Swedish Ivy Care: How To Grow A Swedish Ivy House Plant
The following are some facts about Swedish ivy plants.
1) Swedish ivy is a common name given to several species of evergreen trees native to Europe, North Africa and Asia Minor (Turkey).
They grow up to 30 feet tall with branches reaching 15 feet long. They have thin, wiry stems and leaves which are dark green or purplish brown in color.
2) There are over 1,000 different varieties of these trees and shrubs.
Some are deciduous while others bloom all year round. Most varieties produce small white flowers in clusters from spring through fall.
3) Their bark is tough but they do not require much water so they don’t need to be watered frequently.
However, their roots need regular watering since they absorb moisture from the soil during dry periods.
4) They are drought tolerant and tolerate temperatures down to 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
If left outside, they will survive freezing temperatures. They prefer full sun.
5) Because of their thick bark, they are very resistant to insect attacks and mildew.
However, if you live in a climate where frost occurs regularly, then it might be best to keep them indoors during those times when the temperature drops below 40 degrees Farenheit (Fahrenheit).
6) They need sunlight to grow properly and develop good stem strength.
Otherwise, they might become spindly and weak and their growth will be stunted. If they do not receive enough sunlight, then they will turn brown.
7) Swedish ivy plants are hardy, pest resistant and generally disease free.
They are also very easy to maintain since they don’t need much attention.
8) During the summer, they should be watered once a week.
In winter, water them less frequently since their roots cannot absorb as much moisture from the soil. Over-watering is just as harmful for them as under-watering so it is important not to give them too much water.
9) They do not require any fertilizer or other plant food during the year.
It is better to use a low nitrogen fertilizer.
Swedish ivy care is easy to understand if you follow the instructions above.
1) Swedish ivy plants are very common as they are found naturally in many parts of the world.
In fact, it is known to have existed for at least two million years.
2) They are used as ornamental garden plants because of their evergreen foliage and ability to grow well in most locations.
They are sometimes used as ground covers since they cover large areas quickly.
3) They are suitable for planting in large areas where grass won’t grow such as paved walkways and driveways since they don’t require as much attention and care as other plants.
4) In medieval times, this plant was a symbol of fidelity since it clung firmly to rocks.
It was also believed to have magical powers such as the ability to ward off spirits and witches.
5) Swedish ivy plants belong to the Araliaceae family of plants and are related to other species such as Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum), Pothos (Epipremnum scandens), and bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus).
6) Most varieties of this plant prefer U.
S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zones 9-12.
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Development of a Plant Care Guide for the Veterans Hospital Horticultural Therapy Program by J Schneider – 2016 – digitalcommons.esf.edu
Caring for houseplants (2010) by DH Trinklein – 2010 – mospace.umsystem.edu
Interior Plants: Selection and Care by GM Spahl – 1997 – Indoor Gardening for Brown Thumbs
Assessing the condition of a plant by E Davison – 1998 – repository.arizona.edu