The beautiful, fast growing ivy (Hedera) – for all around the home, be it hall, bedroom or bathroom. Hedera will also thrive in the garden or on the patio! This strong plant with its decoratively marked leaves is easy to grow.
Ivy (Hedera helix) comes from the temperate climes of Europe. It grows in woods and forests climbing through the trees but is just as happy creeping along the ground.
Hedera is self climber, the stems have small suction cups at regular intervals along the stems which helps them to attach onto any surface, they are not feeders.
Indoors, Hedera is often grown as a hanging plant too – which is not a problem for this plant and it will look very decorative.
New research has classified Hedera into the ivy family (Araliaceae).
Temperature : Choose a warm place in the living room for your Hedera helix, but really, a cool spot like a bedroom or bathroom will not be a problem
Lighting preference : I English Ivy is happiest when placed in indirect light and sometimes even in full shade. Never put them in sunny locations as this will dry out the soil and will result in pale leaves, stunted growth and crisping leaves.
Irrigation of water : Water less in the winter keeping the plant slightly drier and cooler. Wait until spring to resume watering and feeding. The plant will require less water in cooler surroundings.
Humidity : The Hedera helix likes to be kept humid so we recommend spraying the leaves regularly with rainwater, it will then remain beautiful. If the air is too dry, the edges of the leaves will dry and curl.
Fertilization and feeding : This ivy plant is a fast grower without needing much feeding – if you do feed it, use plant food for leafy plants.
Soil : Use a well-aerated soil that retains water but still drains quickly. Add sand to the potting mixture if the soil becomes too heavy and compact.
Toxicity :Toxic to humans and pets
Diseases : Check the plant’s underleaves and cubbyholes occasionally for spider mites, mealybugs, aphids, scale, thrips, whitefly, blackfly, vine weevils and root mealybugs.
• The ivy is a vigorous plant that adapts well to all situations but given too little water it will possibly lose its leaves and look less attractive.
• If a shoot gets too long and bare, just cut it back and the plant will rejuvenate.
• Give the ivy something to climb up if you want it to climb. Bamboo canes will suffice but a ready made climbing frame can look good.