Ivy is one of the most beautiful plants and the easiest to take care of indoors. There are so many varieties to choose from to add to any color scheme in your home. Ivy is also on the list of NASA’s approved air purifying plants. If you love these plants as much as we do, why not grow more from just one plant?
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How to turn one Ivy Plant Into Many
English Ivy is the most popular ivy to find as indoor plants. When you’re at the store or ordering online as they sell out quick, think twice about buying more than one.
The easiest propagation method
There are many propagation methods you can try but wouldn’t you want to know the easiest and most cost-effective way? We won’t even discuss the other ways because this one way has been proven to work with many varieties. Maybe not all but many. You’ll have to experiment with more varieties to find out. This method holds true to work with varieties typically found in stores such as Green Hadera trailing Ivy, ‘Eva’ Ivy, and Glacier Ivy.
So what is this method?
The water method. All you need is water! Amazing! Ivy varieties can root in 1-6 weeks in just sitting in water.
Now don’t just use tap water. Tap or city water is a huge no-no in any type of gardening. You can read more about that here. It will most likely root in tap water but it is not recommended for the best results of the plant.
Here are the steps to follow:
- Find any container (it can be a cup, can, small vase, plastic container, etc.)
- Take a cutting (about 6 inches in length, at least a few leaf nodes down from the tip of a stem)
- Remove the bottom two sets of leaves at least from the nodes.
- Add some water to the container and place your cutting in the container. Only fill the water up to the nodes with no leaves, try not to touch the leaves to the water.
- Set the cutting in a semi-bright location just out of direct sunlight
- Change the water once a week
That’s it! Some cuttings will root in as little as 1 week and others take longer. Some may not root at all. It depends on how healthy the mother plant is. Only take cuttings from a healthy plant. If you get a plant that is not looking so great, maybe on clearance. Just nurse it back to life with some spring water and a gentle organic fertilizer. Take cuttings when it comes back to life.
Transplant in trendy indoor planters
Pinterest is the best place to find those cute trendy indoor planters. English Ivy is great for hanging planters as they tend to trail downwards. They can be trimmed up to any size or let them grow. We recommend any DIY hanging planters be made from hemp which is very durable and better for the environment. Go look up some ideas and try something new in each room. Here are some of our favorites planters under $15 that link to Amazon for easy ordering:
Why you should have more than one Ivy plant in your home
More is better! Here is why 🙂
Ivy will help filter air quality in your home
The most beneficial property of having indoor plants is the fact that they filter impurities out of the air and provide a clean source of oxygen. They may be beautiful and they may match your decor style but in the end, they really are very beneficial to your health.
Ivy is a NASA approved air purifier
NASA did a study located here on what toxins a group of indoor plants filtered out of the air and how much they filtered out. English Ivy did not perform as well as the Dracaena plant varieties, but it made the list out of about 12 different plants. That’s really good!
However, the other varieties are not as easy to propagate as the English Ivy. The more indoor plants you have in your home, the more square footage the plants will filter out. Again, more is better!
English Ivy might save your life one day along with these other houseplants improving indoor air pollution.
There are so many beautiful varieties to add to home decor color scheme
There are so many colors of English Ivy and leaf varieties to choose from, one is bound to strike your fancy. One thing to note about choosing to grow Ivy in your home is that it is poisonous if ingested. So keep in mind to keep it away from pets and children. This could be why you see so many Ivy plants in hanging planters.
Ivy is so easy to take care of
Most English ivy varieties do well in bright light. They can handle low light or a bit more. They adapt rather quickly so if they’re doing more in one location, move to a new one and try it out. A small window in a bathroom could be enough for most indoor plants.
Since these plants can root in water, they can handle being overwatered from time to time but best to keep the soil moist and wait to water when the top inch of the soil is dry. You can just keep them as water plants as well.
They’re not heavy feeders so a good fertile soil may be all they need or we recommend this organic food for indoor plants.
Give this propagation method a try and let us know how your plants are doing.
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