All About Ivy
Harry the ivy is the ultimate plant for hanging out. Leave him to do his thing and he will be happy in most places in your home. Hanging out of pots or climbing walls, this plant will do both while clearing toxins out of the air. The main problem most people face is how quickly Harry grows!
Where's my happy place?
In the wild, ivy wraps itself around trees so sticks to the shade. If you can recreate that at home, great. You will be rewarded with dark, verdant leaves. If you want your Harry out in the sun, that’s fine too, but we suggest you let him get used to the bright light for a while. This means putting him in a north or east facing window for a few weeks. If he is in a south or west facing window, trying moving him to another, shadier, spot during the hottest part of the day. The leaves will be lighter if he is left in sunshine.
Watering & Feeding
Harry loves being hydrated, but can get grumpy if he has too much water. Poke a finger into the soil a few centimetres. It should be dry throughout. Then it’s just a case of taking your little buddy and watering him thoroughly until water is coming out of the bottom of his pot. Leave him in your sink, shower or tub for an hour to let excess water drain, and then pop him right back to his spot.
Harry can be fertilised once a month, except in the coldest part of winter and the hottest parts of summer.
Harry grows fast. He’ll stretch his leaves out as far as he can and don’t be surprised if he adds an inch over a few weeks. If you want him to keep growing, repot him in the spring. Remember to water him well once you have repotted him so that he can get settled into his new, roomier home.
Harry is such a fast grower that he’s also great to propagate - which is just gardener-speak for grow more plants from a parent plant. This is a great one to do with kids and big kids alike. Between May and September, cut a piece of vine around the length of your middle finger.
Pop that into a glass of water and keep it in a spot with indirect sunlight. Within a month, there should be enough roots growing out of the bottom of the cutting for you to plant it yourself!
Harry hates being left in water, this can lead to root rot. This is terrible for plants and can lead to quick decline in health, stunted growth, dead leaves or small, sickly looking leaves.
Make sure he isn’t left sitting in a pool of water. This is easy if you make sure you let him drain after watering by leaving him in your sink, shower or tub for an hour before putting him back in his decorative pot.
I’m going on holiday, how should I make sure my plant is ok?
Ask a neighbour or someone you trust to pop in once a week to water them, more if it is hot. Make sure they’re not sitting in the sun all day. They’re tough plants, they should be fine.