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Care instructions for your Hedera Ivy

Hedera helix

With scalloped leaves and lush trailing vines, Hedera Ivy is a lovely accent plant. This Ivy is a robust grower with strong, strong stems densely covered with distinctive foliage.  It looks great draping and dangling its vines from shelves, window sills or macrame hangers.

Relatively easy to care for this Ivy was brought to the New World by European settlers where it grew freely covering buildings.

Common Names

  • Hedera Ivy
  • English Ivy

Quick Hedera Ivy Stats

  • Your Hedera Ivy prefers medium-light  to bright indirect sun
  • The Hedera Ivy has fantastic air cleansing properties and is one of NASA’s top 10 Clean Air Plants.
  • The Hedera Ivy is a great plant for beginners.
  • Your Hedera Ivy can cause mouth irritation and digestive reaction if ingested in pets and humans.

Light Requirements

Hedera Ivy plants prefer bright indirect light but no direct sun as they the foliage will burn. In less light, the ivy will become leggy and sparse.

Water Requirements

Let the top 2-3 inches of the soil to dry out before watering. Allow the water to flow freely from the drainage holes on the bottom of the pot, and be sure to empty the saucer. Hedera Ivy does not like it roots constantly wet. Crispy brown leaves indicate over-watering, not under-watering.

Humidity Preferences

This plant loves to be misted with room-temperature water, feel free to do this daily, especially in the winter when the air is very dry. Not only does misting provide humidity it also keeps the pests away.

Optimum Temperature

Hedera Ivy can grow in temperatures between 45-80 degrees but they do prefer a consistent temperature.

Plant Food

Hedera Ivy thrives when fed 2 times per month in the Spring and Summer with a general purpose indoor plant fertilizer at half strength. No need to feed in the fall or winter when they are resting and could do more harm than good.

Additional Care

Trim your Hedera Ivy regularly to keep it in shape. Snip off trailing vines that are just too long with a pair of sharp scissors or a pair of pruning shears to keep your plant looking full. You can prune (cut) your plant back by as much as half at a time -- you won't hurt this robust plant at all.

Toxicity

Hedera Ivy is mildly toxic to humans and pets, typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.

The Hedera Ivy plant was featured in the February Lunarly box.

 Lunarly | Hedera Ivy Plant | February 2019 Lunarly Box

If you have further questions or if the plant just isn’t thriving, contact us at Hello@Lunarly.com