Hedera Ivy Plant

Christina(VIC Aust)June 27, 2005

A friend of mine bought me a small Hedera Ivy plant as a thank you gift. I don't know much about ivy (except that the poison kind is bad!), so I'm wondering what I can do with this. I am been reading a little bit on this site about English ivy (which I think Hedera ivy is?) and it sounds like it is a monster! I live in a townhouse with limited outdoor planting space (which I've used all up) so I think planting this outside won't work for me. Can I pot it and keep it indoors? Any advice would be appreciated!


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lindac(Iowa Z 5/4)

Keep it inside as a pot plant.....wash the leaves with water every week to keep from getting spider mites.
Linda C

    Bookmark   June 27, 2005 at 3:16PM
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greenfingers_ni(Waikato, N.Z)

Yes it's a monster! Whatever you do, don't let it loose in your garden!

They grow quite well in pots inside or on a deck/patio - you can even grow them over wire frames and make them look like topary (?sp) balls and other shapes.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2005 at 3:34PM
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lindac(Iowa Z 5/4)

It won't go crazy in zone 5....too much winter die back.
Linda C

    Bookmark   June 27, 2005 at 6:37PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

All English ivy is in the Hedera genus, helix is the species & there are hundreds, if not thousands, of varieties (or cultivars, if you prefer) of Hedera helix. They are very nice outdoors in a pot where they appreciate shade from at least the midday sun & evenly moist & rich soil. They like a fertilizer with high nitrogen in summer & you can solve the common winter mite problem by overwintering in an attached garage. Linda is right about dieback in zone 5 where it is marginally hardy.


    Bookmark   June 27, 2005 at 6:46PM
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luvdogs(z10? AZ)

I'm a rookie plant owner and I bought one of these at a hardware store. I have it as an indoor in a medium size pot. It was getting quite large (must be an easy keeper) so I just cut the stems back to about a foot or so and I keep it on my (quite small) kitchen counter in a corner. I think it's a nice look.


    Bookmark   June 27, 2005 at 7:39PM
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I have mine planted under a tree that gets morning sun and afternoon shade and seems to be doing nicely. Hasn't become a monster ......yet??? It's climbed up the trunk a little bit but not badly. Also have one by my water pond in full sun and is not doing so well. Hasn't really grown much, thinking of transplanting it soon.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2005 at 2:45PM
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tapla (mid-MI z5b-6a)

It won't be a monster unless it gets its feet on the ground. ;o)


    Bookmark   June 28, 2005 at 3:46PM
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