Plant Care English Ivy

English Ivy

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About English Ivy

Plants in the Hedera genus are commonly known as Ivy, and are native to Eurasia and northern Africa although they've been introduced and are now common in the Americas and Australia. They're excellent climbers and have been known to grow on buildings and trees to over 100ft/30m tall! 🪜 You'll often see wreathes of ivy in Ancient Roman works of art, as they were believed to prevent intoxication. 🍷

Taxonomy

Hedera helix
Hedera
Araliaceae
Apiales

Also known as

Ivy, Common Ivy, Little Hermann Vvy, Garland Ivy, Dark Pittsburgh Ivy, Royal Hustler Ivy, Ingrid Liz Ivy, designer Ivy and kings choice ivy

How to care for English Ivy

Water

How often to water your English Ivy

Water needs for English Ivy
0.5 cups
every 9

English Ivy needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Aloha, Oregon.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of English Ivy

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size

5"
Light

Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for English Ivy in Aloha, Oregon

Aloha, Oregon

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Finding light for English Ivy in your home

Light needs and placement for plant English Ivy: 3ft from a window
3ft or less from
a window

English Ivy may have difficulty thriving, and will drop leaves 🍃, without ample sunlight.

Place it less than 3 feet from a south-facing window to keep it happy during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Aloha, Oregon ⛅.

Nutrients

How to fertilize English Ivy

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for English Ivy: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your English Ivy after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

English Ivy is generally easy to care for, though some plant parents report facing challenges with growing it. Check out the reviews down below to read more about their experiences!


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Care Summary for English Ivy

English Ivy

English Ivy


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 3ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Aloha, Oregon, the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

English Ivy has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 316
English Ivy has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 245
English Ivy has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 110
English Ivy has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 101
English Ivy has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 89
English Ivy has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 29
English Ivy has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 21
Vikas_plants avatar
@Vikas_plants
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 85 XP
04/05/2022

It’s not a beginner plant

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Browns easily Browns easily
Idealsalad avatar
@Idealsalad
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 71 XP
globe Ayden, NC
04/02/2022

Make sure you have an appropriate size pot.

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Cobie avatar
@Cobie
leaf-1 15 Plants
xp 512 XP
03/19/2022

it grows VERY fast and you will have to trim it quite a lot

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Execjavamoss avatar
@Execjavamoss
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 31 XP
globe Maricopa, AZ
03/14/2022

Give it some light

Fast grower Fast grower
Yessalad avatar
@Yessalad
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 69 XP
globe Augusta, ME
02/27/2022

Love my Ivy baby

Fast grower Fast grower
Haleyd111 avatar
@Haleyd111
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 1,079 XP
02/04/2022

great plant! doesnt need too much watering!

Survivor Survivor
Roberto avatar
@Roberto
leaf-1 0 Plants
xp 36 XP
globe New York
01/28/2022

great plant foliage for my kitchen window in a nyc apartment

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Lauren avatar
@Lauren
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 26 XP
globe Kings Park, NY
01/23/2022

This ivy plant seems to need room temp with semi light. Water every 4-6 days.

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
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@Georgiakatex
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 112 XP
01/10/2022

This plant is super easy to take care of, you should only need to water it every 6-10 days in the summer and every 10-14 days in the winter. Keep it away from direct sunlight. Grows quite quickly so choose the spot for your plant wisely.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
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@Fasttawapou
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 36 XP
globe Beaumont, CA
01/05/2022

i instantly fell in love with this plant when i saw it, the leaves are beautiful and the plant itself was just gorgeous

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Survivor Survivor
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@Planteuphoria
leaf-1 60 Plants
xp 3,402 XP
globe Foley, AL
12/29/2021

I love my Ivy plant. It’s not fussy at all. It’s in an east facing window with indirect light and it’s loving it. I let it dry out between waterings.

Fast grower Fast grower
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@Mossycabbages
leaf-1 74 Plants
xp 3,152 XP
12/28/2021

This plant grows very quickly but can be kind of dramatic when underwatered

Fast grower Fast grower
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@Eternalcaleypea
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 98 XP
globe Conroe, TX
12/26/2021

Difficult plant in my experience. But I do not have a green thumb

Leigh avatar
@Leigh
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 100 XP
globe Noblesville, IN
12/07/2021

Needs good drainage! Also make sure it’s no receiving light that’s too intense or it will burn the leaves. Perfect for a kitchen house plant

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Adrienne avatar
@Adrienne
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 72 XP
globe Arcadia, CA
12/06/2021

Starting ivy is not for the faint of heart, but if you screw up you can keep trying until you figure it out

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
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@Opheliaio
leaf-1 22 Plants
xp 1,687 XP
globe Attleboro, MA
12/03/2021

everyone says ivies are super easy but i disagree. i live in a dry room and she needs constant misting and watering to stay alive and keep spider mites away (her biggest problem). she is leggy and her leaves are sparse, and often drops leaves. i put her in a west-facing window for a week which encouraged a lot of new growth but also lots of browned leaves. would probably thrive best in a humid environment in a north or south facing window.

Fast grower Fast grower
Browns easily Browns easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Valentheral avatar
@Valentheral
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 101 XP
11/16/2021

English Ivy is a beautiful addition to any collection with its elegant leaves and sleek stem. They’re very low maintenance, but do require more water than one might think. Sometimes the leaves can get a little dry if you live in an arid climate, so I like to mist Esmeralda’s leaves occasionally. These are SUPER easy to propagate—just cut a piece of stem with some leaves and stick it in water (the roots do take a little longer than most, so just be sure to change the water frequently to prevent slimy roots). As with any plant, English Ivy enjoys a little bit of fertilizer now and then—when I give Es some, her leaves perk up significantly.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Survivor Survivor
Fast grower Fast grower
Morgs avatar
@Morgs
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 1,017 XP
globe Chicago, IL
11/15/2021

The most beautiful plant!! As it grows it will have these beautiful long veins that amazing! Keep up with watering or it will brown. Easy plant to keep happy & looks very pretty!

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Chijioke avatar
@Chijioke
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 155 XP
globe Newcastle upon Tyne, England
11/03/2021

Needs light!!!

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@Ptownnn
leaf-1 1 Plants
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globe Minneapolis, MN
10/31/2021

It’s soooooo pretty

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