Growing ivy plants indoors

Growing ivy plants indoors

Growing ivy plants indoors
Growing ivy plants indoors:   Hedera is commonly called ivy.   It is a genus of 12 to15 species of evergreen climbing or ground-creeping woody plants. In the family Araliaceae, it is native to western,  central and southern Europe.

Ivy makes a wonderful,  bright light houseplant.   It can grow long and lush and bring a bit of the outdoors inside.
Growing ivy indoors is easy as long as you know what makes an ivy plant happy.

About ivy houseplants

English ivy cultivars are the most common type of ivy grown in the home.
Although,  all kinds can be found if you look hard enough.
Each of the varieties of inside ivy plants also come in several different cultivars.
This means that there is an amazing array of ivies that you can choose for your home.

All this depends on your preference for color.   You can get all shades of green, which are variegated with white, yellow, gray, black and cream.

Growing ivy indoors is not difficult as long as you provide what the plant needs.
The most important part of indoor ivy plant care is light.

All true ivies need bright light.   Variegated cultivars can take medium light,  but be aware that their variegation will become less pronounced in less light.   Without enough light,  inside ivy plants will become leggy and sickly looking.
They will also be more prone to pests.

When watering your ivy,  always check the soil before adding water.
Ivies prefer to be kept slightly on the dry side,   so let the soil dry out some,  (dry to the touch on top),  before you water your ivy plant again.    Also, make sure that your plant has excellent drainage, as ivy does not like to be in standing water or overly wet soil.

Caring for ivy plants should also include regular fertilizing.
Fertilize your ivy about once a month in the spring,  summer and fall with a water soluble, nitrogen-rich fertilizer.
Do not fertilize in the winter, as this is the ivy’s dormant period and the fertilizer may do more harm than good at this time.

Ivy houseplants benefit from periodic washing to remove dust and pests from their leaves.
To wash your ivy plant, s imply place the plant in the shower and allow the water to run over the plant for a few minutes.    If you find the plant has a serious pest infestation, you may need to bring the spray closer to the plant to help knock off all the pests.

Caring for ivy plants is easy and rewarding.  You will enjoy not only growing ivy indoors,  but will also have fun with the wide selection of ivy plants available to do so.

Many people like the plant because it stays green all year round.  It makes an attractive ground cover for decorative gardens.  In fact,  it is  sold in many garden stores and nursery’s.

Medicinal use
English ivy is also known to be a powerful antioxidant.
During normal daily living,  molecules called free radicals can build up in your cells.
This causes oxidative stress, which has been linked to cancer, diabetes, and other health conditions.

Antioxidants are chemicals found in plants, like English ivy,  that help the body neutralize or even prevent this kind of cell damage.

English ivy is a member of the ginseng family.   It has been used in traditional herbal medicine both in Europe and Asia since ancient times.


Growing ivy plants indoors




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