The Q&A Archives: Ivy - Rooting

Question: I have ivy (several types) growing in window boxes outside. I plan to bring it inside over the winter in order to save it & replant next year. Some of the vines are quite long & I would like to trim them, grow roots & plant - thus, increasing the number of vines I can plant next year. First question: Where on the fine am I to cut? Right after a leaf or before? Next question: How best to root a vine? I have tried putting vines in water to grow roots, but it always takes such a long time & is not always successful. Is there a special product that would increase the success rate? Thanks so much.

Answer: Ivy or Hedera helix is quite easy to root using tip cuttings. Cut just beneath a leaf and take pieces about four to six inches long. The vine will branch where you cut, so this will also help prune your plants and encourage them to grow denser. Be sure to plant the cuttings right end (growing end) up.

The following web page provides detailed directions on how to to it. You may need to cut and paste the complete url into your browser to make it work correctly.

Good luck with your project!

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