Ivy Care Guide
With their long tendrils and distinct leaves, Ivy plants are recognizable from a half mile away. Its lush appearance and fresh growth make the ivy a popular choice for plant parents. Caring for Ivy is fairly easy, so new plant parents should rejoice!
Ivy like to be moist, but not saturated or dry. It does not do well with drought! Water when the top inch is dry, which you can figure out by using a moisture meter or poking your finger into the dirt up to your first knuckle. Make sure to empty the drainage tray as well, so it is not left sitting in water.
Light and humidity
Ivy are very tolerant plants, so they can handle a little bit of abuse every now and then…but they do love bright, indirect light. If they are variegated and not getting enough light, they will gradually lose the variegation until proper light is restored.
Soil and fertilizer
Keep the Ivy in clean, well-draining soil. Since they prefer to be slightly on the dry side, it is imperative that the soil drains well, otherwise it can lead to root rot. Make sure to empty the drainage tray as well, so it is not left sitting in water. Ivy can be fertilized in the spring through the fall, but not during the winter, which is their dormant period.
Cleaning and pruning
Clean the leaves of your Ivy by gently wiping it with water and a soft cloth. Pruning encourages new growth, and since ivy grow quickly, you will want to trim it regularly to keep it tidy. Simply use clean, sharp scissors to cut the stems to the appropriate length. Ivy are prone to pests, so give them a good wash in the shower every now and then to keep them healthy and keep bugs at bay.
Ivy can be propagated from cuttings placed directly into soil, making them simple to grow. For an added boost, you can dip the edge of the stems into a growth hormone before potting.
Ivy don’t need to be repotted frequently, so look to increase their space only every 12-18 months or so. Try to repot during the spring or summer, during the growing season.
With proper care, Ivy are simple to grow indoors – and they look fantastic on top of bookshelves and kitchen cabinets! They need bright, indirect light and regular cleaning. Ivy is also toxic to pets, so keep them out of the reach of your furry friends!