How Much Light Does English Ivy Require?


English ivy, also known as as Hedera helix , is a commonly used ivy in the United States. Used as ground cover for landscaping and as a decorative houseplant, this perennial climbing vine is quite hardy and tolerant of a variety of environmental and lighting conditions.

Light Requirements

  • English Ivy will flourish in shaded areas where the foliage won't get burned. The planting site should be partially to fully shaded for best results, according to the University of Florida. English Ivy is native to lightly wooded areas, so filtered or partial sun exposure are ideal conditions.

Outdoor Plants

  • Potted ivy is popular for landscape design and convenient for movement. Growing ivy in pots and containers allows flexibility in terms of placement for the right amount of light, but direct sunlight should be avoided. If ivy is placed in direct sunlight, the plant and leaves may become pale and dry.

Indoor Plants

  • Indoor plants grow best in medium to bright light. English Ivy should be exposed to natural sunlight or lighting from electric and fluorescent lamps for at least 10 hours daily. It is important for the plants to get enough light, but indoor ivy plants should avoid direct sunlight from windows to avoid loss of moisture and damage to foliage.

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