English ivy is often used as ground cover in public atriums or lobbies. To add interest, try growing it in topiary form! It is ideal for use in hanging baskets. Countless varieties of ivy have been developed that offer a wide range of lead shapes and colors. They are easy to grow and adapt to a variety of home environments. They do not generally do well in high temperatures. The typical ivy leaf consists of three to five lobes, but shows differences in coloring for each variety. The variegated ivies require plenty of light otherwise they lose their coloring. English ivy is a vigorous climber, which sends out aerial roots that attach themselves to any surface. This plant may benefit from being outdoors for a period in spring and summer.
Family: Araliacaeae (aralia)
Origin: Asia, Europe, North Africa
Care: Water well in spring and summer with room-temperature water. Allow to dry slightly in fall and winter. Feed regularly with a weak concentration fertilizer when plants are growing. Mist often, especially during winter when the air is dry.
Lighting: Semi-sun to semi-shade
Ideal Temperature: 50-70°F (16-21°C)
Challenges: Spider mites and scale insects in too warm and dry environments.