Ivy: cultivation and care - Among the most common climbing plants in the garden we find ivy, an evergreen that clings to walls, trellises, trees and other supports, giving life to real plant walls of great beauty. Ivy also grows well in pots and even adapts to living in an apartment.
The small ones ivy roots they cling very easily to vertical surfaces, facilitating the growth of the plant in height. The leaves have different sizes and have white or yellowish variegations. Between September and October, spherical, green inflorescences develop on the foliage, which then turn into black berries.
It should be noted that it is a toxic plant: all parts of the plant cannot be ingested at all, therefore it is good to keep children or animals away.
There ivy cultivation it does not require particular cultural knowledge, it is a rustic plant that also grows spontaneously; by virtue of this it can easily withstand hostile climatic conditions.
Depending on where you place the plant, you will have different leaves: those that grow in the shade have a lobed shape, while those exposed to light are whole. In any case, it is preferable to guarantee the plant a temperature between 5 and 20 degrees.
Ivy, useful information
- In the case of summer with very high temperatures, it is good to increase irrigation. The most suitable periods for planting are the mid-seasons, that is in spring or autumn, when it will be possible to multiply the existing plants by seed or by cutting.
- Ivy can be grown with any type of soil, the important thing is that it is drained, in any case it is preferable to opt for a light soil rich in humus, which must always be kept slightly moist.
- During the summer it is advisable to add a specific fertilizer for green plants to the water.
- Wet the leaves every two months to remove any accumulated dust.
- Since it is a climber with a very rapid growth, it is necessary to practice periodic pruning: this operation must be carried out in spring and consists in eliminating the dry branches and shaping the plant according to the shape you want to obtain, especially in the first years .