How to Care for English Ivy

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How to Care for English Ivy. English ivy, often seen climbing bricks in outdoor landscapes, is a popular houseplant. Its small green leaves on vines have an elegant classic look, and a variety of forms are now also available. Another reason they are popular is they are easy to care for. If you follow a few steps, English ivy will live many years in your home.

Provide the non-variegated forms with bright, filtered light. East, west and south windows all work fine, but if direct sunlight comes in the window, use a transparent curtain to filter it. However, variegated forms benefit from some direct sunlight. The high light make the leaves more colorful.

Give English ivy a consistent temperature. These plants thrive in most household environments, but do not handle temperature fluctuation well. Avoid drafts from frequently opened doors, windows or air conditioners.

Allow the top of an English ivy's soil to dry in between waterings. Water when you can stick your finger several inches into the potting mix without feeling any moisture. Water a less frequently in the winter.

Guard against red spider mites. Spider mites are not easy to see with the naked eye, but if you notice small white webs, they are likely infesting your English ivy. Cut off infested leaves and treat the plant with pesticide. Spray English ivy once a week with soft water to prevent red spider mites.

Trim areas of the plant with long stems and few leaves. Growth in the winter is often long and spindly. Cut the stems back to strong growth in the spring, and the plant will fill out.

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