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IVY-Hedera - English Ivy (is just one kind)

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There are many types of Ivy. Hedera includes English Ivy, Variegated Ivy, Glacier, Parsley, Needlepoint, Manda, Algerain Ivy and many, many more varieties.

Ivies are good climbers and can be used on trellis and wire forms. They also make a very showy plant in hanging baskets or as a ground cover between larger plants. Most florists use cut ivy in bridal work and also in their everyday arrangements.

Contrary to popular belief, Ivies are not the easiest plants to grow. They suffer in heated homes, especially in the winter. You must give them extra attention if you want your plant to flourish.

TEMPERATURE: Ivy likes cooler temperatures. Ideally night temps of 50 - 60 degrees. If it's too warm the leaf edges will begin to brown and new growth will be bare and spindly. Also watch for spider mite in warmer temperatures.

LIGHT: Ivies like bright light during the winter. Avoid the direct sunlight during the hot summer months.

WATER: Soil should be kept barely moist. During the winter cut back on water and let the soil dry between waterings, but not so dry that the compost pulls away from the side of the pot. Ideal watering time is just before the point of wilt. Humidity is vital during the dry winter months. Mist plants frequently. Washing the leaves occasionally will help the humidity and help prevent spider mite.

Ivies are available year round in 3" and 6" pots and in 8" hanging baskets. At various time of the year, they are also available as hoops, hearts and topiaries in 4", 5" and 6" pots.