How To Propagate Ivy Houseplants

Up to 4 feet (1 m) of ivy vine should be cut. Make use of a tidy pair of shears or a pointed knife. Cut the vine into several segments, each with one or two leaves. Trim the stem below each leaf to about one inch, and make each cut directly above the leaf.

Each stem’s tip should be coated with rooting hormone powder. Sand (or a sand/soil mixture) should be used to fill a planter. Planting holes should be made in the sand. Each powdered stem should be placed in a hole before being gently surrounded by sand.

Put the planter in a plastic bag and thoroughly water the sand inside to help the soil maintain moisture. To keep it moist, open the bag once a week and water as necessary. Within six to eight weeks, the ivy twigs will start to grow and become prepared for replanting in a permanent place.

It is also simple to root ivy plants in water. Cut off any bottom leaves, then arrange your cutting on a window sill that receives enough of light. You should begin to notice roots forming in the water in a few weeks. Ivy plants can be easily rooted in water, but it is always preferable for the plant if it is rooted in a firm planting media, as transplanting water-rooted cuttings to the soil is more challenging and their chances of survival are reduced. So, rather than using water, the ideal place to root an ivy cutting is in sandy soil.

Note that English ivy is a non-native plant in the US and is regarded as an invasive species in many states. Before planting it outside, check with your neighborhood extension office.

Ivy from a cutting can it grow?

By using stem cuttings, English ivy (Hedera helix) can be multiplied. Cut off 4- to 5-inch-long shoots with a sharp knife. Pinch off the leaves from the cuttings’ lower section. Cut ends should be dipped in a rooting hormone. The cuttings should then be rooted in perlite or coarse sand. The cuttings should be placed in the rooting media at a depth of 1 to 112 inches. The rooting medium should be wet. Place a clear plastic bag over the cuttings and container to prevent water from evaporating while the cuttings are being rooted. In flats with translucent plastic domes, cuttings can also be rooted. Place the cuttings in a bright area after that (but not in direct sun). Throughout the rooting phase, keep the rooting medium wet. In 6 to 8 weeks, the cuttings should begin to root. Remove the cuttings from the rooting medium and pot them up once their root systems have grown well.

Can cuttings be planted directly in the ground?

As long as you have properly prepared the cuttings, you can place them directly into the soil. According to Chick-Seward, “cut under a node at the bottom and above a node at the top.”

Remember that the soil must be able to drain well; as a result, if your garden soil is heavy clay, for instance, you will need to make a suitable potting mix. Fill tiny pots with one part compost to two parts grit with compost, advises Raven.

How is indoor ivy cared for?

Ivy cultivars generally thrive in bright, indirect sunlight. Low to medium light is tolerated, although growth is stunted, and variegated specimens may turn completely green. Give a variegated ivy lots of light to keep its vibrant color. Ivies can be cultivated under artificial light or close to a window facing the north, east, or west.

Ivies should be thoroughly watered before the soil is allowed to dry to the touch to a depth of 1/2 inch. Despite the fact that ivies like moderate humidity, they may live in homes with typical, low levels. Place the plants on a tray filled with moist pebbles or perlite to increase the humidity. Ivies shouldn’t be allowed to stand in water. Ivies should not be overcrowded and should have sufficient air circulation.

Ivies thrive in rooms that are kept at temperatures between 50 and 70 °F during the day and 5 to 10 °F cooler at night.

Ivy will do well in a decent, rich commercial houseplant potting mix. They ought to be cultivated in a drainage-friendly container.

Ivies should be fertilized regularly with a leafy houseplant fertilizer while they are actively growing, as instructed on the label. When plants cease growing, whether in the height of summer or during the coolest months, avoid fertilizing them.

Cuttings of the stem or tip are rooted for propagation. Ivy of most varieties readily takes root in water. When ivies start to top-heavy, get root-bound, or dry out too quickly, repot the plants. The diameter of the new pot shouldn’t be more than an inch bigger than the pot it was first grown in. Using a pot that is too big could result in root rot since the soil would stay damp for too long.

A small-leafed ivy cultivar is planted at the base of a wire frame that has been covered in sphagnum moss to create ivy topiaries. The plants are pinned to the frame and kept under control. To maintain the shape clear, they must be clipped often. In order to highlight characteristics on an animal topiary, such as eyes, two species of ivy may occasionally be planted on a frame. Take extra care to maintain moisture in a topiary’s higher parts.

Additionally, they can be taught to draw various shapes including cones, pyramids, hearts, and circles. Plants with long stems should be used to wrap the frame. The frame could be pre-made or constructed out of sturdy galvanized wire. To give the planting additional support, extend the frame’s legs all the way to the bottom of the pot if you’re creating one.

How frequently do I need to water my ivy plant?

When the top inch of the soil begins to dry up, give ivy plants a vigorous soak. If indoors, mist the ivy’s leaves once a week with water to enhance humidity. To maintain the leaves green and prevent root rot, ivy typically needs watering once every seven days, but this might vary according on the region.

The finest watering techniques for growing ivy plants are detailed in the following paragraphs, along with instructions on how to determine the ideal watering frequency for ivy in your house or garden.

Is it preferable to root in soil or water?

Even if you already know how to root a plant in water, David Clark, a professional gardener, has some excellent advice that will help you make the procedure more effective.

He offers advice on two simple plant-starting techniques that you might not have known about.

Two practical workshops on plant propagation were recently presented by Clark at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.

He provided a plethora of knowledge, including these five excellent suggestions:

1. Build a miniature greenhouse. How frequently have you purchased comforters or bedding that was packaged in a plastic zipper bag? I frequently do so, and I usually consider, “This bag ought to be useful for something.

According to Clark, these bags make excellent miniature greenhouses for newly transplanted or rooted plants. Simply place the plant inside the bag and partially zip it up. This will assist in retaining moisture. In addition, a small aperture permits airflow to stop the development of mold.

“Because the plant needs to be confined, unless you have a greenhouse, Clark explained, I almost always root with a bag.

The bedding bags, as shown in the picture at the top of the article, can hold either a sizable plant or a number of smaller plants.

2. Use powders for rooting. By soaking a plant cutting in water, you can multiply plants in one of the easiest ways possible. Trim the stem horizontally above a node (see photo above). Soft, fleshy plants like the Wandering Jew, ivy, arrowhead plant, and spider plant respond nicely to this technique.

Using rooting products will boost your chances of success, according to Clark. There are numerous commercial goods available. These products contain a growth hormone to hasten the emergence of roots and destroy bacteria and fungi to stop the stem from decaying.

Dip your stem into the powder after dispensing a tiny bit of it. (Avoid inserting the stem into the product container directly.) Give the stem a minute to settle. The powder will be absorbed by the plant. Put the cutting’s tip in water; the water won’t completely wash the powder away.

He added that you can also utilize common home items to speed up roots. Cinnamon can be used to eliminate fungus and bacteria on plant stems. Make a rooting solution by dissolving one aspirin in water to encourage the formation of roots.

3. Give your new plant enough time to adjust to soil after being in water. According to Clark, if you root your cutting in water, it will grow roots that are best adapted to obtain its nutrients from water as opposed to soil. The plant could become stressed if it is transferred from water to soil right away.

As an alternative, mix a little dirt into the water you’re using to root your cutting. Do this gradually over the course of four or five weeks to allow your plant adjust to its new growing environment.

4. Learn about leaf section division. You may grow new plants from the leaves of succulents like the sansevieria pictured above. It’s not even necessary to utilize the full leaf; only a portion will do!

When you cut the leaf, Clark advised, be sure to mark which portion is the top and which is the bottom. As shown in the leftmost photo below, place the bottom portion of the leaf segment into a tray of moist perlite. (Fun fact: Perlite is a byproduct of volcanoes.)

5. Encourage plant runners as a means of division.

View the image of the Wandering Jew that is located close to the beginning of this article. Burying the stem horizontally is another approach to multiply such a plant. These nodes will produce new plants.

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How are indoor plants trimmed for cuttings?

Cut healthy new growth into lengths between 10 and 20 cm. Use a sharp knife to slice beneath a leaf joint. To make sure a clean stem is submerged in water, remove the lowest leaves.

Step 4

Compost should be used to pot the cuttings once a strong root system has formed. To promote plant branching, keep the compost moist and clip off tips.

African violets, cane-stemmed begonias, coleus, cyperus, impatiens, ivy, rubber plants and verbena, Philodendron scandens, epipremnum, and tradescantia are just a few of the houseplants that can be rooted in water.

When propagating, where do you cut?

Hello! Thank you for coming! I’m going to demonstrate how to root plant cuttings in water for you today. This is a fantastic approach to increase the number of your plants and spread your love of plants to friends. I will admit that it can be challenging to give away a plant that you have nurtured from the very beginning. But seeing improvements is so exciting and satisfying! I recently donated two cuttings of Chain of Hearts to households that are really fantastic. I’m eager to follow their development.

I used to work at a golf course with a 30 foot Monstera deliciosa when I was in my early 20s. 30 feet—you read that right! I developed a liking for flora because of that. If you didn’t already know, it’s actually my all-time favorite plant. Regardless, some of the leaves were 2 feet broad and breathtaking! One day, I noticed a tiny leaf emerge from the ground, and when no one was watching, I removed the dirt from the stem’s bright green color and pulled the leaf out. I kept checking behind me as if I were ready to commit a bank heist or something. Actually, I suppose that it was theft. But that’s not how I saw it. I was sharing the good vibes! But let’s be really clear: IF YOU DO IT AT A STORE, IT IS STEALING, so don’t do that! My supervisor finally heard me out (it was weighing heavily on my conscience), and he laughed, called me silly, and said it was absolutely fine! All of this to say, I brought it home, planted it in water, and it grew, making me very pleased! I was in awe of this incredible replication technique. Let’s discuss how to water-root plant cuttings.

The majority of common house plants can be propagated using water. Currently, I’m focusing on a tiny little stem from my large Fiddle Leaf Fig. There are no roots yet, but there is a small leaf of green!! Try it if you’re not sure.

Let’s get started

  • Choose the spot on the main plant where you will cut your cutting. Finding the root node on your plant is important since not all cuttings that will root in water have them, but the majority of them do.
  • Make a clean, precise cut immediately below the node with a knife or pair of scissors. 1/4 or so below the node.
  • Set the cutting inside a spotless glass. Pour enough room-temperature water over the cutting nodes to cover them.
  • Every 3-5 days, replace the water with brand-new, room-temperature water.
  • Keep an eye on your roots as they expand! Depending on the plant, this could take weeks or even months.
  • When your roots are around 3-5 inches long, it’s time to plant the cutting in soil!

Need a visual? Watch my propagation tips on AM Northwest.

Your rooted plants should be placed in a location with strong indirect light. Additionally, you’ll need patience—serious patience! It’s not necessarily bad news if you are attempting a fresh cutting and two weeks pass without any roots. Someone I know submerged a fiddle leaf fig leaf in water, and three months later, she noticed roots.

Make careful to clean and lightly rub the roots with your fingertips after changing the water. Before putting the roots in the fresh water, you should wipe off any mucky film (that’s the precise phrase).

You only have to do that! It’s really easy. You can now create your own plants and exchange them with pals. It’s one of my favorite activities. Check out my post on How to Repot a Houseplant when you’re ready to pot your rooted plant. Even though you won’t be repotting, there are some useful suggestions for potting in general. Many thanks for stopping by! See you again soon!