Variegated English Ivy or Hedera helix is a vigorous, energetic and fast-growing, evergreen climbing plant. With lobed leaves and lush, trailing vines, it is an elegant accent plant that is primarily grown as a climbing vine or trailing ground cover. Although commonly grown as a hanging plant indoors, its aerial roots can easily be trained to climb a moss stick or trellis. It thrives in cold and low light situations. Its upright habit and ability to grow under low light makes it a perfect houseplant to brighten up darker rooms
Scientific Name: Hedera helix
Common Name: Common Ivy, English Ivy
Benefit: Feng Shui and Ornamental Plant, It is used as an ornamental ground-cover or fine green covering for stone or brick walls. According to NASA, it is one of the best air purifier plant that removes harmful chemicals like benzene, formaldehyde, xylene from the surrounding air.
Variegated English Ivy Plant Care
Remove dead, infected or damaged plant parts and discard them away from the plants. For any insect attack or disease, you can use Neem oil, Eucalyptus oil or Citrus oil spray for primary treatment.
Light: Partial Sun to Full shade. Direct sunlight may cause damage to the foliage
Soil: Well-drained and fertile Soil which consist of coco peat moss or coconut fibre (coir), compost and other ingredients.
Water: Moderately, Water the plant when the 1-2″ topsoil in the pot feels dry to finger touch. Do not overwater or allow the plant to stand in water. Water thoroughly in the summer and reduce watering in winter and rainy season. Water it frequently to keep the soil wet until the plants are established and growing.
Temperature: This plant is sensitive to temperature changes, which may cause the leaves to fall off. Minimum temperature 54º F (12°C – 28°C).
Fertilizer: During the main growing season feed the English Ivy with organic liquid fertilizer or organic vermicompost once a month. Loosen the topsoil without disturbing the roots of the plant so it can uptake the nutrients and moisture easily.
Pruning: Pruning of English Ivy should be done in spring before new growth starts. Simply pinch or snap the vine with your fingers just above a leaf, or prune the plant with clippers or scissors.
Repotting: When a plant outgrows in current pot, re-pot with fresh potting soil and some fertilizer. Do the re-potting late evening and keep the plant in a shady area for 2 to 3 days and then move the plant in its suitable climatic condition.
Propagation: By Cuttings
Toxicity: Mild-toxic to Cats and dogs.
Plant size: approx. 30cm (vary in sizes)
Planting Season: Autumn, Summer, Spring, Winter
Bloom Colour: Greenish white
Bloom Time: Summer
Mature Height: 48 in
Mature Width: 24 in
Maximum Reachable Height: Up to 80 feet