Question about ivy

LullabyF360January 28, 2013

My sister-in-law has a bunch of ivy. I don't know the species, but she bought it some number of years ago. You can imagine that it has now taken over parts of her garden. She plans to cut back the vines to groom things up. She asked me if I knew if ivy could be started from cuttings, & if they could, she would give me what she cuts off. I told her that I have no clue if ivy could be grown that way. I have never heard of it being propagated this way, but then again I am a newbie gardener. I can google things as much as I want, however I prefer the voice of someone who has experience with what I seek to know or would just plain know if it possible. Thanks.

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docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)

If the ivy she has is English Ivy, then I think it can be started from cuttings. However, English Ivy is considered a dangerously invasive plant that can destroy native plants by simply growing right over them and smothering them. Birds also eat the seeds and carry them to wild areas where the ivy then grows and out-competes the native plants that our native insects, birds and animals depend on to live. I would make sure you know exactly what it is that you are considering planting. There are other vines that can be grown, such as Virginia Creeper, which is a native and provides protection, food and places for many moths to lay their eggs. Good luck in your gardening.

Martha

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