Question - Can outdoor Ivy be grown indoors?

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Ivy can make a wonderful, bright light houseplant. It can grow long and lush and bring a bit of the outdoors inside. Growing ivy indoors is easy as long as you know what makes an ivy plant happy. Ironically, too much water can cause ivy leaves to turn brown and dry on the edges. As a result, the plant suffers, and the leaves start to die from the edges inward. Ivy should only be watered when the top inch of soil is dry, and only with lukewarm water. Containers housing ivy should have drainage holes in the base. Most cultivars of ivy grow best in bright light, but not direct sun. They tolerate low to medium light, but growth is reduced and variegated forms may turn all green. To maintain the bright color of a variegated ivy, give it plenty of light. Method 2 Feeding and Watering Use a standard potting soil for the plant. Potting soil provides proper drainage for your indoor plant. Water the ivy plant once the soil is dry. Mist the leaves of the plant during dry seasons. Fertilize once a month during spring, summer, and fall. Place your re-potted ivy plant in an area with temperatures between 65 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit that provides filtered light. Water the ivy slowly until it begins to seep from the drainage holes. Allow the top surface of the soil to dry out before watering again.

A dying ivy requires constant attention to bring it back to life. For example, ivy grows well in pots or hanging baskets near any window with direct sunlight exposure. It also survives in a range of temperatures. However, these plants need loam soil to thrive.

Use your finger to test the top inch of soil; if the top inch is dry, the ivy is in need of water. The ivy prefers a room temperature of 50 to 70 F; warmer room temperatures may require more frequent watering to keep the soil moist, but do not let the soil become soggy.

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“The roots do not burrow down deep into the soil, so if the soil is too deep it will not thrive. ” Mast recommends misting the ivy up to three times per week, and washing it with lukewarm water every month to keep dust at bay.

Propagate ivies by rooting a cutting in water. Fill a container with water and let it sit out overnight to evaporate any chlorine and become room temperature. Water the ivy the day before the cutting. Pinch off the bottom two set of leaves and place the cutting in the container of water.

If your indoor ivy plant is losing leaves, especially over the winter months, an environmental imbalance may be responsible. Ivy plants placed too close to drafty doors or window lose leaves. Dry, winter air from using heat in can also makes the plant lose leaves.

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To help your ivy on the road to recovery, gently rake out the dead leaves. Use your fingers if possible to avoid damaging the new growth, but this is not practical if your beds are very large. Cut dead stems back to new growth.

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English Ivy (Hedera helix) plants prefer an evenly moist environment. Water the plants freely during growth. Keep English Ivy houseplants moist in the winter. Spraying English Ivy with soft water weekly will help prevent spider mites from infesting the plants.

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These plants are evergreen and do not lose their leaves in the winter, although individual leaves die and drop off occasionally. Ivy grows best in partial shade and rich, moist soil. Under these conditions, the leaves remain glossy green or variegated throughout the year.

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Care and Planting Plant ivy in an all-purpose potting soil, in a pot with drainage. Let the top of the soil dry to the touch between waterings, and fertilize your ivy about once a month in the spring, summer, and fall. Especially in dry, winter air, it will benefit from regular misting of the foliage.

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Make each cut directly above a leaf, and trim the stem below the leaf to about one inch. Dip the end of each stem in rooting hormone powder. Fill a planter with sand (or a sand/soil mix) and poke holes in the sand for planting. Plant each powdered stem in a hole and then gently push the sand around the stem.

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English ivy adapts to almost any amount of light, from full sun to full shade. It grows best, however, in partial to full shade. In its perennial range across U. S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 9, English ivy forms a groundcover with its long stems covered with evergreen leaves.

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An English ivy (Hedera helix) can be propagated by stem cuttings. Using a sharp knife, cut off 4- to 5-inch-long shoots. Pinch off the leaves on the bottom portion of the cuttings. Dip the cut ends in a rooting hormone.