English Ivy


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Picture of English Ivy English Ivy
Common Name: English Ivy
Botanical Name: Hedera helix (HED-er-a HEE-lix)
Decorative Life: Months to years.
Post Harvest Care:
  • Is sensitive to atmospheric chlorine pollution with resulting ethylene production and foliage problems. On the other hand, common chlorine levels found in most irrigation water are not harmful. Only when levels are greater than about 35 ppm can growth be affected. However, high soluble salts from any source can cause leaf injury both prior to and after harvest. Therefore, keep growing media well leached and do not allow it to dry out excessively.
  • Can be generally shipped with few problems. Suggested that growing media be almost dry before irrigation, assuming salt (fertilizer) levels are not high.
Harvest Instructions: Make sure plants are not shipped with red spider mites, as controlling them at the consumer level can be difficult at best.
Family Roots:
  • Member of the Araliaceae (aralia or ginseng family).
  • Native to Europe, Western Asia and North Africa.
  • Common relatives include aralia, false aralia, ginseng and Fatsia.
Personality:
  • 3-5 lobed leaves occur along vining, flexible stems.
  • Plant is an evergreen vine, classed as a dicotyledon, leaves not parallel veined.
  • Because there are so many cultivars and forms, the American Ivy Society (www.ivy.org) has actually established a classification system. For example and as explained by this society, in addition to the English ivy there are a number of other species of true ivy. The best known are: Hedera colchica, which has a form, 'Dentata', that is widely used as a groundcover in hardiness zone 5 and southward. Hedera canariensis, the Algerian or Canary ivy, sometimes known as Hedera algeriensis, it also comes in a variegated form called 'Gloire de Marengo'. Hedera rhombea, the Japanese ivy, is native to Japan. Hedera nepalensis, the Nepal ivy, is found in the Himalayas, Afghanistan and western China. Hedera pastuchovii, (Russian Ivy), is an Asiatic species native to the Caucasus Mts. near the Black Sea.
Availability: Year-round.
Flower Color: Not applicable.
Storage Specifics: Best temperature is 33-35F but even does well if transported/stored for 21 days or less at 60F. Cuttings of many types can be stored for weeks at 31F.
Tidbits:
  • Hedera: classical name of ivy. In ancient Greece, the plant was called "cissos" after the nymph who danced herself to death for Dionysus, the god of wine. Moved by her performance, he turned her body into the ivy, which joyfully entwines and embraces everything near it.
  • Even today, ivy is placed over doors of taverns and wine shops in dedication to Dionysus.
  • Many cultivars are available with different leaf forms and variegation. Leaf forms include heart-shaped, wavy, crested, curled, cupped and ruffled. Two examples are 'Silver Lace' and 'Gold Child', both noted for their variegated foliage.
  • Leaf colors range from the usual dark green to white, cream, yellow or pink or in various combinations. Will generally grow well in light levels bright enough to read a newspaper in comfort. However, some variegated cultivars may revert back to all green leaf forms after being held under less than desirable interior environments.
  • Common landscape ground cover.
Picture of English Ivy English Ivy
Common Name: English Ivy
Botanical Name: Hedera helix (HED-er-a HEE-lix)
Decorative Life: 5-10 days.
Post Harvest Care:
  • Remove bottom leaves if present, recut stems under water and place into water plus regular household bleach at 20 drops (1/4 teaspoon) per quart. Flower foods are not beneficial and are therefore not recommended since this ivy can last for months in plain water. In fact, if left long enough it often roots!
  • Leaves dry out easily. Learn cultivar differences as they respond very differently under indoor and outdoor environments. For example, some cultivars are very susceptible to red spiders while others not.
Harvest Instructions: Can be damaged by atmospheric chlorine levels by stimulating ethylene production and the resulting foliar damage. Depending on cultivar can be very sensitive to red spider mites.
Family Roots:
  • Is a member of the Araliaceae (aralia or ginseng) family.
  • Native to Europe, Western Asia and North Africa.
  • Common relatives include Ginseng, Schefflera, false aralia and Fatsia.
Personality:
  • Has 3-5 lobed leaves along vining, flexible stems.
  • Stems are cut to various lengths.
  • Plant is an evergreen woody vine, dicotyledon, leaves not parallel veined.
Availability: Year-round.
Flower Color: Not applicable.
Storage Specifics: 36-41 F in plastic bags, some references say 39-55 F while other say 31F. Can be stored for at least 40 days with no problems.
Tidbits:
  • In ancient Greece, the plant was called "cissos" after the nymph who danced herself to death for Dionysus, the god of wine. Moved by her performance, he turned her body into the ivy, which joyfully entwines and embraces everything near it.
  • Even today, ivy is hung over the doors of taverns and wine shops in dedication to Dionysus.
  • Easily propagated by cuttings. As with most plants, variegated cultivars do not perform as well under interior environments compared to ones with all green colored leaves.
  • Many cultivars are available with different leaf forms and variegation. Leaf forms include heart-shaped, wavy, crested, curled, cupped and ruffled.
  • Leaf colors range from the usual dark green to white, cream, yellow or pink alone or in combinations. There are literally hundreds of cultivars available.