Fast Growth & Easy Care for this Common Ivy!
A popular indoor houseplant grown for its trailing vines and beautiful foliage, the English Ivy shrub, Hedera helix, or Common Ivy, is great for either indoor or outdoor use.
With dark green leaves the indoor Ivy plant can add a pop of color to any room or landscape it is planted in. The heart-shaped leaves are strictly ornamental and will stay attached to the woody vines all year long even during winter.
It is a vigorously growing evergreen perennial that will spread to the area it is planted in as a ground cover. The English Ivy grows best where it can attach itself to something to grow along such as a wall, fence, trellis, or other structure. Another option would be to have it in a hanging basket where its long vines can be seen and enjoyed.
English Ivy Care Indoors
Grow the common ivy across the United States in USDA hardiness zones 4-11. It can be grown indoors or outdoors with ease and prefers well-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. We recommend using a pot with a drainage hole if being planted in a container.
The fast-growing evergreen vine can reach up to 10 feet long and up to 1 foot tall at maturity. It is commonly seen shorter in baskets where the stems will trail downwards.
How to Take Care of an Ivy Plant
Water thoroughly until well established. It will need more water in hotter areas and will benefit from a thick layer of mulch at the base of the root ball in colder locations to help retain moisture and protect itself. It is easy to grow in a wide range of climates and can adapt to most sites it in planted in. The ornamental plant has some drought tolerance once established but evenly moist soil will provide the most even foliage color distribution amongst the leaves.
Bright, indirect light is best to keep the Ivy looking clean and proper. Direct sunlight will scorch the delicate leaves and cause them to turn brown. A full shaded or part shaded area outdoors or behind a curtain indoors near a window is best to keep the ivy plant happy in low light. When growing ivy indoors use a well-draining potting soil that has perlite in it to help aerate the roots.
English Ivy will benefit from an annual application of slow release fertilizer to give it a good boost of nutrients to encourage growth. You can prune the ivy at any time to maintain the desired size and shape.
The Hedera Helix Ivy vines are deer and rabbit resistant. We recommend planting this in your winter garden or as an indoor plant.
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Check out our Indoor Plant Care Guide for more information regarding how to cultivate these house plants.
Once your English Ivy Shrub order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.
Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.
No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.
Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.
We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.
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Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.
Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!
Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.
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Choose a planting location that offers adequate sunlight and shade in a low traffic area. Allow proper clearance for the mature growth size. Well-drained soil is ideal. Water regularly for the first planted year to ensure adequate water is available for establishing a strong root system. Prune as necessary to remove any damaged or dead foliage and to promote a well-balanced structure.
Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.
Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.
Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.
A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.
To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your plant our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!
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Full Shade / Partial Sun
Mature Width 10 ft
Mature Height 1 ft
Growing Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11