Ivy is a vigorous and versatile plant; English ivy, in particular, is a favorite. Ivy can be enjoyed in a multitude of shapes, sizes, and colors. By adhering to a few basics, you can depend on ivy throughout the year.
Buying hint: Plants should have shiny, firm leaves and signs of vigorous growth such as new shoots and leaves. Watch out for leggy, weak branches, pale or faded leaves and signs of insect damage.
Handling Pointer: Ivy will tolerate a wide range of light and temperature for short periods, but for long-term success the key conditions are bright, cool, damp, fresh and clean. Keep ivy plants out of hot direct sun. If there are signs of stretching branches, branches bending toward the light or fading variegation, plants should be moved to a brighter spot. They can also be turned regularly to get even growth.
Watering: Water when the surface down to one and a half inch is dry. NEVER wait until the soil is dried out and the leaves wilt to water your ivy. At this point the leaves and growing tips will die. It can help to rinse entire plants with clean tepid water once a week.
Spider Mites: Hot, dry, stale air will likely result in dry, limp leaves and red spider mites. Keep ivy away from heat registers and other heat sources. If insect problems do occur or to prevent them, plants can be treated with a miticide according to manufacturer’s directions.