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How to Care for Hanging Ivy Plants

By Jennifer Loucks ; Updated September 21, 2017
English ivy is a popular houseplant.
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English ivy is a climbing vine plant native to Europe. The plant grows well in a hanging pot and is found around the world except in the tropics. Most varieties of English ivy are hardy growing outdoors in USDA zones 4 through 8; however, this plant is found most commonly as a houseplant. The vine-like foliage is attractive when allowed to hang naturally or can be trained to grow as topiary. English ivy has few problems with insect pests and is not susceptible to common houseplant diseases.

Plant the hanging English ivy in a container approximately 2 inches in diameter larger than the root ball, with drainage holes. Set the plant in a nutrient-rich, well-draining potting soil.

Hang the plant in a location that offers bright, indirect sunlight. Indoor English ivy does not perform well with hot direct sun and will have reduced leaf coloring when placed in low light. Make sure the location offers a temperature of 50 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit during the day.

Water the English ivy once the soil becomes dry to a depth of 1/2 inch. English ivy prefers moderate amounts of humidity but will tolerate low levels in a home. Increase the humidity around the plant by filling a tray with stones and water and setting the plant on top. Do not set the plant directly in water. Set the ivy on a plant stand that allows the foliage to hang when using a humidity tray.

Fertilize the hanging English ivy with a balanced houseplant fertilizer during the active growing months. Stop fertilizer applications during the hot summer and cold winters as the plant is not actively growing during these conditions.

Repot hanging English ivy plants once they become rootbound in the growing container or top-heavy. Transplant the ivy to a container 1 inch in diameter larger then the previous container. Planting in a large container can cause root rot from excess moisture.

Propagate new English ivy plants by taking foliage tip cuttings while the plant is growing. Place the cuttings in a container of water to stimulate root growth. Transplant the cuttings to individual containers filled with potting soil once the roots reach a length of 1 inch.


Things You Will Need

  • Hanging container
  • Potting soil
  • Water
  • Tray
  • Stones
  • Balanced houseplant fertilizer
  • Plant clipper
  • Topiary frame


  • Hanging English ivy plants can be trained to grow around a topiary structure. Stick a wire-shaped structure into the container and gently work the ivy around the frame. Prune the plant frequently to maintain the topiary shape.

About the Author


Jennifer Loucks has been writing since 1998. She previously worked as a technical writer for a software development company, creating software documentation, help documents and training curriculum. She now writes hobby-based articles on cooking, gardening, sewing and running. Loucks also trains for full marathons, half-marathons and shorter distance running. She holds a Bachelor of Science in animal science and business from University of Wisconsin-River Falls.