Ivy (Hedera) is a plant everyone knows. Widely used as a ground cover, it also makes a great hanging houseplant. English ivy (Hedera helix) is hardy from USDA Zones 4 to 9, while the larger leaved Algerian ivy (Hedera canariensis) is only hardy in Zones 9 and 10, but is grown as a houseplant farther north. Both varieties are easy to propagate from stem cuttings.

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Few plants are as adaptable as ivy.

Step 1

Fill the flat or shallow container with moist, well-drained growing medium. Potting soil, sand, perlite or vermiculite are all good choices.

Step 2

Remove the bottom leaves from your ivy cuttings. Be sure to expose at least 2 nodes (the place where the leaf joins the stem). Roots will grow from the nodes.

Step 3

Dip the bottom of the cutting into the rooting hormone, being sure to coat the nodes you exposed. This step is optional, but the hormone encourages rapid root growth.

Step 4

Stick the cuttings into the flat at 3-inch intervals. Be sure they are inserted deep enough to cover the exposed nodes.

Step 5

Put sticks or small twigs in each corner of the flat, then drape a piece of plastic wrap over the flat to create a mini-greenhouse. Fold back one corner to create a small vent to prevent humidity from getting too high.

Step 6

Place the flat in a shady location. Water if necessary to keep medium moist but do not let the soil get soggy.

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Ivy is a great houseplant.

Give the cuttings a slight tug after 2 or 3 weeks to check for root formation. If roots have developed, discard the plastic wrap and re-pot the cuttings into individual containers. Gradually expose them to more light. You can plant them into their permanent garden position after 6 to 8 weeks.