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How To Plant Ivy

Planting ivy is very simple and growing and caring for it is just as easy. Pretty much all the usual varieties of decorative ivy are easily grown indoors as a house plant. Follow some basic instructions listed in this website to enjoy your wonderful ivy plant for years to come.

how to plant ivy

Watch as it grows long vines and you can shape the growth and have some really interesting patterns and designs. Grow it indoors or outside.

Types Of Ivy

Hedera - The Latin name for ivy is Hedera. There are about 15 species of ivies which are evergreen plants. Each of the species have many more varieties. Take English ivy (Hedera helix or Common Ivy) for instance, there are over 100 varieties of English ivy. Some of these include Variegated or Glacier Ivy with the green and white leaves, and Sagittifolia Ivy that has deeply lobed leaves.

Swedish Ivy - Swedish Ivy (Plectranthus verticillatus) is not actually of the Hedera, or ivy, species and, ironically, is native to South-East Africa. It is commonly grown as a house plant. Unlike ivy it does not climb and cling to surfaces using tiny roots when it grows. They have small flowers that range in color from purple to white.

Devils Ivy - Devil's Ivy (Epipremnum aureum) is also known as Pothos and is a true ivy. It has large, heart shaped leaves. Devil's Ivy is also a climber and takes root as it climbs. When growing indoors you will notice long brown nodules growing out of some of the longer vines which are roots.

Facts About Ivy

ivy plant climbing a tree

Most true ivies sold in the USA and Canada are of the Hedera genus. Ivy is a creeping, climbing plant and can grow up trees, up walls and will cover much ground if there is nothing upright to support its climbing ways. When it grows on the ground it can choke out all other growth and create “ivy deserts”.

It is worth noting that some people consider ivy to be invasive and undesirable for example the sale of English or Common Ivy is banned in the state of Oregon.