Ivy House Plants

Ivy plants are easy to grow, popular and long-lasting house plants. They are easy to maintain and propogate. They can be grown in hanging baskets or on small trellises. They adapt to all types of environment. These plants are climbers that climb on walls, buildings, and stairs, etc. There are many types of ivy plants, including English ivy, Sweden ivy and devil’s ivy.

How to identify?

Ivy belongs to genus Hedera. It has either green-yellow or green-white leaves and possesses woody stems. They are evergreen climbers and produce leaves all through the year. When the plant is infected, it sheds off the leaves.

Types of ivy plants

The most popular types are Irish ivy, Algerian ivy, English ivy, Persian ivy. English ivy has many sub species. Glacier and Irish lace are the common ivy plants.
Algerian ivy has heart-shaped leaves. Curtilocks ivy has crinkled leaves. California gold ivy is a variegated plant with green, yellow and golden leaves.
Dumb cane ivy has a foot long leaves.

Advantages of ivy

  • Adds a special beauty to home.
  • Purifies the air.

Care of ivy

Though the ivy leaves spread to a great extent, they are to be instantly pruned. This gives a good look to the plant. The common pests on the ivy plants are to be checked frequently. Spray the plants with fertilizers to make them look healthy. Water the plants regularly.

Misconceptions regarding ivy plants

  • There are lots of notions regarding the ivy plants. Some vine plants such as Poison ivy, Boston ivy are not true ivies though belonging to same genus, Hedera.
  • A plant, Rhus radicans resembles poison ivy cause blisters on palm when touched.
  • An other notion is that the ivies do not need light as they are climbers. But they very much need light especially variegated ivies.

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