Ivy, an easy climbing plant

Ivy, whether outdoors or indoors, is a climbing or covering vine that is sometimes invasive…

Important Ivy facts

NameHedera helix
Family – Araliaceae
Type – climbing vine

Height – 16 to 65 feet (5 to 20 m)
Exposure – full sun, part sun, shade
Soil – ordinary

Foliage – evergreen

Caring for ivy is easy since it adapts to all types of soil and pleases itself most anywhere.

Planting ivy

Favor planting in fall or spring and avoid freezing temperatures.

Water abundantly especially at the beginning.

Pruning ivy

Let the ivy climb both as ground and wall cover.

You can trim it easily if it grows too large, and this doesn’t alter its growth.

Learn more about ivy

Ivy leaves stay green under snow on a brick wall.Illustrious on ancient manors, ivy is an excellent wall cover that can grow to unfathomable sizes.

Hardy and rather fast-growing, it will reach a point where getting rid of it will be a real challenge…

Best is to grow it in suspensions or garden boxes to keep  it under control.

Smart tip about ivy

Take care because ivy can damage walls, especially if they’re old and friable.


Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Ivy on brick wall shared by RDLH under © CC0 1.0
Snow-covered ivy shared by u/psycho_sweetie23 from Reddit

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