Ivy Care - Knowledgebase Question

Norwood, MA
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Question by THESPAGS
December 26, 1997
A friend gave me the planted cuttings of the ivy from my wedding bouquet. Needless to say, this plant is very important to me and I have NO idea how to care for it!!!
PLEASE HELP! Should I use plant food? How much light? Water? Temperature? etc.

Answer from NGA
December 26, 1997
Ivy generally requires minimum care. It should be kept in a cool location. Ivy is not a sun-lover, so indirect sun is better than a sunny window.

Give it a "shower washing" about once a week. Put the plant in the kitchen sink and spray it with water--being sure to wet both sides of the leaves. I would also "stop-up" the sink so the ivy has a chance to absorb water from the hole in the bottom of the pot as well as what it catches from its shower. This will discourage any infestation of pests as well as offering it a drink. Never allow the soil to become soggy.

In the winter months, I'd avoid fertilizing. Come spring and summer, when the ivy will grow more rapidly, you can offer it a bit of fertilizer (less than suggested on the package-that's usually too generous) whenever you water it.

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