Plant Care English Ivy

English Ivy

4.4 out of 5 (524 experiences)

English Ivy has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower
English Ivy has a Survivor plant personality Survivor

Also known as

Common Ivy, Little hermann ivy, Glacier Ivy, Starling Ivy, Florida Ivy, King's Choice Ivy, curly locks ivy, California Fan, Ivy, Camouflage Ivy, Garland Ivy, Francis ivy, pixie dixie ivy, dark pittsburgh ivy, English Ivy 'Gold Dust' and Jubilee ivy

Taxonomy

Hedera helix
Hedera
Araliaceae
Apiales

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 Boston, Massachusetts.

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

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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 Boston, Massachusetts

Boston, Massachusetts

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Growing English Ivy in Boston right now

Light needs for plant English Ivy in Boston, Massachusetts

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

January 27th, 2022

Sunlight intensity as measured by “net radiation” in Boston is currently low 📉.

The availability of high quality sunlight in your home impacts ability for plants to thrive and is key in determinin…

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Light needs for plant English Ivy in Boston, Massachusetts

Sunlight will increase by 37.5% ☀️

January 27th, 2022

Boston is trending towards greater sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Boston is expected to increase by 37.5% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.2 megajoules of energy per m2 per …

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Light needs for plant English Ivy in Boston, Massachusetts

Daylight will increase by 1.0 hours 📈

January 27th, 2022

This month, Boston is getting an average of 6.4 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will increase by 11.2% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 10.1 total hours of dayl…

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Finding light for English Ivy in your home

Light needs and placement for plant English Ivy: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

English Ivy love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to ensure it receives enough light to survive during this time of reduced sunlight intensity in Boston, Massachusetts ⛅.

English Ivy does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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.

When to repot English Ivy

Nutrient needs for plant English Ivy in Boston, Massachusetts

Is this a good time of year to repot? No ⏳

January 24th, 2022

The growing potential in Boston is low 📉.

Repotting in late fall or winter when the day lengths are shorter can be very stressful for a plant and cause it to go into shock.

It's best to repot …

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FAQs
Difficulty Level

English Ivy can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!


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Propagation

Care Summary for English Ivy

English Ivy

English Ivy


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Boston, Massachusetts, 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 307
English Ivy has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 242
English Ivy has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 108
English Ivy has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 96
English Ivy has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 89
English Ivy has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 59
English Ivy has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 28
English Ivy has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 20
Lauren avatar
@Lauren
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 26 XP
globe Kings Park, New York
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
Shayebriannah avatar
@Shayebriannah
leaf-1 39 Plants
xp 5,753 XP
globe Fort Collins, Colorado
01/18/2022

This thing is unstoppable! Grows quickly and will trail, vine, or climb! Give it somewhere to go and you’ll be set. 😎

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Georgiakatex avatar
@Georgiakatex
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 86 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
Fasttawapou avatar
@Fasttawapou
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 36 XP
globe Beaumont, California
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
Hg avatar
@Hg
leaf-1 19 Plants
xp 409 XP
globe Foley, Alabama
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
Mossycabbages avatar
@Mossycabbages
leaf-1 57 Plants
xp 1,585 XP
12/28/2021

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

Fast grower Fast grower
Eternalcaleypea avatar
@Eternalcaleypea
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 74 XP
globe Conroe, Texas
12/26/2021

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

Leigh avatar
@Leigh
leaf-1 5 Plants
xp 92 XP
globe Noblesville, Indiana
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 63 XP
globe Arcadia, California
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
Opheliaio avatar
@Opheliaio
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 292 XP
globe Georgetown, Massachusetts
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 21 Plants
xp 729 XP
globe Chicago, Illinois
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
Pet friendly Pet friendly
Browns easily Browns easily
Chijioke avatar
@Chijioke
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 64 XP
globe Newcastle upon Tyne, England
11/03/2021

Needs light!!!

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

It’s soooooo pretty

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@Coolcatsandplants
leaf-1 34 Plants
xp 969 XP
globe Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
10/30/2021

Ivy is hearty and pretty self sufficient as long as you water it periodically. It can pull itself through dry times and can take a beating and keep on growing. Keep an eye out for spider mites in dry times but that’s the only concern with these plants.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Mintybobcat avatar
@Mintybobcat
leaf-1 20 Plants
xp 646 XP
10/27/2021

It’s best to get a big one. Small ones grow slow and their tendrils stick upwards which looks terrible on high shelves, so I moved one of mine to a hanging pot

Sheridan avatar
@Sheridan
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 134 XP
globe Wellston, Ohio
10/26/2021

It’s a gorgeous plant and easy to take care of

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Pet friendly Pet friendly
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@Stephanie_swizzlestick
leaf-1 10 Plants
xp 266 XP
globe Williston, North Dakota
10/25/2021

Wonderful, easy, fast growing vine! It’s so classic and elegant! I constantly have new growth!

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Kateski avatar
@Kateski
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 98 XP
10/25/2021

Sweet, low-maintenance plant that does ok in medium-light. I love mine!

Survivor Survivor
Ksenia avatar
@Ksenia
leaf-1 2 Plants
xp 77 XP
10/24/2021

It’s important to turn this plant occasionally so that the leaves grow and are shaped the way you prefer :)

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves

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