How to Root Ivy in Water

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Things You'll Need

  • Hand clippers

  • Container

  • Water

Propagate ivies by rooting a cutting in water.

Ivies (Hedera spp.) are a vast group of plants grown in gardens as ground covers or up trellises or walls. They are also grown in hanging baskets and as houseplants. Although not always recommended, according to Clemson University and the University of Vermont, most ivies easily root in water. If you want to propagate your ivy without the hassle of soil, try rooting it in water.

Step 1

Fill a container with water and let it sit out overnight to evaporate any chlorine and become room temperature. A small, clear jar works well. You can easily see if the ivy is rooting and know when to change the water.

Step 2

Water the ivy the day before the cutting. The next morning cut off 6 inches of new growth with at least three or four sets of leaves.

Step 3

Pinch off the bottom two set of leaves and place the cutting in the container of water. Only the bottom of the stem without the leaves should be in the water.

Step 4

Place the ivy cutting in a warm area out of direct sunlight. Replenish the water when necessary and change it if it becomes foul. Use water that sat out overnight. In about four to six weeks, the ivy cutting should have plenty of roots and be ready to plant.


Melissa Lewis

Melissa Lewis is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has also written for various online publications. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.