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Hedera Helix, or English Ivy, is a great indoor or outdoor plant. It generally requires little care if given the right conditions, preferring bright, indirect light, cooler temperatures and some humidity. It doesn't mind very cold temperatures if "hardened off" first.
Often seen growing outside on the side of a house or on a fence, it will take temperatures below freezing. I have some planted in a clay pot outside my front door and it has survived snow, ice and drought without much attention. It is much easier to grow outside than in, but can be kept inside with some care.
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Hedera comes in a variety of shapes, sizes and variegation. Some are virtually triangular in shape, some are three-lobed, some are five-lobed. The Needlepoint Ivy has long pointed lobes and is nearly star shaped. Which ever variety you choose, provide proper light and water and mist when possible to avoid mite problems and raise the moisture level.
Indoors you should provide the brightest light you have available. It will acclimate to lower light if you treat it carefully and if you start with a good healthy plant with a good root system. It will take cool temperatures.
Hedera Helix is a houseplant that will do well as a hanging plant, table plant or a climbing houseplant. You may want to use it in a dishgarden as an accent for other plants. It tends to be more difficult when you first bring it home, especially if it is a young plant with a poor root system. Remove it from its grow pot before purchasing to make sure the roots are healthy and well established.
Watering Hedera - In low to medium light, allow to dry completely before watering thoroughly. If it is kept in a bright light situation, you can a water thoroughly when the potting media has dried about one-half of the way down. Please check out watering indoor plants and lighting for houseplants. These will make the greatest difference in success with potted plants.
It is helpful to mist the leaves often, both for humidity and to discourage spider mites which seem to really love Hedera Helix, especially indoors. Cutting back the longest runners occasionally will encourage new growth as will pinching back new growth tips.
One of the biggest problems you may have with Hedera Helix is spider mites. The easiest way to avoid spider mite problems is to give your Hedera Helix a good shower once a week, washing both tops and bottoms of leaves. This will wash off any pests and their eggs, clean the plant and raise the moisture level. Spider mites thrive in hot, dry conditions so if your plant is in a hot, dry, sunny spot, keep an eye out. Spider mites reproduce at an amazing rate that increases as the temperature increases.
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