Q. How can I care for English Ivy?


English Ivy (​Hedera felix​) grows best in USDA Zone 4 - 8. It is very easy to grow.  Ivy will tolerate full sun but it does best in full or part shade. It makes a good ground cover where this is needed.  It will grow in almost any soil (that is not too wet) but prefers a rich loam with good drainage.

New plants should be planted 12 - 18 inches apart. Water well until the plants are well established, but don't over water.  Ivy should be pruned 2 - 3 times a year. 

Ivy is usually problem-free but it is susceptible to aphids. They can be controlled with an insecticidal soap. Ivy tends to turn brown in the winter but it will quickly recover in Spring.  Finally, be aware that English Ivy can be very invasive.  If you are concerned about this, then you can grow it in pots.

Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information

  • Last Updated Apr 20, 2018
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  • Answered By Ken Lloyd

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