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How to Plant Ivy Clippings

By M.H. Dyer ; Updated September 21, 2017

If you're looking for a versatile, carefree houseplant, ivy may be just what you're looking for. Ivy can cascade gracefully over a hanging basket, it will climb up a trellis, or it can be shaped into an indoor topiary. Depending on the variety, the leaves can be large or small, dark green, or striped in shades of silver, cream, gold, yellow and gray. To grow a new ivy plant, just start with a clipping from a mature plant.

Use clean scissors to cut a clipping from a healthy ivy plant. The clipping should be 4 to 6 inches long, with the cut made just above a leaf node, which is a protuberance on the vine where a leaf is about to emerge.

Fill a clean jar or glass with water. Strip the leaves from the lower half of the ivy clipping, and put the clipping in the water. Don't allow the ivy leaves to fall under the water, because they will rot. It may be helpful to put a piece of wire mesh in the jar to prevent the ivy from falling down in the water.

Put the ivy clipping in a warm room. It should be in bright, but indirect light. It's fine to put the clipping in a window that doesn't get hot afternoon sun.

Add fresh water to the jar as needed to maintain the same water level. If the water isn't clear, pour it out and fill the jar with clean water. The ivy clipping should show roots in 2 to 3 weeks.

Plant the ivy clipping in a 3 or 4-inch pot with a drainage hole when the clipping shows several roots about an inch long. Don't wait for the roots to grow too large. The ivy clipping will transplant more successfully with a small root system. The container should be filled with damp potting mixture. Be sure to use commercial potting mixture rather than garden soil.

Put the ivy plant in a bright but indirect light. Water the ivy moderately when the top one-half inch of the soil is dry to the touch.


Things You Will Need

  • Clean scissors
  • Clean jar or glass
  • Wire mesh (optional)
  • 3 or 4-inch container with drainage hole
  • Commercial potting mixture

About the Author


M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.