The Best Way to Transplant Ivy Plants

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Many ivy species, such as Hedera helix, are easy to transplant successfully.
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Ivy plants can look beautiful indoors and out. The fact that they can climb walls but can also cascade downward out of pots means one relatively small plant can fill quite a large space with greenery. English ivy (​​Hedera helix​​, U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 to 9) is one of the most common and easy-to-cultivate ivy species.

The placement of ivy is key to the plant's success. This may mean that as your plant grows, it needs to be transplanted to a larger area with a bigger potential for growth. Knowing the best way to transplant ivy plants can help you make the move successfully.

When transplanting ivy plants, it's important to bear in mind that English ivy is not native to the United States. In fact, in some regions, English ivy is considered to be an extremely invasive species. Planting English ivy in the ground may be a bad idea for this reason, so check with your county extension office before transplanting ivy into beds. If you do wish to grow English ivy outdoors, hanging baskets can be a good alternative to prevent roots from escaping and invading the surrounding ground.

Best Ivy Plant Placement

English ivy is a particularly popular houseplant thanks to the fact that it's so adaptable to different placement conditions. It does require some level of sunlight for growth, but it can tolerate shadier areas that may cause issues for other plants. Mild temperatures are best for English ivy, as the plant may struggle when it gets too hot or cold.

If you're starting your plant indoors, north-, west- or east-facing windowsills are ideal locations. You know your garden best, but choosing an area of medium sunlight where a plant hanger can hold your ivy container will help you make the most of your plant's downward growth. Ivies have good shade tolerance and are not fussy about their soil or pruning. Larger outdoor ivy plants can also boost your garden wildlife in terms of pollination and providing shelter to smaller animals.

Ivy Plant Care

Properly care for your ivy plant by first making sure it's growing in fairly dry soil. A commercial potting mix is usually a fine option as long as you select a pot with drainage holes in the base and allow your ivy plant to dry out between waterings. You can use a nitrogen-rich fertilizer around once per month during the growing season between March and November.

Wash ivy houseplants periodically to remove and prevent pest infestations. Showering for around 15 minutes is usually adequate, though insecticidal soap may be necessary for more troublesome bugs.

Transplanting Ivy Plants

Ivy is a plant that responds well to being moved, and it will quickly put down new roots. You must first find the base of your ivy plant by following the stem. It can be useful to prune off any new runners to make the transplanting easier. Use a small shovel to loosen the roots around the stem's base. Take your time doing this, as rushing or being too rough can cause roots to snap.

In your new pot, mix together your commercial potting mix with perlite and mulch in a 50-25-25 ratio. Make a hole in your new mixture about twice the size of the root ball and then place the roots in the hole. Cover the roots with more of your prepared mixture and then lightly tamp down the top with your palm to secure your new ivy plant in place. You should water your new plant immediately and then leave it to dry out fully before watering again.


Annie Walton Doyle is a freelance writer based in Manchester, UK. Her work has appeared in The Huffington Post, The Daily Telegraph, Professional Photography Magazine, Bustle, Ravishly and more. When not writing, she enjoys pubs, knitting, nature and mysteries.

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