Hedera helix, commonly known as English ivy, is a vigorous, fast-growing, woody evergreen perennial that is primarily grown as a climbing vine or trailing ground cover. Although commonly grown as a hanging plant indoors, its aerial roots can easily be trained to climb a moss stick or trellis.
It thrive in cold and low light situations. According to NASA it is one of the best air purifier plant that removes harmful chemicals like benzene, formaldehyde, xylene from the surrounding air.
*above specification are indicative only. actual dimensions may vary by +-10%
English ivy, common ivy
Maximum Reachable Height
Up to 80 feet
Easy to grow
Planting and care
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Keep the plant outdoor in bright light of about 4-5 hours.
Protect the English Ivy from harsh sunlight as it can cause damage to the foliage.
The soil should be well drained and fertile for growing English Ivy.
Water the plant when the topsoil (1-2 inch) in pot feels dry to touch.
Do not ever overwater the plant.
Water thoroughly in the summer and reduce watering in winter and rainy season.
Application of Fertilizer
During the main growing season (April - August) feed the English Ivy with organic fertilizer once a month.
Loosen the topsoil without disturbing the roots of the plant so it can uptake the nutrients and moisture easily.
Pruning of English Ivy should be done in spring before new growth starts.
Simply pinch or snap the vine with your fingers just above a leaf, or prune the plant with clippers or scissors.
When a plant outgrows in current pot, re-pot with fresh potting soil and some fertilizer.
Do the re-potting late evening and keep the plant in shady area for 2 to 3 days and then move the plant in its suitable climatic condition.
Remove dead, infected or damaged plant parts and discard them away from the plants.
For any insect attack or disease, you can use Neem oil, Eucalyptus oil or Citrus oil spray for primary treatment.
Hedera Helix care
Initial care for 1-2 weeks after receiving plant at your location:
Check the moisture in the soil before watering it.
Poke your finger into the soil, if dry then apply water.
Keep the plant in indirect bright light after that move it to direct sunlight.
Do not re-pot immediately after receiving it.
Key requirements to keep plant healthy:
Full Sun to partial shade
10 to 27 degrees Celsius
Apply any organic fertilizer
Hedera Helix special feature
Excellent air purifier plant.
Hedera Helix uses
It makes an excellent container or house plant
It can also be grown in hanging basket or as ground cover
Frequently Asked Questions
How to propagate english ivy plant?
You can propagate the English ivy plant through cuttings and seeds. You can propagate English ivy in the pot(6 inches) as well as in-ground consider the following points to propagate the English ivy plant.
cut a length of ivy vine up to 4 feet (1 m.) long. Cut the vine into multiple pieces, with each piece having one or two leaves. Make each cut directly above a leaf, and trim the stem below the leaf to about one inch. Dip the end of each stem in rooting hormone powder. Fill the 1/3 pot with well-drained soil rich in organic content and place the cutting in the center of the pot. Fill the remaining pot with the same soil. Keep the plant in indirect bright light location for 2-3 days and then gradually move to a location that receives 4-6 hours of direct sunlight.
Is english ivy a house plant?
Yes, English ivy is one of the popular house plants.
How to revive an english ivy plant?
Make sure your English ivy plant is getting enough amount of bright indirect sunlight, water it when the upper layer of the soil (1-2 inch)feels dry to touch. Check the moisture in the soil before watering it, Poke your finger into the soil, if the upper layer of soil(1-2 inch) feels dry to touch apply water. Do not overwater the plant. This plant does not like to sit in waterlogged soil, so drainage is important to prevent rot. Check the drainage hole to allow excess water to escape. Protect your plant from a cold climate by keeping it in a mildly warm and dry location. Feed it with any organic nitrogen-rich fertilizer once a month.
How does english ivy plant look like?
The plant produces multitudes of heart-shape leaves that come in a variety of colors, from dark to light green as well as variegated forms. English ivy s a vining plant that smothers buildings and races across the ground.
What is english ivy plant?
English ivy (Hedera helix) is a very vigorous and aggressive woody evergreen vine.
Is english ivy indoor plant?
Yes, It is a easy to grow indoors.
How to start english ivy plants?
Sunlight Keep the plant outdoor in indirect bright light. Protect the plant from the afternoon direct harsh sunlight as it can cause damage to the foliage. Soil The soil should be well-drained and fertile rich in organic content. Watering Poke your finger/plain small stick into the soil to check the moisture. Water when topsoil (1-2 inches) feels dry to touch. Water thoroughly in the summer and reduce watering in winter and rainy season. Application of Fertilizer During the main growing season feed the plant with organic fertilizer once a month. Loosen the topsoil without disturbing the roots of the plant so it can uptake the nutrients and moisture easily.
Can english ivy be planted in the fall?
Yes, you can plant English ivy in the fall(September-November).
How to care english ivy plant?
1. Sunlight- 4-6 hours of natural direct bright sunlight is required.
2. Soil- Soil or potting mixture should be well-drained, fertile and nutrient-rich.
3. Water-Water the plant when 1-2 inch surface soil layer feels dry to touch.
4. Fertilizer - Apply any organic fertilizer once a month. Note - For further details check the product description on nurserylive.com
How many english ivy plants do I need?
It depends on the availability of the area.
Does english ivy kill other plants?
No, English ivy Does not kill other plants.
Why is my english ivy plant dying?
It is maybe due to Insufficient light, less or overwatering and cold temperature. So make sure your plant is getting enough amount of bright indirect sunlight, water it when the upper layer of the soil(1-2 inches) feels dry to touch. Check the moisture in the soil before watering it, Poke your finger into the soil, if dry then apply water. Do not overwater the plant. This plant doesn’t like to sit in waterlogged soil, so drainage is important to prevent rot. Check the drainage hole to allow excess water to escape. Protect your plant from a cold climate by keeping it in a mildly warm and dry location. Feed it with any organic nitrogen-rich fertilizer once a month.