How to Plant Ivy



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How to Plant Ivy

Ivy is one of the most versatile and popular ground cover plants in the world. Growing ivy is a great choice for hassle-free and healthy landscaping, as it has numerous benefits: it prevents erosion, requires little maintenance or sun, can be grown on very steep hills, and can be used to climb walls and trellises. By following a few simple steps, you can learn how to plant ivy in your own garden.

Steps

  1. Select a species of ivy.Nearly all species of ivy will grow well in anything from full sun to deep shade, and all will provide excellent ground cover and erosion control. The most common species is English Ivy (Hedera helix), although another popular variety is Algerian Ivy (Hedera Canariensis), which sports broad, 8 inch (20 cm) leaves. You should plant the ivy in spring.
  2. Select a spot for growing the ivy.Ivy works well in nearly any location, but it is especially useful for addressing difficult gardening spots. Steep hills, which are hard to plant with grass or other plants due to erosion concerns, are perfect for ivy. Ivy also works well in very shady areas that would otherwise need to be mulched. You can also consider planting ivy to grow up a wall or trellis.
  3. Water the soil thoroughly before planting the ivy.New ivy plants will grow best in soil that is very moist.
  4. Dig holes for the plants.For planting English Ivy and most other species, the holes should be about 12 inches (30 cm) apart and about 6 inches (15 cm) deep. The depth of the hole should be just enough to accommodate the root of the new plant.
  5. Set the new plants into the holes.Place the root of each new plant or trimming into a hole, and fill the rest of the hole with soil. Ivy will grow best in loamy soil with a high concentration of organic matter. Prune the visible section of the plant to about 6 inches (15 cm).
  6. Avoid fertilizing the new plants for at least 3 months.Once they are established, fertilize them every 2 months (during spring and summer) with an all-purpose fertilizer. Adding compost to the surrounding soil will also boost the ivy's growth and improve the soil.
  7. Propagate the ivy as needed.Ivy multiplies very readily, so you may not need to do any propagating. If you do, you can simply pin any portion of the ivy's stem down to the soil, and it will develop new roots at that point. You can also propagate ivy from leaf cuttings, but pinning the stems down is generally more effective.
  8. Control the ivy as needed.Ivy reproduces very rapidly, and is considered an invasive species. If you are planting ivy, you should make a commitment to keep it contained within your garden. If ivy is allowed to spread freely, it can disrupt the nutrient cycles in your local ecosystem.

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  • Question
    Can I just cut off a 6 inch piece of an existing plant and re-plant it for new growth?
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    Community Answer
    Yes, but try to make sure it's part of the stem, although you can still propagate ivy from cuttings.
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  • Question
    If I pull ivy out of the ground with a good root system on it, can I transfer it into the ground somewhere else?
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    Community Answer
    Yes. Ivies are very resilient, but only if small roots are intact; if any root has been stripped of its outer layer of tissue, it needs to be removed.
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  • Question
    Can I plant ivy in the winter?
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    Community Answer
    Depends on where you live. If you live near the poles, then you cannot, because it is just way too cold. You can always get a greenhouse though.
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  • Question
    Is it okay to put the fabric under the mulch with ground ivy?
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    Community Answer
    Putting the fabric under the mulch is an effective technique.
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  • Question
    How does ivy do in high sunlight?
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    Community Answer
    In the sun, ivy tends to actually burn more than grow at the roots, but the leaves will stay green and fresh. I would recommend planting ivy in the early spring while the rain is still around.
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  • Question
    Can I plant ivy in pots to grow up and around wiring to form a privacy fence?
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    Community Answer
    No, but you might be able to accomplish this if you plant the ivy in the ground instead of in pots.
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  • Question
    Will my ivy go into waste pipes and septic systems?
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    Community Answer
    It could. Don't plant too near waste pipes or septic systems, to prevent this from happening.
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Unanswered Questions
  • How much water does my ivy need through the summer period?
  • Should I mulch my new ivy plants when I plant them?
  • I would like ivy to grow up and over my trellis. Can I use pots in the four corners? How large should they be? When should I plant the ivy to assure the trellis is covered throughout the summer? Also, does it regrow each spring?
  • Seen ivy with something wrapped around the base? Why?
  • Can I plant ivy in the summer?
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