How to Care for Hanging Ivy Plants

Ivy is especially well suited to hanging baskets. The long vines drape down, eventually reaching the floor and providing a cascade of foliage. Ivy comes in a variety of colors and leaf sizes, from broadleaf, deep green types to small-leaved varieties with variegated leaf markings. Most ivy varieties thrive inside the home, as they do not require direct sunlight and only need minimal care. Hanging ivy baskets are suitable for outdoor seating areas where canopies and patio covers provide shade.

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Combine ivy with flowering plants for a colorful basket design.

Step 1

Hang the basket in an area that receives bright, indirect light and is away from drafts and air ducts. Indoors, north facing windows or locations several feet away from a window are preferable, as direct light can damage or kill the ivy. Hang outdoor plants in an area that is shaded for most of the day.

Step 2

Water ivy just as the soil in the basket begins to dry. Baskets with sphagnum moss or coir liners dry more quickly than plastic baskets, so may need watering twice as often. Water from the top until the excess moisture begins to drain from the bottom of the basket. Indoor baskets require watering every one to two weeks, while outdoor baskets may need water two or more times a week.

Step 3

Fertilize the ivy with 1 tsp. 20-10-20 analysis soluble fertilizer, following the label application method. Fertilize indoor plants once every two months. Fertilize outdoor plants once monthly, as both water and fertilizer leaches out of outdoor baskets more quickly due to light and heat.

Step 4

Remove dead or damaged leaves and stems. Pinch these off the plant or cut them off just above the damaged area with a small pair of shears.


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