One of the best choices for a fast-growing screen or ground cover. Ivy is easy to grow and very rewarding. With the proper light, water and care an Ivy will excel indoors, and can beautifully vine down from a hanging pot.
Grow Ivy in medium light for best results. It does tolerate low light, but Ivy won't grow as well or last as long in dim spots. Ivy can take bright light indoors, as well, and even a bit of direct sun on its foliage. In general, Ivy varieties that have white variegation on their leaves are more susceptible to damage from too much sun.
Water your Ivy when the top inch or so of the potting mix dries out. If you miss a watering or two and your Ivy wilts, don't worry it should recover after you give it a splash of water. Take care not to overwater Ivy. It's best to keep this houseplant a little too dry than a little too wet.
A variegated Ivy tolerates most indoor temperatures, but room temperature of 50° to 70° F during the day and 5° to 10° F lower at night is best.
Common Problems Q&A
Why are my leaves brown/have dead patches?
Your plant is likely experiencing leaf scorch. Harsh sun and drying conditions can be the cause of this. Ivy growing a south facing wall and pavement may be scorched by reflected light and heat. keeping a consistent watering schedule can help prevent this.
Why are my leaves crispy and have brown edges?
Unlike most houseplants crispy leaves and brown edges does not mean your Ivy needs more water. Your Ivy plant actually needs less water. Ivy plants have brown leaves because the roots are too wet and cannot bring the necessary nutrients to the plant. It is better to keep your Ivy plant on the dry side.
Why is my Ivy dropping leaves?
This is likely due to an environmental imbalance. This is particularly common during the winter months when the heater is on creating dry air and therefore causing leaf drop. Consider moving your plant to a less drafty spot and increase humidity with a humidifier.