How to Propagate an English Ivy

Last Updated: May 27, 2022

Although English Ivy Plants are often associated with outside gardens, they also make incredible houseplants. They are easy to care for and forgiving about care routines and environments. And luckily for us, they’re super easy to propagate as well, you can make several new plants from just a short vine cutting. 

In this post, we will go through how to propagate your English Ivy through stem cuttings including a step by step process as well as top tips and any issues you may come across to ensure your propagation is a success!

Why propagate your English Ivy plant?

There are several reasons why you might choose to or be forced to propagate your plant. The main reason is often simply wanting more plants without actually having to spend any more money. English Ivy cuttings also make great gifts for friends and family as they are so easy to grow into full plants. 

Another reason why many plant parents choose to propagate their English Ivy is that their plant is either too long or becoming very leggy. Cutting your English Ivy back encourages bushier growth and is a great way to cut back that winter growth which may have become straggly or leggy. But instead of simply throwing away those special English Ivy cuttings, propagating them stops them from going to waste.

You might also be forced to propagate your English Ivy plant if you notice that part of the plant is slowly dying. Whilst we are always strong believers that you should do everything you can to save your plant, we do recommend taking a few vine cuttings from the healthy part of the plant just in case your English Ivy plant doesn’t make it.

What tools/equipment you’ll need to propagate an English Ivy

It’s important to make sure you have all the right things before you start the propagation process. It’s always frustrating if you’re ready to propagate but don’t have the right equipment handy.


  • A healthy and mature English Ivy plant 

  • Clean, sharp scissors/shears

  • Spare pot(s)

  • Fresh potting mix and water

  • Newspaper or plastic sheet (if propagating indoors)

  • Rooting hormone (optional)

You need a node to propagate an English Ivy Plant

English Ivy Plant

How to propagate an English Ivy using vine cuttings

This is the main method of propagating English Ivy plants as it’s suitable for all maturities and lengths of English Ivy plants. It’s also really easy and means you can easily come away with several new English Ivy plants by taking a short vine cutting.


  1. Locate a healthy vine or two  

    It’s super important that you only propagate a part of the plant that’s healthy. Avoid using any vines that are showing signs of unhappiness such as brown or yellow leaves, mushy vines etc. It’s likely that any problems will be transferred onto your cuttings which can cause them to die as young cuttings are very sensitive.

  2. Make the cut(s)

    Using clean scissors, shears or a knife, make the cut across the vine. It’s important your tools are clean so they don’t pass on dirt or pests to the cutting or mother plant. 

    Make sure that each section of the vine has at least one node and leaf. If possible try to include 2-3 nodes and leaves on each cutting but it will also work with just 1 so it depends on how much you want to cut off your plant. The number of cuttings you take is entirely up to you and depends on your English Ivy plant!

  3. Remove the lower leaves

    As you’ll be placing the cuttings into water, you want to remove the lowest few leaves from the cutting. They’ll rot if sitting in water for several weeks so it’s best to do this now.

  4. Fill up a container with water 

    Next, you want to fill up a glass with fresh temperate water to place your English Ivy cutting(s) into. It’s super important that you don’t use hot or cold water as this can very quickly shock or burn your delicate cuttings. Place the cutting in the water so at least one or two nodes is submerged as this is where the roots will grow out from. Place your glass in bright but indirect sunlight.

  5. Make sure you change out the water regularly 

    To prevent stagnant water and bacteria from forming, you need to be refreshing the water every few days. 

  6. Be patient 

    English Ivy propagation is actually relatively quick compared to a lot of other houseplants and you should see roots growing after only a week or two. It can be a little unpredictable though so just make sure your cuttings are getting enough light, warmth and fresh water and you shouldn’t have too many issues.

  7. Plant your cuttings into fresh potting mix

    Once the roots on your English Ivy cutting are a few centimetres in length, you can now pot them into fresh soil. It’s vital that you use a high-quality potting mix to make sure your cuttings are getting enough nutrients. Carefully place your cuttings a few centimetres into the potting mix. 

  8. Resume usual English Ivy care

    Now that your cuttings are in their new home, you can go back to usual English Ivy care and soon those vines will be long enough for you to propagate again!

Propagating an English Ivy is simple!

Ivy Plant

English Ivy Propagation FAQs

Common problems when propagating an English Ivy

Whilst propagating English Ivy plants is often easier than some other houseplant types, it doesn’t mean that it won’t always be plain sailing. It’s important to look through the common issues below so you know what to look out for and can act quickly if something is wrong, giving you the best chance at solving the problem.

You should now have all of the information you need to successfully propagate your English Ivy. Whilst things can be a little unpredictable, with the right method, care and environment, you shouldn’t have too many problems. 

Check out our full English Ivy care guide to find all the information on how to continue to care for your cuttings once they have matured.

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