Plant Care English Ivy

English Ivy

4.4 out of 5 (492 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 and English Ivy 'Gold Dust'


Hedera helix

How to care for English Ivy


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 Charlotte, North Carolina.

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

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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 Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte, North Carolina

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Growing English Ivy in Charlotte right now

Light needs for plant English Ivy in Charlotte, North Carolina

Plant growth potential is currently low 📉

December 4th, 2021

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

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

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Light needs for plant English Ivy in Charlotte, North Carolina

Sunlight intensity will decrease by 23.1% ☀️

December 2nd, 2021

Charlotte is trending towards lower sunlight intensity!

The amount of sunlight in Charlotte is expected to decrease by 23.1% over the next 2 weeks to an average of 8.5 megajoules of energy per m2

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Light needs for plant English Ivy in Charlotte, North Carolina

Daylight will decrease by 0.9 hours 📉

December 2nd, 2021

This month, Charlotte is getting an average of 8.8 hours of clear sky sunlight per day.

Hours of daylight will decrease by 8.4% over the next two weeks. Your plants will get 9.6 total hours of day…

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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 Charlotte, North Carolina ⛅.

English Ivy does not tolerate low-light 🚫.


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 Charlotte, North Carolina

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

December 3rd, 2021

The growing potential in Charlotte 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 rep…

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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!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for English Ivy

English Ivy

English Ivy

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on your location in Charlotte, North Carolina, 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 290
English Ivy has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 222
English Ivy has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 103
English Ivy has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 89
English Ivy has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 87
English Ivy has a Pet friendly plant personality Pet friendly 58
English Ivy has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 28
English Ivy has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 20
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globe Norton, Massachusetts

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
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 80 XP

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
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xp 467 XP
globe Chicago, Illinois

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
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globe Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Needs light!!!

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globe Minneapolis, Minnesota

It’s soooooo pretty

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globe Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

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
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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

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globe Wellston, Ohio

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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globe Williston, North Dakota

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

Survivor Survivor
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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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leaf-1 28 Plants
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I have a love hate relationship with Ivys. They really grind my gears. This is my fourth Ivy and every single Ivy I’ve had has died. I’ve tried watering less, watering more, MISTING THE DAMN THING. I have no idea what I’m doing wrong. I’m hoping this one decides not to die. Hard to keep alive, but pretty.

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Browns easily Browns easily
Kyrste avatar
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Be careful to put your ivy in a good area. They are very light sensitive as I’ve learned. A ways away from direct light but in a decently lit room!

Fast grower Fast grower
Browns easily Browns easily
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globe Los Angeles, California

the baby leaves die fast and survived being dropped 6 times and im always changjng its pot

Fast grower Fast grower
Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
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globe Croydon, England

jason has been forgotten about for a long time so when we found him again we decided to trim his dead leaves and plant him in the ground with a rock to grow on and he’s started to grow taller with more little leaves we’re very proud of him

Survivor Survivor
Browns easily Browns easily
Kyrste avatar
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Make sure to test it out to see if your ivy enjoys shade or sun. I’m a new plant parent so this might make some experts upset Bc I’m probably supposed to know all about the plant. But my ivy wasn’t growing and didn’t seem happy in the light so I moved him to a shelf corner and he stared thriving!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
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Easy to grow

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Fast grower Fast grower
Pet friendly Pet friendly
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globe Lake Jackson, Texas

Not too sure about this one yet seeing as I just got her about a week ago. But so far so good!

Survivor Survivor
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I’ve had this English Ivy for 4 months. It is easy to look after. I have mine positioned in my bathroom positioned in a east facing window. I’ve realised Ivy can grow in light limited environments. Propagation is easy with this plant. I’ve propagated in water, it takes a 3-4 weeks. In my work they have Ivy that has not been nurtured well, not potted regularly or watered consistently. It survives even in those conditions.

Survivor Survivor
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Fast grower Fast grower
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globe Framingham, Massachusetts

Easy to care for, pretty

Fast grower Fast grower

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