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The Best Way to Transplant Ivy Plants

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Ivy is a voracious grower and produces plenty of vines within a short time. Anywhere the vines touch moist soil; you can expect to find roots within a few weeks. Whether you have a potted ivy plant or a patch of ivy growing outside, the new little plants that form are excellent for transplanting. There is no special time for transplanting since as soon as the ivy encounters warmer temperatures, it will start growing again, even if it is the dead of winter.

Locate the base of the ivy plant that needs to be transplanted by lifting a branch until you find its roots. You will want to cut off any other runners that either run from the mother plant or to another plant. Typically, the runners do not have very many leaves on them.

Loosen the roots from the soil by using a small hand shovel so you get as many roots as possible without snapping them. Dig around and then under the ivy plant, lifting the roots from the ground.

Prepare the new site by digging a hole twice as big as the root ball. Add a mix of soil made up of 50 percent root mulch, 25 percent perlite and 25 percent humus. If you are transplanting into a plant pot, simply place the soil mixture in the pot.

Push aside the soil to make room for the roots of your ivy plant. Set the ivy in place, and cover its roots with the prepared soil mixture. Tamp it down with the heel of your palm to make good soil contact.

Water the ivy immediately after planting. It will not need further water unless you see it is actually wilting.


Ivy is very resilient; even if some of its roots are broken, the plant will recover quickly.


Ivy is an attractive plant, but without some constraints placed on its growth, the plant will become invasive.

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