All Things Gardening forum: ivy in hanging baskets and winter

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escrime99
Nov 29, 2017 2:49 PM CST
Hello,

I have several hanging baskets with English Ivy that I started from clippings. They seem happy but winter is approaching and I'm in CT where it can get cold. Will these baskets be okay where they are or should I move them inside?
One option I have is a three season room where they will continue to get light (indirect/shade) but will be shielded from the harshest weather. It's not heated but it's enclosed. In fact it is the porch you're looking at with storm panels installed.

Now that it is cold I water them once a week. Thanks in advance for your advice
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Name: Will Creed
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WillC
Nov 29, 2017 5:20 PM CST
Theoretically, your Hedera Helix plants should be ok outside as they are listed as hardy in Zone 5 with temps as low as -15 degrees F. However, that assumes they are growing in the ground that provides better insulation for the roots than those grown in pots.

To be on the safe side, it might be best to give them some added protection in your three season room.

In colder temps, the growth rate will slow considerably and they will require less frequent watering. Avoid following a rigid calendar schedule and water them as needed, allowing the soil to dry a bit deeper in the pot than normal between waterings. Also, it's best to cease fertilizing and to prune them back as much as you can stand.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
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