Answer: In my experience, ivy leaves that drop to turn brown and dry, shrivel up, and die. I'm lucky that there are no poisonous snakes living near me. Yes, ivy can be useful, especially in its native habitat. I water it once a week. Ivies prefer to be kept slightly on the dry side, so let the soil dry out some (dry to the touch on top) before you water your ivy plant again. We get quite a lot of rain where I live. The task involves cutting the plant at frequent intervals (or all at once if the growth is small) and then digging out the roots. Supporters of the plant say that ivy growing on the outside of a building helps a wall by providing thermal insulation, keeping it cooler in summer and warmer in winter. English ivy is poisonous to humans and pets — The leaves and berries of English ivy contain glycoside hederin, which can cause side effects that range from mild (diarrhea and dilated pupils) to severe (difficulty breathing, fever, and lack of coordination). Some of these chemicals may be helpful for us. Far more European bird species feed on the berries, however. I am no ivy fan. The vine will climb or form dense ground cover. Very interesting facts here my friend. The war against unwanted English ivy can be won with effort and persistence. The best that I can do is to share tips that I’ve read. Personally, I wouldn't try to deliberately guide it over another plant, even though the ivy won't attach to it. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on August 24, 2019: Thanks, Maren. Question: The leaves of my English ivy are very dry and crispy. The petiole is about 0.6 to 0.8 inches. An "invasive" plant spreads rapidly and hurts native organisms. The plant contains a substance called falcarinol that can cause dermatitis as well as blisters when people handle it. A local agricultural organization or college or a plant nursery or garden store in your area might be able to give you more specific help with respect to your situation. Unfortunately, as an introduced plant ivy may have no natural enemies to control its growth and may become invasive. Intact parts of the English Ivy plant should never be eaten. The English Heritage organization has studied the effect of English Ivy on walls. Despite being in the hot desert, in my backyard I have a thriving, old, enormous English Ivy plant growing up against the drystone wall in the sunken garden. We have English ivy growing on our woodshed. It grows and spreads rapidly when conditions are ideal. In irritant contact dermatitis, the skin is damaged by touching a substance. The subterranean roots extend into the soil, attaching the plant to the ground and absorbing water and nutrients from the soil. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on May 04, 2014: Thank you very much, Dianna! Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 14, 2014: I've never been a big fan of ivy. The nectar inside the flowers of English ivy is a food source for bees and butterflies in both Europe and North America. It sounds like something is seriously wrong with your plant, though. The climate and environment is suitable for English Ivy in many areas, which enables it to survive outside of its native habitat. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society ( might be able to give you information and help, too. Answer: English ivy produces adult leaves and flowers only when it grows vertically. English ivy certainly needs to be controlled. This is the plant that inspired the Ivy League colleges nickname. Dee is a freelance writer based in Colorado. Pruning shears, loppers, or a saw are needed to cut the stems, depending on their thickness. These categories include the following: At no point in the article do I say that ivy can treat human cancer, however. There is information on the Internet. I appreciate your votes and the share very much, too. Once the roots take hold, the evergreen vine needs very little water. Some North American birds eat the berries. A "standardized" extract is one with a known concentration of the active substance. Protective gloves and clothing are useful, especially if a person develops dermatitis after touching the plant. Kitty Fields from Summerland on May 03, 2018: I love the look of English ivy, and have thought often of growing it in my Florida garden. Any ideas as to why? Answer: I remove weeds by pulling them instead of using chemicals, so I don't have much experience with weed killers. English ivy sometimes seems to have a mind of its own! Will the ivy grab on like it does to trees and walls? It is very beautiful but we do have to keep it cut down as it does take over. Clumps of adventitious or aerial roots are located at intervals along the climbing stems. In my experience, the growth of ivy is most rapid once the plant has become well established in a new area. Question: A 30-foot ivy vine broke and became detached from the tree. Is there a book you recommend I purchase to learn more about these benefits? I read that this is because the plant is dehydrated so I watered it more. Many people are familiar with English ivy, also known as common ivy or by its species name, Hedera helix. A dense growth of ivy can affect not only the ivy grower's garden but also their neighborhood. in English Literature, as well as Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on April 16, 2014: Wow! I’m glad you avoided the tree! How much vegetation can it produce in a year? Others consider the plant to be an annoying weed that damages the environment and must be eradicated. This concentration is chosen for both effectiveness and safety. I see it sometimes when my husband and children are watching baseball games. English Ivy. it was just standing there dead anyhow. While English ivy can tolerate moist and dry soil both, it’s better to keep it on a balanced side. Hi, VioletteRose. Answer: Some evidence suggests that English ivy is poisonous to cattle, at least when it’s eaten in large quantities. Voted up, shared, etc. That being said, I have seen photos of wild ivy in North America that has smothered everything in its path, like you describe. Nanoparticles of titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are already used in sunscreens. In this article I'll discuss English ivy from a North American perspective. Others grow on an indoor trellis or a wire frame provided by the homeowner. With a brick wall, there is a danger of damaging the brick and the mortar when removing the ivy. so please Americans don't ignore this enviromental diaster. This was enjoyable and well-written. There are many types of ivy, ranging from rampant climbers to tiny miniatures. Has there been a sudden ivy disease? The American Ivy Society (yes, that’s a thing) has separated these cultivars into different categories based mostly on growing habits.. Ingesting large amounts of the plant can cause breathing difficulties, muscle weakness, coordination problems, fever, hallucinations, and even coma. FlourishAnyway from USA on April 23, 2014: I learned so many things reading this. The leaves are alternate, 50–100 mm (2–4 in) long, with a 15–20 mm (0.6–0.8 in) petiole; they are of two types, with palmately five-lobed juvenile leaves on creeping and climbing stems, and unlobed cordate adult leaves on fertile flowering stems exposed to full sun, usually high in … We live in southeastern Pennsylvania. I suggest that you plant only one vine. Balls actually get lost in the plants. The pot needs to be positioned carefully in a room and the vine wrapped around the trellis or frame if necessary. Medicines containing guaifenesin are often used as equivalent expectorants in North America. It may change the environment around the aerial roots, or rootlets, to produce a firm attachment. Horizontal growth is vegetative and produces juvenile leaves. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on April 15, 2014: Thank you very much, Vellur! Very informative. It's interesting that ivy may either be safe for walls or may damage them. Mainly on tee off boxes, installing a chain link fence and simply planting your choice on either side a foot or so apart. If a person chooses to fertilize the plant, it should be done sparingly. :). The majority of English ivy varieties and their close relatives climb vigorously and attach to vertical surfaces with rootlets. Identification: English Ivy is an evergreen woody vine. People with allergic contact dermatitis experience an allergic response after coming into contact with a substance that acts as an allergen. Maren Elizabeth Morgan from Pennsylvania on August 24, 2019: Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on July 24, 2019: I try to keep my ivy under control by trimming it regularly and rarely find it growing where I don't want it to. So considering all this is would say that the article is very misleading and evidently untrue. Should I only use one vine? Variegated English ivy. Thanks for the visit and the comment. Species. Answer: I can't say for certain without looking at the plant, but it certainly doesn't sound like English ivy. Do you think it will grow again or does this mean that its roots are dead and that it has no way of growing again? I don’t know of any herbicide that will kill the competing vine (whatever species it is) without hurting the ivy. Experts often say that when trying to remove a large ivy vine, cuts should be made at shoulder height and at ankle height. Answer: Yes, everywhere that English ivy grows in North America (USDA Zones 5 to 9), the plant is evergreen. Here in Canada I’ve had the plant in my garden for many years and keep it under control by trimming it regularly. English ivy care is a snap, so you can plant it in distant and hard-to-reach areas without worrying about maintenance. It has doubled in size but it is not sticking to the brick wall and it’s not growing the aerial roots. English ivy stems with lobed leaves are actually the juvenile form of the plant. Whether it shows up as the little fuzzy green growth letting you know it is time to throw out the old bread or the black spots around the pipes in your basement, no one ever really wants to see mold. Although some species of ivy are more susceptible to pests, fungi, and other issues, most are relatively hardy. There is a some evidence that English Ivy extracts help the coughs that develop in certain health conditions, but the extracts seem to work no better than other expectorants. Is there a weed killer I can use that won't kill the ivy? English ivy is also said to trap water that increases the chance of plant disease, although as in the case of ivy growing on walls not everyone agrees with this idea. The instructions for obtaining suitable cuttings from a vine and using rooting hormone might be present on the product package, and can also be found on various websites. It's very successful where I live. On a simplistic level, many people consider any evergreen plant that can climb to great heights to be a member of the ivy family. Falcarinol is found in carrots as well as English ivy. You should contact a gardening or pest expert in your area to see what information they can share about your local groundhogs. It's advisable to wear protective gloves when handling English ivy. However, it's potentially harmful to the environment. There are three to five lobes on each leaf. Question: After having pulled ivy off of the exterior walls of our home, I’m noticing that the ivy is beginning to follow the same marks left behind by what I had pulled off. English ivy seems to take as many chances as it can to spread to new areas. Never as an out-of-control fruiting arboreal branching invasive shrub. ENGLISH IVY Persian ivy is … Once the ground is clear it should be covered with mulch. In addition, a sheet of ivy may act like a sail and make the tree more susceptible to damage caused by windstorms. Imogen French from Southwest England on April 15, 2014: Very interesting, I have quite a lot of wild ivy in my garden growing up fences and walls, and it does have to be controlled to some extent as it can take over. Some types of ivy, such as Persian ivy, make a thick ground cover as well. I’ve never fertilized the soil around the plant because it grows very well without the addition of chemicals. Answer: All the English ivy that I’ve had experience with has always climbed well. For example, the leaves may be dark green or they may be variegated with white. Usages for it's remains would be most helpful, as I am trying to grow a tiny ECObiz removing invasive plants. The adult flowering stems have oval leaves instead. I hope it would be a non-toxic treatment, as that's what is desperately needed. I know the ivy is something they want, but I don't understand it. I would make sure that I did this if I owned cows. It’s easier to control inside homes compared to outside and can be encouraged to climb over a trellis. They may be able to act as a safe human sunscreen. English Ivy Goldchild ivy (variety of English ivy). It may even be useful medicinally. Good luck. I can definitely see it providing cover for snakes and other critters. A garden expert would need to examine your plants or soil in person (and perhaps in the lab) to identify the specific problem in your garden. English Ivy - Hedera helix - 18 Count Flat of Pint Pots. Is this completely unfounded? Question: Can too much rain cause English Ivy to die? I've always loved ivy plants. Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on December 06, 2014: Alicia, great informative hub. I put the plant in a larger pot but the leaves are still dry. Only as a controlled groundcovers, I would speculate. Hi, Bill. Love the hub, voted up. The four cultivars of English Ivy that have been shown to be the most invasive in the Pacific Northwest are Class C noxious weeds on the Washington State Noxious Weed List: Hedera helix 'Baltica', Hedera helix 'Pittsburgh', Hedera helix 'Star', Hedera hibernica 'Hibernica' (see below for pictures). H. Zell, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0 License. Planting Ivy at the base did the trick-- within a few years I had essentially a gorgeous. English ivy, or Hedera helix, is an evergreen plant that is found in many parts of Canada and the United States. I never knew any of this and it is certainly interesting! It doesn't matter if I try to root it in water or a really good seed starter mix. This is a very well thought out and informative Hub. Some researchers say that the most important factor in determining the outcome of ivy growing on walls is the initial state of the wall. Excellent job as always. For example, it doesn't damage tree trunks directly. However, its mat-forming growth habit allows it to smother out perennials and smaller shrubs in the landscape. Question: I bought three Baltic ivy vines and I'm planning to plant them near a 10 ft high and 20 ft long stone retaining wall. is this root rot? It certainly has interesting growth habits. English ivy likes moist but well-drained soil. Boston ivy is also a climbing vine, but it’s a deciduous plant. Birds carry the seeds/are spreading the plant. @Animandel - Yes, I know the baseball park you are talking about. It does best in soil that is rich in organic matter and in an area with at least partial shade, though it can tolerate sun. It can certainly be difficult to remove ivy from a wall once it's attached, since it clings to the wall very tightly. The researchers concluded that the falcarinol had delayed or slowed the development of cancer. In the Bay Area we would see Robins eat English Ivy berries and get intoxicated and fly into things One flew in the bathroom window and into the trash. her specialty when contributing to wiseGEEK. In Europe, English Ivy extracts are used as an expectorant. Hi, Imogen. Phytophthora is a water mold that can infect ivy. The most common type of ivy is English ivy; other types are quite rare, such as Cyprus ivy. hi i have a rather large indoor hedera helix and one of the stems has turned black and the parts thay were touching leaf stems wilted and i pruned them off. The lovely plant has a very interesting appearance and character. This is such an interesting topic and you wrote it with excellence. It has a vigorous climbing habit, which means it is ideal for growing on unappealing structures that you might want to hide, such as the side of a garage or a fence. This ivy climber is distinguished from other ivy... Needlepoint ivy. Without the natural checks and balances that often develop during their long occupation in their native habitat, introduced plants may become invasive and damage their surroundings. Some variations are shrub-like, while others produce an abundance of dark fruit and small green flowers. More research is needed in order to determine the practicality of using an ivy sunscreen. It develops long stems that become thick and very strong as they mature. They examined ivy growing beside very busy roads and discovered that it removed fine particles from the surrounding air. There are plants that certain animals are unlikely to eat, though. Also, make sure that your plant has excellent drainage. What I do say is that in one experiment with animals, a specific chemical found in ivy had benefits when it was eaten. it will kill your trees your forests and maybe you as it almost did me. Goldchild is a popular type of English ivy that can be identified by its smaller... Ivalace ivy. Thanks so much for filling in so many of the details that I didn't know. Question: I use English ivy for ground cover. English ivy (Hedera helix) has classically shaped three to five-lobed leaves in a glossy dark evergreen hue. Question: This is a 2 part question: All my ivy which is on the ground and has been established for over 40 years has died. No one should experiment with the berries to discover their effects, which may include the ones mentioned in my article. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 12, 2018: I grow English ivy outdoors, but I’ve never grown it indoors. The leaves of the English ivy can be between 2 to 4 inches long. They're both in separate pots so nutrient are not a concern. The plant can grow on walls, trees, cliffs, etc. How can I remove the "stuff" that is stuck to the cement? Both irritant contact dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis can be caused by ivy contact. Manda's Crested is a medium-growing variety that has dark green leaves and wavy edges. I appreciate it. The suggestions that I’ve read include scrubbing the area with a dry brush that has stiff bristles, dipping the brush into diluted dish detergent before using it, dipping into diluted dish detergent plus borax before using it, and dipping it into diluted bleach before using it. I think that ivy is pretty, too. English ivy can be found in a cultivated form as well as a wild one. I think that ivy growing on a fence or a wall looks lovely. There is some concern that the nanoparticles of these chemicals can travel through damaged skin and into our body, however, where they may have harmful effects. The colonists appreciated the plant’s ability to create an evergreen cover over the ground and used it as an ornamental plant. Good luck with your business. Anthracnose is a disease caused by various kinds of fungi. Trim this ground cover in the spring, to keep it manageable and discourage bacterial leaf spot. I love birds, too. Amazon Doesn't Want You to Know About This Plugin. The plant is generally considered to be only mildly poisonous, but the dangers of plant ingestion increase with the amount that is eaten. I think you need to seek expert advice from someone who can actually see the plant (or at least photos of it) and ask you questions about the situation. Thanks for any/all help & wise advice. English ivy (Hedera helix) is an evergreen vine that has been planted for many decades in South Carolina communities as a shade-loving groundcover.It is fast growing, drought tolerant, and generally maintenance free as it rarely has insect pest or disease problems. Thank you. I appreciate the reminder that it is toxic and can cause a skin reaction. I agree - I think that English ivy is pretty, too. In Europe, the ivy on tree trunks provides a hiding place for a range of small mammals and a nesting site for birds. Thanks for the comment and for sharing the information about your ivy. I mean can't they afford to get some weed killer and take care of that? Voted up. It's interesting that it may have some medicinal uses. Swedish Ivy. Weeds (long vine type) are intermixing and overtaking the ivy. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on April 23, 2017: Thanks for the comment. The topic is a controversial one. :Please don't do as we Irish and English did and let this grow or it will kill everything and get beyond control. It gave the home a nostaligic look. Ivy, any plant of the genus Hedera, with about five species of evergreen woody vines (rarely shrubs), in the ginseng family (Araliaceae). Common Name: English Ivy . While ivy doesn't like soggy soil, it doesn't like very dry soil either. Bits of plaster may be removed with the ivy and pieces of root and ugly marks may be left behind. I don't know of a suitable book to read about Ivy's potential health benefits. Also, thanks for pointing the health advantages associated with this plant. You would think that in this time in history we would know more about ivy's affect on walls. English Ivy . The adhesive secreted by the root hairs of English ivy contain tiny nanoparticles that have been found to block dangerous ultraviolet radiation. English Ivy is a beautiful plant with a long history. English ivy plants (Hedera helix) are superb climbers, clinging to almost any surface by means of small roots that grow along the stems. Experts also say that a wide zone around the base of the tree trunk should be cleared of ivy to prevent or delay a new invasion. Question: What will an English ivy grab hold of inside a home in order to "climb"? We see lots of ivy covered buildings here in the northeast. There are also variegated cultivars with multicolored leaves like ‘Little Hermann,’ whose elongated, arrow-shaped leaves feature pale green to cream streaks, while ‘Nena,’ also known as variegated fan ivy, offers vines full of small green leaves in the classic ivy shape lined with white edging. Although ivy is well known for its ability to climb walls, trellises, and other structures, it can also grow well from hanging baskets and in large pots. The genus name Hedera is the Classical Latin word for ivy, which is cognate with Ancient Greek χανδάνω (khandánō) "to get, grasp", both deriving ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *gʰed- "to seize, grasp, take". In Canada I need to use the more specific name when talking to people, though! Ivy can certainly be annoying when it spreads. Some people may think that importing a plant from another part of the world either deliberately or accidentally is unimportant, but there may be serious consequences. I'm afraid I don't recognize the symptoms that you describe. Wikibuy Review: A Free Tool That Saves You Time and Money, 15 Creative Ways to Save Money That Actually Work. What product or method could i use to get the rootlettes of English Ivy off the house brick? She has a B.A. This may enable the vine to be unravelled from a tree trunk. Answer: No. Generally, ivy grows well outside, particularly in native soils. Plus the cancer information is most fascinating. I'm assuming it's fine as long as they both have access to sunlight? Question: After removing ivy from my cement foundation, I am left with trails of whatever substance keeps it attached. The colours include dark green, light green, yellow, white, and red. Thank you for the research. It seems to do very well as an introduced plant. You could try doing this. These include the conditions in the local environment, the health of the plant, its treatment, and its genetics. There is really no such thing as an animal-resistant plant. Answer: People often “train” their ivy to take a certain path as it grows indoors. Many plants that climb are called ivy as well, even though they do not fall within the Hedera genus. Some people value ivy for its ability to form an attractive cover over walls and tree trunks. BS Thurner Hof, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0 License. Very interesting hub. As is the case with lots of health information on the web, though, many people list benefits for the plant uncritically without looking at the evidence. Thanks for the interesting comment. Answer: Yes, a cutting can produce roots without the use of rooting hormone, although the hormone increases the chance of success. Of course, I am already cautious around it because, as Jodah mentions above, it is a popular hangout for our snake population -- I never know what's lurking beneath those abundant leaves. Any idea what it is? I do develop a slight rash if I handle ivy too much. I'm not an expert in ivy removal. Great hub, voted up. English ivy has at least some benefits for the environment. In addition, Persian ivy has large leaves that are shaped like hearts, while the leaves of Cyprus ivy are much narrower. No part of the plant can be safely eaten. Please read articles carefully before you make comments such as the one that you posted. Answer: I have English ivy (or common ivy) in my garden. Question: Will groundhogs eat English ivy? Thank you! Mold can be a rather pesky part of nature. I’ve read that the plant often needs very little or no fertilizer, assuming it’s growing in soil containing organic matter. Dee is especially interested in topics relating to medicine, legal issues, and home improvement, which are It was a lovely summer day no wind nothing. It’s also helpful to obtain a cutting from a plant that is in the act of growing. Thanks for the visit. My first suspicion when I read your question was that it was a morning glory, which comes in varieties with purple flowers. Thank you very much for the vote and the share. Yes a tree with the crown covered in ivy fell 2 minutes from where I was walking. In addition, since I mention that some people find English ivy annoying and discuss the fact that the plant spreads rapidly and can be invasive, you are agreeing with me in your first sentence. Like other plants, ivy contains many different chemicals in a wide range of concentrations. I've read that somewhat similar plants are sometimes called English ivy in stores and garden centres when they are actually a different plant. Before you get rid of the plant, though, you should probably check with a garden centre or a local plant expert to see if there is anything you can do to encourage the plant's vertical growth and adhesion abilities. That would be wonderful if it could be used to treat cancer. My English ivy grows well in this environment. Spray with neem oil a… A root actually changes shape to anchor the plant. Will the ivy continue to follow these marks exactly? If you want to be very sure there aren’t any vines left, you can … If you try this, you should observe the plant underneath regularly and carefully to see how it does. Learn about a little known plugin that tells you if you're getting the best price on Amazon. Some people claim that the plant traps water next to the wall, increasing structural damage, while others say that the waxy covering on ivy leaves repels water from the wall instead. There is one around my garden to keep my dogs safe. My pachysandra and aucubas also are doing very poorly. Research suggests that the plant can absorb particles that are polluting the air. Does anyone know the place I am talking about? I would be very careful about what I allowed it to climb over indoors in case it causes damage. The leaves sometimes have an attractive variegated appearance consisting of two or more colours. I can't remember which stadium the ivy is in, but it looks out of place on a professional ball field. English ivy may have other health benefits for humans in addition to acting as an expectorant. I don't know of a weed killer that would be absolutely safe for your ivy. However I really like the look of it and it is great for birds that like to nest in it and eat the berries. English Ivy is a beautiful plant. Great job. Question: I have ivy in a couple of different areas, totaling a couple of hundred square feet. The results of experimentation could be dangerous. However, some people recommend that the upper portion of the vine be left to die naturally and crumble (as it will do, since it no longer has a water supply) because pulling it down may damage the tree. Ivy makes good ground cover. Although the plant isn't currently used for either of the following applications, it may be in the future. Perhaps the situation depends on the local environment and the variety of English ivy that’s growing. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on May 08, 2014: It is frustrating that the experts can't give us a definite answer about whether or not ivy damages walls. It can be very helpful for wildlife in its native habitat. It is known that the plant produces an adhesive to attach to a surface and that it follows a suitable path for growth, which is generally one with crevices. We had ivy covering our brick home in the midwest. Hedera hibernica is a similar plant that has also been introduced to North America and is often known as English ivy. If you try them, I suggest that you work on a small area of cement that's not in the main field of view first of all to see if the cleaning causes any damage. Ivy is often said to cause walls to break down as it sends its roots into crevices. Beentree, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0 License, jeltovski, via, morgueFile free license. It definitely can't be used as food now or in the forseeable future. It would be best to plant it in a place that is protected from the wind, so it doesn’t dry out. In its native habitat the common name of this plant is Atlantic or Irish ivy. The website is primarily about sheep, but it lists some serious effects of English ivy for "all species of livestock." Perhaps a garden centre or the extension department of a college could help you or give you the name of someone who could help you. Question: Is English ivy evergreen even in cold climates? Ivy has yellow-green flowers that are borne in clusters. English ivy helps in reducing indoor air pollution and certain allergens from the house like molds and other fungus growth. I think the ivy looks great when it is green, but during the early spring it is still brown and just looks like dead vines hanging on the wall. The main problem that gardeners face with ivy is overwatering. Poor robins - especially the one that fell in the trash! She loves to study nature and write about living things. Linda Crampton is a writer and teacher with an honors degree in biology. Rolly A Chabot from Alberta Canada on June 15, 2014: Hi Alicia... over the years I have used English Ivy, Virginia Creeper and Clematis as a safety barrier on Golf Course where there may be a danger of a poorly hit golf ball could hit others. English ivy (Hedera helix) and its many cultivars belong to the ginseng family (Araliaceae). As far as English ivy is concerned, I know of four situations involving parasites that can cause serious problems. Ivy does seem to have the ability to grow almost everywhere! Question: If ivy leaves fall to the ground, will they decompose or root? I suggest that you look for some at your local garden centre and read the instructions on the container carefully. English ivy can be found in a cultivated form as well as a wild one. It’s quite easy to stimulate an ivy cutting to produce new roots with the aid of rooting hormone, which can be bought in garden supply stores. It would be wonderful if new and safe cancer treatments were discovered. I know what you mean about English ivy! This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional. Scientific Name: Hedera helix . Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on November 07, 2018: Thanks for sharing your experience and the warning. Different kinds of English ivy feature different variegations, including dots and rings of cream, white, and other colors. Like Hedera helix, it may become invasive. Thank you very much for the comment and the vote, WiccanSage. In one experiment, mice were fed freeze dried carrots containing falcarinol, corn starch to which an equivalent amount of falcarinol had been added, or corn starch on its own. However, some researchers say that instead of causing crumbling, the plant often attaches to sections of walls that are already starting to crumble and have many crevices that the roots can enter. I think that’s the safest plan for your English ivy, though. I guess it depends on how much a person likes the plant. The plant has a long thin purple flower and seems to be taking over the ivy. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on April 17, 2014: Thanks for the comment and the vote, Eddy. There is a baseball park in the Major Leagues that has ivy on the outfield wall. I’m sorry the plant is such a problem where you live. English Ivy. Whenever the soil is dry to a depth of around half an inch, you could try lightly watering the plant. Question: I bought a variegated ivy from a garden center in the climber's section but it won’t cling to the wall despite making strong growth. Sometimes ivy is accused unfairly of crimes. Generally, the various types of ivy are named after their native countries. This species grows so prolifically that it is considered a noxious weed in some parts of the United States. Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 15, 2014: The facts about English Ivy enlightened me more. The young plants may grow less vigorously than more mature ones. According to reports that I’ve read from seemingly reliable sources, it may take ten years or more for the vine to flower, at least in the Pacific Northwest region of North America where I live. Some people are sensitive to it, so it is a good idea to be cautious. I prefer a green ivy that does not produce fruit, which attracts bugs and needs to be cleaned up. The plant adapts to any type of soil, thanks to its invasive nature, which is why the regular potting mix you use for other houseplants should be fine. Answer: It’s impossible to give an exact answer since growth rate depends on several factors. English ivy berries and the leaves of the flowering stems. I didn't realize how difficult it can be to get rid of it. The English ivy is a climbing plant that grows between 66 to 98 feet high. Too much or something. Thank you very much for the comment! The flowers have a tubular base and a flared tip. Ivy is much easier to deal with when its stems are thin and relatively weak than when they are thick and strong. I'm joking about the weed killer. The name ivy especially denotes the commonly grown English ivy (H. helix), which climbs by aerial roots with adhering disks that develop on the stems.English ivy is frequently planted to clothe brick walls. The aerial attachment roots and the subterranean roots have different structures and abilities. They say that the plant can protect walls from heat, cold, humidity, and pollution. Answer: Yes, it's possible, depending on where the ivy is planted. The function of these roots (or rootlets, as they are sometimes called) is to attach the plant to a surface as it climbs. There are many plants that do not fall within the Hedera genus that are still called ivy. Answer: I haven’t grown the Baltic variety of Hedera helix, but it’s said to grow quickly and even aggressively. I think it's so pretty growing up the side of buildings. Question: I have been successful and pleased with my English ivy, but recently I have had a competing plant/vine growing within the ivy. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 11, 2018: Hi, Seyit. Juvenile leaves are also produced when the plant grows vertically, but at some point in its vertical life, it also produces adult leaves and flowers. Ivy is mildly poisonous. VioletteRose from Atlanta on April 16, 2014: Great hub, you have shared so much of information about the plant here. English ivy is also a very popular indoor houseplant or for use in outdoor hanging baskets. Others say that the plant actually protects walls. English Ivy looks really great, its sad that they are invasive and may cause damage to the walls. I don't know whether this is actually the vine in your ivy, though. English Ivy is a climbing, trailing, and creeping vine. It’s also evergreen in Europe and Asia. It was labelled as English ivy under the climbers section and does look like any other climber ivy. The lesions in the mice that received falcarinol were significantly smaller than those in the mice that weren't given falcarinol. It is an avid climber, making it difficult to keep the plant in place. A standardized extract made from the English Ivy plant is generally safe, depending on how the extract is made. Thanks for the comment! Like you, I think that English ivy is a lovely plant (as long as its growth is controlled), but not everyone agrees with us! It's important to realize that the plant can regrow from a piece of root or stem. Very interesting Alicia and your obvious hard work certainly paid off here. New research indicates that the glue is not the only factor involved. If there is existing damage to a wall before the ivy grows, however, the rootlets may penetrate the cracks and cause further harm. I've actually learned quite a lot form you! Watering. You can make your own soilless medium as well with the help of this tutorial. Thank you very much, Devika! The animals don't live in my area so I can't talk from experience. It didn’t produce adult leaves or flowers for a long time, even when it was growing vertically, but now it flowers and produces fruit every year. Landscapers and gardeners may love ivy, but its ability to grow invasively, hide pests, and interfere with the growth of other plants needs to be taken seriously. I appreciate your visit. Some people confuse Boston ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata) with English ivy. Voted up and shared. They are each specialized for their particular jobs. There are many different variations to this plant. Question: Our English ivy, established in a large area of the yard (on the ground) for many years, has for the first time lost most of its leaves in late winter/early spring. If fertilizer is required, garden experts recommend that it includes a balanced ratio of chemicals. In that case, leaf spot may develop. More research is necessary. On the other hand, the plant may have health benefits. Question: Will my outdoor ivy grow back after all the leaves were eaten by wildlife? Photosynthesis is the process in which plants use light energy to produce their food. a law degree. New list: Close Add to List. An ivy plant has two types of roots. We also see it as ground cover around trees a lot. Thank you very much for the visit, alison. Question: Will English ivy live near an ocean beach? It attaches to them with its adventitious roots, but these don't penetrate the trunk or absorb nutrients from the tree. I think it can be attractive as well, though! I grew up in Britain, so I call the plant ivy, too. Growing English Ivy Plants. There may be other factors controlling the outcome of the ivy growth, though. The plant can climb as high as ninety feet if it has a good support. Answer: The answer is often no, but in certain circumstances English ivy can destroy brick. Voting Up +++ and sharing. Thank you very much for the kind comment, the vote and the share, Alun! How much area can one cover? This little known plugin reveals the answer. Marcy J. Miller from Arizona on April 14, 2014: I thoroughly enjoyed this, Alicia. It certainly needs to be managed well. I don’t know whether the plants will be able to grow back after such severe damage. It's a very successful plant. In 2010, they published the results of an investigation. For example, Algerian ivy has red-colored stems, while Japanese ivy has purple stems. It thrives in shade but also grows in sunny areas. I have English ivy as a house plant and I'm hoping it'll climb the walls :) If it interacts with other house plants will they suffer at all? Not all of the health benefits of ivy are definite yet, but they are all interesting! English Ivy is the most commonly planted ivy plant in North America and Europe. i cant find any information with this description. Although ivy continues to be treated with hostility, a study carried out between Oxford University and English Heritage in 2010 found that Hedera helix provides a thermal covering for walls and can be useful in protecting old buildings. Using Both Manual and Herbicides. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 06, 2014: Thanks so much for the lovely comment and for the vote and share, Jo! It grows anywhere and everywhere. leafy living wall that gave me more privacy and a much better view. There seems to be some debate about the degree of toxicity, however. Determining these factors is actually a harder job than it seems. Answer: Your ivy sounds like it’s in bad shape. It’s a very opportunistic plant. It may need pruning as guidance, though. Specific number sequences show the amount of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium in a bag of fertilizer. As an Anglophile at heart, I cherish that plant! Once all of the ivy seems to have been removed, the area should be checked periodically to ensure that new plants aren't growing. English ivy nanoparticles may be safer, although this hasn't been proven yet. Chain link fences are useful, but they're certainly ugly! Ivy is one of those plants I've never bothered to use medicinally, but I tell you-- I had a house once with a large expanse of ugly chain link fence at one end, and it was a pretty barren area. It's very interesting to hear that you have an English ivy plant growing in the desert, MJ. The ivy may block light that the tree and other plants need for photosynthesis. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on June 15, 2014: This sounds like a great use for English ivy, Rolly! It would also be a good idea to go to the garden centre to find out exactly what variety of ivy you have (if you don’t already know) and discuss its inability to climb with them. Perhaps a garden store or a horticulturist would know of one. It's a good idea to do some research before buying an ivy plant to grow indoors in order to discover the requirements for keeping the plant healthy and well behaved. Question: What fertilizer should I use for common ivy? Ivy should not be kept in standing water or overly wet soil. Marie Hurt from New Orleans, LA on April 15, 2014: I think ivy is very pretty but it does tend to take over. The chemical reduced the size of colon lesions that typically become cancerous at some point in time (but were not yet cancerous). Source: Joel Carnat. why is English Ivy successful outside of its native habitat? Some kinds of ivy have flowers and fruit. What are the possibilities? In addition, some people develop dermatitis after coming into contact with the plant. For example, Himalayan ivy is known for its clusters of small yellow flowers and yellowish fruit that eventually turns dark in color. it just fell The ivy got heavy on one side and pullled it over. In addition, the invasive vine, Boston ivy, is not a member of the Hedera genus. I like the look of English ivy, too. You could also try lightly misting the leaves on a regular basis. Answer: Powdered or liquid rooting hormone can be very useful in encouraging an English ivy stem to produce roots. If there is a very dense growth of ivy it may damage trees indirectly. The ivy covers the walls in the outfield of Wrigley Field in Chicago. Greensleeves Hubs from Essex, UK on December 06, 2014: Linda, a very informative and impartial look at the pros and cons of ivy both in the wild and in gardens (in England of course, it's just called 'Ivy' not 'English Ivy' !) English ivy plants typically have two-toned or variegated leaves that are attractive and ornamental. Ivy doesn’t overrule the local wild plants in my area, either. The leaves began falling off, and felt really dry. Hi, ologsinquito. Thank you very much for the comment and the vote. Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on April 14, 2014: Thanks for the education Linda. Some people appreciate ivy as a ground cover in their garden, however. The plant has been introduced to other parts of the world. It seems safest to remove any ivy that grows in a cow’s habitat. Hi, truthfornow. The most common type of ivy is English ivy; other types are quite rare, such as Cyprus ivy. Here's wishing you a great day and voting up for sure. I've heard about methods for removing the rootlets from brick, but I don't want to recommend them because I don't know whether they could damage the brick. Perhaps that's what happened in your case. I hope you have a great day, too! English ivy, or Hedera helix, is the iconic ivy we see growing on walls and as ground cover outdoors. It's an interesting plant. I bought it at my garden centre. This plant is an evergreen climbing ornamental vine and grown in gardens houses and on fences. Faith Reaper from southern USA on April 14, 2014: We have English Ivy growing along the brick walls of one side of our driveway leading up to the walkway to our front door. Your comment is definitely food for thought. I certainly have experienced its rapid takeover of land, however. Always, sometimes or never? English ivy (Hedera helix) is the most popularly grown species of ivy and encompasses a wide range of cultivated varieties. What are some ways to eradicate it? You are so good trying to see more than one perspective on this plant. I prefer to research before even thinking of attempting to ingest them, but I have found very little to no information whatsoever regarding this matter. A few varieties need to be twined around a wire fence or trellis in order to grow vertically, though. For example; a 15-15-15 bag contains 15% nitrogen, 15% phosphorus, and 15% potassium. All of the mice in the experiment were given a chemical that causes colon cancer. All I can see is that it's killing environmentally valuable trees that I love. Ivy does look beautiful on buildings. Seyit S Cihan from Ankara, Turkey on September 09, 2018: It wasn't in the article, I wonder when you cut a branch that has climbing-holding roots but not subterranean roots, do the climbing roots transform into subterranean roots if they placed under soil? It has other benefits as well, even in North America, where it can sometimes be problematic. It’s sometimes said that in a suitable environment English ivy can potentially grow up to one or even several feet in height and width per year, however. I have started it in several areas, and I absolutely love it. The cultivated version of variegated ivy is a popular addition to plant containers and landscaped areas. That will probably be enough for you to manage as the plant grows and spreads. It started with one small branch about six inches long ten years ago and is now a luxurious part of our garden. Some people say that the plant is destructive, causing walls to crumble as it clings to them. Answer: English ivy berries are poisonous. These ivies are often grown … Wonderful hub. Ingo2802, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0 License. I have never read any information indicating that groundhogs (also known as woodchucks) are especially attracted to English ivy, but this doesn't mean that they aren't. Spring or summer are the best times for obtaining the cuttings. Despite its common name, Swedish ivy ( Plectranthus australis, also known … To grow many types of ivy, only a stem cutting is needed. In some parts of North America it grows all year. I suggest that you contact a garden centre to see if they know of a safe and effective way to remove the rootlets. They also say that the rootlets cause no or very minor damage to walls. Ivy is a complex plant!