How to Transplant English Ivy


English Ivy thrives in the shade and is very tolerant. It is used as groundcover but also has the ability to climb over 50 feet. Be cautious since it can overpower areas and weigh down tree branches or choke out other vegetation. Trim in the spring to keep it under control. In order to transplant these fast growers, you just need to know a few techniques.

  • Grab a handful of the vines and search for the root ball of the section or sections you want to move. Using a hand shovel dig and get as much of the root ball that you can. The English Ivy is not likely to re-grow if you leave pieces of the root behind in the soil.

  • Remove any brown or discolored parts by pulling from the roots. Divide the clump by using a shovel or sharp knife or pull it apart with your hands to divide the transplant portions.

  • Dig a hole a little larger than the root ball in the new area you've chosen. Replant and cover completely with dirt. Make sure that the new plantings are 12 to 15 inches from fences, walls and other plants because of its rate of growth.

  • Consider using cuttings to start a new English Ivy potted vine and then transplant. Insert 8 inch or longer strands in some damp sand in a warm area. Roots will develop in about 10 to 20 days.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are able to include just a few roots, the transplanted ivy will quickly begin to overcome shock and produce new growth.

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