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English Ivy

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English Ivy

Introduction

English Ivy is an evergreen, creeping vine that forms a dense mat of dark-green foliage 6 to 8 inches tall. The plant grows best in shade or semi-shade locations. It is most useful on north and east facing banks, under trees where grass will not grow, or as an under planting between shrubs. If exposed to full sun or sweeping winds, the foliage “burns” or discolors in the winter.

Use and Management

English Ivy can be planted 1 foot apart for cover in one year, it is more economical to transplant growing plants from pots of flats in the spring at a spacing of 12 to 18 inches. Vines may grow about 3 feet the first season. When used next to buildings, walls, or trees, English Ivy will climb by means of aerial rootlets. Its roots have the ability to damage mortar between bricks and the density of the vines in the trees can be damaging.

Planting

  • Available in 2”, 4”, 6” pots or 1 gal containers and can be staked for use as a vine
  • Suggested plant spacing are:
  • 6” to 9” OC for 2” or 4” pots
  • 12” to 18” OC for one gal containers
  • Plant in triangular spacing.

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