Ivy is a lush plant that can be found around the world. It's naturally a climber, which means it's quick to cover both the ground and the walls it grows near. But when green ivy is tamed, it can make a wonderful garden or houseplant. For the most part, ivy can quickly adapt to an environment when it's cared for properly. Watering is the key to keeping any plant happy, and when it comes to ivy, it's crucial to keeping it healthy.
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Watering Outdoor Ivy
Ivy can grow outdoors in a garden or as decor on the side of the house with little hassle. It climbs and covers its surroundings quickly, but it can wither within days without proper watering. If you are growing your ivy outdoors, keep the soil moist. Ivy thrives with extensive watering, but to avoid constant watering, put down peat moss and compost. This will keep the ivy's moisture intact for days at a time between care. The soil should be well-drained, and you should plant your ivy in a section of your yard or garden where it will not be exposed to intense sunlight. Sun easily burns ivy, watered or not.
Watering Indoor Ivy
If you have green ivy as a houseplant, it's just as important to water it properly. Fertilize the well-drained soil with an all-purpose mix (10-10-10) and feel free to add plant food to encourage growth. Keep the soil moist by watering two to three times a week, but don't overwater. Allow the soil to take in the water before pouring more, and stop once it's no longer retaining the added water. Indoor ivy loves damp, cool environments. Try to keep it in only partial sun in temperatures around 60 degrees Fahrenheit.
Although ivy is quick to adapt to its environment with proper care, the attention it needs is demanding and based on specifics. When it comes to watering, remember a few key things. First, ivy mainly tolerates room-temperature water. Cold or hot water is susceptible to stunting its growth and possibly killing it. Also, try to water it with distilled water. Houseplants in particular typically need distilled water, as opposed to tap water, with less chemicals. Try to keep the care of your ivy consistent to get best results.