The beautiful, fast growing ivy (Hedera) – for all around the home, be it hall, bedroom or bathroom. Hedera will also thrive in the garden or on the patio! This strong plant with its decoratively marked leaves is easy to grow.
Hedera is self climber, the stems have small suction cups at regular intervals along the stems which helps them to attach onto any surface, they are not feeders.
Indoors, Hedera is often grown as a hanging plant too – which is not a problem for this plant and it will look very decorative.
New research has classified Hedera into the ivy family (Araliaceae).
Temperature: Choose a warm place in the living room for your Hedera helix, but really, a cool spot like a bedroom or bathroom will not be a problem
Lighting preference: Ivy (Hedera helix) prefers (partially) shaded spots! avoid direct sunlight on the plant
Electrical lighting: ideal for homes or growing in offices and other commercial buildings.
Irrigation of water: Water less in the winter keeping the plant slightly drier and cooler. Wait until spring to resume watering and feeding. The plant will require less water in cooler surroundings.
Humidity: The Hedera helix likes to be kept humid so we recommend spraying the leaves regularly with rainwater, it will then remain beautiful. If the air is too dry, the edges of the leaves will dry and curl.
Fertilization and feeding: This ivy plant is a fast grower without needing much feeding – if you do feed it, use plant food for leafy plants.
• The ivy is a vigorous plant that adapts well to all situations but given too little water it will possibly lose its leaves and look less attractive.
• If a shoot gets too long and bare, just cut it back and the plant will rejuvenate.
• Give the ivy something to climb up if you want it to climb. Bamboo canes will suffice but a ready made climbing frame can look good.