How to Take Care of Ivy Glacier
How to Take Care of Ivy Glacier
English Ivy is an elegant accent plant with lobed leaves and lush, trailing vines. Small-leafed ivies add texture to a dish garden and blend beautifully with a variety of tropical plants.
Although it is commonly grown as an indoor hanging plant, its aerial roots can be easily trained to climb a moss stick or trellis. If you’re feeling particularly daring, train ivy on a topiary.
When given enough light and moisture, English ivy grows quickly. You should repot it in the spring every couple of years to give it a slightly larger pot to grow in and to refresh the soil. Don’t go from a small container to a much larger one (no matter how lovely it is), because the larger container will hold too much water, which can cause root rot.
English Ivy Varieties
There are hundreds of ivy varieties, some with plain green leaves and others with yellow, gold, or creamy white variegation. There are a few different named varieties to choose from.
‘Itsy Bitsy’ is a small variety, as the name implies.
The leaves on ‘Curlilocks’ are wavy.
Among those with variegated leaves is ‘Gold Child,’ which is splashed with yellow-gold, white, and gray shades.
green leaves of ‘Glacier’ ivy are edged in creamy white.
Growing Indoor Ivy
Growing ivy indoors is simple as long as you provide the plant with what it requires to thrive – not just the bare minimum. Light is the most important aspect of indoor ivy glacier care. All true ivies require a lot of light.
Variegated cultivars can tolerate medium light, but their variegation will become less pronounced in lower light levels. Inside ivy plants will become leggy and sickly if not given enough light. They will also be more susceptible to pests.
Indoor Ivy Glacier Care
Always check the soil before adding water to your ivy. Ivies prefer a slightly dry environment, so let the soil dry out (dry to the touch on top) before watering your ivy glacier again. These plants don’t really like still standing water or excessively wet soil, so make absolutely sure your plant has proper drainage.
Ivy glacier care should also include regular fertilizing. Fertilize your ivy once a month with a water-soluble, nitrogen-rich fertilizer in the spring, summer, and fall. Do not fertilize in the winter because the ivy is dormant and the fertilizer may cause more harm than good. Periodic washing of ivy houseplants removes dust and pests from their leaves.
To clean your ivy glacier, simply place it in the shower and let the water run over it for a few minutes. If you discover a serious pest infestation on the plant, you may need to bring the spray closer to the plant to help knock off all the pests. You can also put neem oil on the leaves once you’ve washed away all the pests and dirt off the leaves.
What lighting does Ivy Glacier like?
Ivies prefer medium light, but they can also thrive in bright light. While ivies can technically grow in low light indoors, they won’t be thriving and most likely will not last long.
If you have an ivy variety with white variegation on the leaves, it prefers less direct light than those with green leaves, so try varieties like ‘Ingrid Liz,’ ‘Little Hermann,’ and ‘Nena.’ Too much sunlight can cause damage to variegated leaves – those varieties do best in medium-light.
How much water to give Ivy Glacier plants?
When watering your ivy, try not to be overly enthusiastic, because ivy really hates wet soil. Wait until the top inch or so of the potting mix is dry before watering. It is preferable to keep this houseplant a little too dry rather than a little too wet. (This is true for the majority of houseplants.) Also, ensure that the pot in which the ivy is growing has drainage holes.
So here’s something that will catch you off guard: Overwatering your ivy will cause the leaves to turn brown and dry on the edges. This symptom suggests that the plant requires more water. The plant roots are drowning as a result of the excessive moisture in the leaves. Overly wet roots are unable to deliver nutrients and even water to the plant – so you’ll want to keep your ivy dry.
But keep in mind, a stressed plant is one that is overly dry. A stressed plant is also more vulnerable to insect infestations, wilting, and disease. Winter is unfortunately particularly harsh on ivies. The plants are stressed by low light levels and dry air from furnaces and fireplaces. When plants are stressed, pests like spider mites may attack. These suckers (literally, they suck the juices right out of the plant leaves) prefer warm, dry conditions. You’ll know if you have spider mites if you see little weblike structures on the undersides of leaves. The mites themselves are tiny and black, resembling pin-prick specs of dirt. They reproduce quickly, so you could be dealing with an infestation before you know it.
Humidity levels for Ivy Glacier
While ivies do not prefer overly wet soil, they do prefer moist air. You can raise the humidity level in your home – or at the very least around your plants.
To accomplish this: Fill a saucer halfway with pebbles, then halfway with water. When you place your ivy on the pebbles, the water evaporates, increasing the humidity around the plant.
Maintain a relative humidity of 40% or higher around the plant. Mist with water or place English ivy on a tray of wet pebbles to increase humidity. In the winter, humidity levels can plummet dramatically, so it’s best to use a cool-mist room humidifier if your home becomes too dry.
Best temperature for Ivy Glacier
Ivy Leaguers prefer cool temperatures.
Ivies are cold-weather plants that originated in central and northern Europe. (English ivy is not a native plant; colonial settlers brought it to the United States.) As a result, unlike some tropical plants, ivies do not tolerate extremely hot temperatures indoors.
They thrive in cool rooms with temperatures ranging from 50 to 70°F.
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Should you prune?
This plant loves to grow, so if you’re going to grow it in a hanging basket, make sure it’s hanging somewhere where it can trail freely, away from any obstacles it might feel the need to latch onto.
It may also try to climb up the hanging attachment of the basket and onto your ceiling. If it does, untangle it gently at first and lay it over the basket where you want it to trail.
Give it a trellis or something to climb on if you’re growing it in a pot. It’s much easier to keep ivy on a single trellis than it is to keep it from growing at all.
Regular pruning also aids in the control of ivy. Unlike rose bushes and trees, ivy can be pruned with your hands or clippers. For the best results, cut it just above a leaf.
And there is no set season for pruning ivy; you can prune your plant whenever you need to.
Why are my Ivy Glacier leaves wilted?
Leaves will wilt in either dry or consistently wet soil. Overwatering is the most common cause of root rot. It is best to use a container with drainage holes, thoroughly water it, and then empty the drainage tray. In the winter, when growth is slower, water less frequently.
What to do when Ivy leaves are dry?
Cool, moist air and evenly moist soil will aid in the growth of your English Ivy indoors. Keep it away from drafts and heating vents. To keep the plant’s leaves from drying out, mist them frequently. Misting also helps to keep spider mites away from this plant.
Is Ivy Glacier poisonous?
Yes. If eaten, English ivy leaves are poisonous and can cause skin irritation. Wear gloves when working with this plant and keep it away from children, cats, and dogs.