English Ivy Care

Last Updated: August 12, 2022

Basic English Ivy Care

Perfect for growing both outdoors and indoors, the English Ivy makes a great addition to any urban jungle! There are two main basics to consider when caring for an English Ivy and that is that they hate direct sunlight and need regular watering.

English Ivy plants work well in shady areas of your home and will turn brown and crispy if the light level of temperature gets too high. This is why the English Ivy is a great way to bring some life and greenery into those darker corners.

But it’s not just light and water requirements that will keep your plant thriving, below you will find our complete English Ivy care guide with all the details on how to care for your Ivy.

Detailed English Ivy Care

Avoid direct sunlight in summer

English Ivy like sunshine but also do well in medium to low light levels. In summer avoid putting your Ivy too close to the window as the intense direct light will harm the leaves. In winter it can deal with a little more direct light.

English Ivy like their soil to be moist

One of the most important things to be aware of when taking care of an English Ivy is watering. We recommend watering your English Ivy a little more regularly than some of your other houseplants as they don’t like their soil to dry out. However, hold back on the volume of water as their roots will rot if the soil is waterlogged.

Occasionally mist your English Ivy if its really hot

Humidity levels are not a major thing to look out for when growing an English Ivy indoors. If you live in a hot climate, it might be good to mist your plant every other week or so during summer to add a little humidity.

Don’t worry about fertilising an English Ivy

English Ivy don’t require feeding and will thrive on their own. However, if you do want to feed it we recommend only doing it in spring with a soluble fertiliser at half the recommended strength.

Repot with new soil regularly

English Ivy really benefit from having their soil replaced every year or so. You don’t necessarily need to repot into a bigger pot each time (only when you feel it is very root bound) but they can be spruced up by just refreshing their soil.

Pruning keeps an English Ivy bushy and healthy

Knowing when and how to prune an English Ivy is really important. We recommend trimming it back quite a lot every 3 years to stimulate new growth. In between, prune off the leggy vines quite far up and it will make your plant bushier and more compact.

Propagate your English Ivy using stem cuttings

You can very easily propagate your English Ivy by cutting off some of the vines and placing them in water. You want to make sure the vines are about 10cm+ so they have the best chance at growing roots. Switch out the water every few days to keep it fresh and repot into soil once roots have started to grow on the vine.

Unfortunately, English Ivy is toxic to pets

You will want to keep your pets away from any English Ivy as ingestion can cause stomach issues. Other symptoms may start to arise if your pet digests a large amount of English Ivy so it is best to keep any dogs and cats away from it.


English Ivy Care FAQs

Common Issues for English Ivy

English Ivy is quite an easy houseplant to take care of but that doesn’t mean it won’t come with a range of issues. The most common problems are caused by overwatering so it is important to check the moisture of the soil before watering.

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