The Q&A Archives: Fertilizing English Ivy

Question: Ii would like to know what, if anything, I could use to fertilize my English ivy I have planted on a 45 degrees bank behind my house? Part of the ivy is in the shade and it seems to grow better than the ivy that's in the sun.

Answer: English ivy is not a heavy feeder and in fact can subsist in very poor soil; I would suspect the difference in growth rates is related to the amount of heat and moisture the plants receive. The sunny area will be the hotter and drier of the two. In general, an annual top dressing of compost, well rotted manure or a general purpose granular fertilizer according to the label instructions should be adequate.

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