Gardening

Ivy: an easy climbing plant ... and invasive


Ivy, whether outdoors or indoors, is a climbing plant or a plant that is sometimes invasive ...

In summary, what you need to know:

Last name : Hedera helix
Family : Araliaceae
Type : Climbing

Height
: 5 to 20 m
Exposure : Sun and shade
Ground : Ordinary

Foliage
: Persistent

Maintenance is easy for ivy, which adapts to any type of soil and does just about anywhere.

  • Read also: growing indoor ivy

Planting ivy

Most of the time, ivy tends to settle on its own, without needing to be planted.

Common ivy is the perfect plant to hide an unsightly wall.

  • Prefer a plantation in autumn or in spring and avoid periods of frost.
  • Ivy thrives in both sun and shade.
  • Water abundantly at the beginning.

Ivy pruning

Let the ivy climb as a ground cover or wall cover.

You can easily prune it if it takes up too much space, and it will not affect its development.

  • Pruning can take place from spring to fall, avoiding the winter period.

Getting rid of invasive ivy

Sometimes ivy becomes so invasive that we have no choice but to get rid of it.

Ivy, once properly established, is difficult to dislodge and no commercial product can help you eliminate it.

Only the elbow grease and the strength of the arms will allow you to destroy it permanently.

  • Follow the ivy to the root and cut it short, taking as much of the root as possible whenever possible.
  • Avoid at all costs that ivy takes possession of other plants such as an old tree.

On old ivy, the trunk may be between 10 and 20 cm in diameter

  • Cut the base of the ivy with a chainsaw
  • Monitor ivy regrowth regularly and remove any new growth that appears

Over time, you will deplete the ivy which should eventually capitulate and disappear.

To know about ivy

Well known to old buildings, ivy is an excellent wall covering that can take on incredible proportions.

Hardy and fairly fast growing, it will become quite difficult to get rid of, unless you follow the above advice.

The word hedera has Latin origins since harder means "to tie". Ivy has no difficulty in attaching itself wherever it can.

Ivy can even come to settle on trees, which is to be avoided since it can suffocate the tree which eventually withers.

Smart tip about ivy

Be careful because ivy can damage the walls, especially if they are old and crumbly.


  • Read also: growing indoor ivy

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Video: Houseplant Ivy Care (October 2020).