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Hedera Ivy Plant

Posted by
Christina 5
(cvel2@allstate.com) on
Mon, Jun 27, 05 at 14:44

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!

Thanks!


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RE: Hedera Ivy Plant

  • Posted by Lindac Iowa Z 5/4 (My Page) on
    Mon, Jun 27, 05 at 15:16

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


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RE: Hedera Ivy Plant

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.


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RE: Hedera Ivy Plant and more

  • Posted by Lindac Iowa Z 5/4 (My Page) on
    Mon, Jun 27, 05 at 18:37

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


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RE: Hedera Ivy Plant

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a MI (My Page) on
    Mon, Jun 27, 05 at 18:46

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.

Al


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RE: Hedera Ivy Plant

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.

vicky


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RE: Hedera Ivy Plant

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.


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RE: Hedera Ivy Plant

  • Posted by tapla z5b-6a MI (My Page) on
    Tue, Jun 28, 05 at 15:46

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

Al


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