime use.
Select new growth on the terminal end of trailing vines. Old vines grow woody and do not root well. Stems should be firm, green and snap easily for cuttings. Inspect foliage for any signs of insect damage or disease. Healthy cuttings produce healthy seedlings.
Cut a 6-inch section 1/4 to 1/2 inch below a leaf node (the area where a new leaf forms on the stem). This area roots quickly as it contains growth enzymes. Remove leaves from the bottom 2 to 3 inches of the cutting.
Place the cutting in a vase or jar of water. Although it is not necessary, a clear jar is preferred as it allows you to view root formation and to quickly assess the water level.
Set the jar and cutting in an area that receives bright, indirect light. An eastern or northern windowsill is ideal. Southern and western windows provide strong afternoon light and the cutting may become overheated.
Check the cuttings daily and refill the jar to the original level with water. Change water every few days if water becomes stagnant.
Watch for roots to form. Tiny hair roots may be visible within a few days, but may take a week or more. Allow roots to grow until they are about 1 inch long.
Remove the cuttings from the vase and pot in a lightweight potting soil. A mixture of one part peat moss, one part all-purpose potting soil and one part perlite is a good choice. Use care not to damage tender young roots.
Water to moisten the soil and place in indirect light.