Growing English Ivy

Growing English Ivy
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English ivy is a charming houseplant. There are close to a hundred varieties with fancy edged leaves and various shades of green.
Englisy ivy (Hedera helix) needs to be pinched to control growth, and they need to have sufficient humidity as well. Keep them away from heat registers or changes in temperature. If it is dry in your house, you may need to keep your ivy pot on a tray of pebbles to which you add water daily. This will keep the air around it humid.

A small pot English ivy will last up to two years on a table or countertop with just overhead lights rather than sunlight. Ivy doesn't do well in dry air, so mist daily and try to keep in a room where the air circulates nicely and is a temperature of 60-70 degrees. Water ivy regularly and do not let the soil dry out. In the winter it likes a rinse under gently running water to clean and rinse the leaves.

English ivy in a rustic clay pot that has been decorated with a red velvet bow and a layer of Spanish Moss or tiny pine cones on the surface of the soil is perfect for holiday buffet decorations or as an entry way accent. Add a little country charm to your home with ivy!


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Brenda Hyde is a freelance writer living on ten acres in rural Michigan with her husband and three kids. She is a mom, grandma, gardener, cook and writer. She blogs on all of these topics at


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