The Q&A Archives: English Ivy

Question: The Ivy was removed from a Chimmy and I would like it to take root with my soil on the ground. Sofar I have raked the area and carfully hand layed each peace and well watered how ever I am not sure if there is anything else I can do.

Answer: English ivy cuttings root best when inserted upright into the soil, with the cut end several inches deep. (Each cutting would be about four to six inches long being sure to keep the top end upward.) Keeping the soil moist is critical in getting them to root successfully. Be sure your watering penetrates deeply and is not just sprinkling the surface. You might also want to mulch between them to keep weeds from getting a hold in the area. You might also try some cuttings in pots of soilless potting mix. Dampen the mix, insert the cuttings, cover the pot with clear plastic and set it in a bright location out of direct sun. Open occasionally to allow for air exchange and make sure the soil is still moist. Once good roots have formed, plant. Each plant should be placed in a prepared hole and the transplant should be set a bit deeper than it grew before. Keep well watered until established and mulched to prevent weeds while waiting for the ivy to fill in.

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