Hedera helix

English Ivy

Ivy, Common Ivy, English Ivy, European Ivy

Ivy (Hedera helix) is a climbing plant and can grow wild over 20 meters long. In the garden, it is used as ground cover or for greening facades. However, it is also well suited for care in pots, as a balcony plant or as an indoor plant.

Hedera helix



Hedera helix can be placed in partial shade to full sun. If the pot is not too small, so that the soil dries out quickly, it tolerates hot summer sun.

Hedera helix Ivy


Ivy does not require a special substrate. It can be planted in regular mixes for indoor plants, container plants, palms, succulents, herbs or vegetables.

Hedera helix


The root ball can dry moderately between waterings. The short-term drying, for a maximum of one day and if this is not happening regularly, does not harm.

Nor is it harmful if there is water in the saucer for a few hours.

variegated Ivy


Liquid fertilizer for green plants or flowering plants can be given monthly from spring to fall. Slow release fertilizer such as sticks or pellets in spring and summer.

Do not fertilize the first year after purchase or repotting. Most substrates are pre-fertilized.

Hedera helix cultivars
From Hedera helix cultivars with variegated, broad and narrow leaves are available.


Ivy grows well at room temperature year-round, but can also be wintered cold to temperate, at 32 °F to 59 °F (0 °C to 15 °C).

Hedera helix Glacier
Hedera helix “Glacier” used as balcony plant.

Ivy as a balcony plant

Care for Ivy as a container plant on the balcony differs from that indoors only in one aspect: wintering.

Hedera helix is hardy and can be kept on the balcony all year round.

Since the pot ball can dry out during permafrost, it is better to place it frost-free during this period.

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