How to Grow a Potted Ivy

Want a simple plant to grow that doesn’t require a lot of maintenance? Well then, you should try growing a potted ivy plant.

Want a simple plant to grow that doesn’t require a lot of maintenance? Well then, you should try growing a potted ivy plant.

Sunlight & Temperature

Ivy plants prefer bright non-direct light. If you place them in direct light, then the leaves may start to wilt and turn black. However, this is less likely to occur if the temperature is not very hot. Once the temperature soars past eighty-five degrees Fahrenheit or so, the likelihood of the ivy dying from direct sunlight is greater.

The ideal temperature range for ivies is seventy to eighty degrees. The cold will not kill your ivy unless it freezes. Ivies will enter a type of hibernation if the temperatures become fairly cool (below fifty degrees Fahrenheit or so). And as long as they are not in direct light, then they can stay outside even when it’s around a hundred degrees Fahrenheit. Just be sure that they are watered more frequently, and remember to keep them out of the sun.

Water & Fertilizer

You should water and fertilize your ivies more in the spring and summer months, and give them less nutrients in the autumn and winter months. This is mostly due to the plant growing less in the autumn and winter months. Miracle-Gro is fine for fertilizer.

Soil-

A normal potted mix soil of some sort will do nicely. Simply make sure that the soil retains its moisture well because you don’t want ivies to dry out too much. When ivies become too dry or even too wet, their leaves may turn yellow and start to shed. If this happens, then prune off the yellow leaves and adjust your watering methods. Placing some rocks at the bottom of the pot may help with the draining process; however, it’s not required.

Type of Pot

It’s best to just use plastic pots for ivy plants due to their ability to help keep the soil moist. And it is recommended to re-pot your ivy every couple of years as this will aid in keeping your ivy healthy. It will also promote growth. Some people simply place their ivies in a glass bottle full of water. This may keep the plant alive for months or even years; unfortunately, it will also slowly kill the plant. It’s probably best if you avoid using this method.

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