Care Instructions Ivy

Ivy

Ivy, Hedera helix cv. An evergreen trailing plant with green lobed leaves.

Ivy Plant Placement:

Indoors, your ivy plant will grow best receiving bright indirect light and temperatures between 50° and 80°. Humidity inside houses is usually too low and should be increased by misting your ivy plant two or more times per day. This is especially important if household temperatures exceed 65°. The ivy may be grown outdoors in a semi-shady to shady location when the weather warms up in the springtime.


Watering:

The soil should be kept evenly moist with only the top one-half inch of soil drying between watering. Never allow the soil to dry out completely. Apply water thoroughly until it flows out the drain holes. Do not allow the soil to become soggy nor let the pot sit in water or the roots may rot and die back.


Pruning:

Your ivy plant will tend to grow long runners. Cutting the long branches back to the desired length will promote branching and maintain bushiness. To help your ivy retain it's shape, long branches may be wound around the frame, and secured by tucking the branch ends in amongst other branches.


Repotting:

Ivy is a fast growing plant and will benefit from being repotted to a larger pot if it becomes root-bound and low on soil. Use a packaged house plant soil mix or any other loose, well-drained soil.


Insect Control:

Pests that may attack ivy plants are spider mites, mealy bugs, and aphids. High humidity and frequently washing off the leaves of your plant will discourage insect problems. If insects do become a problem, thoroughly spray your plant, including lower leaf surfaces, with a house plant insecticide, following label directions.


Fertilizing:

Apply a general house plant food at half recommended strength every two weeks from March to August. Fertilize only when the soil is moist.


Note:

Plant material such as this product should not be eaten. While most plants are harmless, some contain toxins.