English Ivy Plant

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English Ivy Hedera helix Hardy Planting Zones - 4-8 Sun or Shade - Full Shade, Half Shade/Half Sun, Full Sun Mature Height - 4-6" Mature Width - 96" Bloom Season - Early to Late Summer Gardener Status - Beginner
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English Ivy, Hedera Helix Vines

This plant is well known all around the world for its spreading vines and beauty. They plants deep green leaves add to almost any setting. These are used worldwide for ground coverings and arbors. They can be used in shaded areas under the cover of trees giving them a advantage over other plants. They also provide a excellent food source for birds.English Ivy vines climb well. With small roots that attach to the stem, it can hold tight to just about anything.  Like most vines, care is extremely easy, and it can grow in more difficult locations that may be hard to reach. English Ivy prefers soil that is reach in organic material. If the soil is less than ideal, adding some compost may make the soil more desirable. Plants should be planted between 1 and 2 feet apart. It will help to cover an area more quickly. Any structure that the English Ivy vine reaches may be a stepping stone to its full height as the vine roots wrap around the structure. Aside from their visually pleasing benefits, it may also be used to create the natural privacy screens on trellises or fences.  It is also great for hiding unsightly areas. English Ivy is a great option for ground cover in shady areas.  It may also be brought indoors in hanging baskets or small  flower pots to lend its beauty. With a simple wire shape added to a pot, the ivy will grab hold and take shape of the object creating a small topiary. Frequent watering is needed to help the plant establish itself in its new location. Moisture is very important, but English Ivy can endure drier soil after it establishes itself. When planted as ground cover, trimming back the plant will help to keep smaller animals away and will allow for newer growth. As English Ivy has a quick growth rate, fertilizer is very rarely needed.

 

 
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