Ivy Plant Propagation: Best Way To Root An Ivy Cutting

The best way to root an ivy cutting is to place it into a pot with some peat moss or perlite (both are available at most garden centers). If the plant doesn’t have enough room in its container, then you will need to use some plastic wrap.

Place the container in a sunny location and leave it there until spring when you move it to your indoor area. You may want to keep the plant in a dark spot during winter months so that it does not freeze. Once the plant starts growing roots, you can start removing leaves from around the base of the stem. Keep doing this until all of the leaves have been removed and only bare stems remain. Then you can trim off any dead or diseased branches and remove them too. Finally, you can dig up the plant and replant it somewhere else.

How To Remove Leaves From English Ivy Cuttings?

If you decide to remove the leaves from your ivy cutting, make sure that they don’t get caught in the machinery of your hoe or combine. Also, if possible, try to do this before the plants begin blooming because after they bloom their leaves will become very heavy and difficult to handle.

If you want to be able to keep your ivy growing on its own, you will need to be very careful with how far you trim. The root system of the plant is designed to provide nutrients to the leaves and if you trim off too many of the leaves, the plant will not survive because it will not be able to gather enough energy.

If you are only going to trim off a few leaves, then you do not need to remove them from the cutting. Just place the cutting in some water, rooting hormone and a pot with some potting soil and it should start growing roots within a few weeks.

Where Can You Move English Ivy?

If you want to move your ivy plant to a new location, then you need to wait until all of the leaves have fallen from the stem. At this point you can carefully dig up the entire plant and replant it somewhere else. If you want to keep the plant in the same pot, then you will need to dig out a large enough area for the roots and replant it. Be sure that the top of the root system is between one and two inches below the top of the container or else it may die due to unnatural stress on the plant.

If you want to keep it in the same container, then you do not need to replant it. Just remove the ivy from the pot and gently break apart the roots to separate them.

Then trim off any dead roots, twigs or leaves that are caught in the pot.

Sources & references used in this article:

Abscisic-acid-stimulated rooting of stem cuttings by TY Chin, MM Meyer, L Beevers – Planta, 1969 – Springer

Polyamines and adventitious root formation in the juvenile and mature phase of English ivy by RL GENEVE, ST KESTER – Journal of experimental botany, 1991 – academic.oup.com

Root formation in cuttings of English ivy treated with paclobutrazol or uniconazole. by RL Geneve – HortScience, 1990 – cabdirect.org

Patterns of adventitious root formation in English Ivy by RL Geneve – Journal of Plant Growth Regulation, 1991 – Springer

Phase Change in Hedera helix L. III. THE EFFECTS OF GIBBERELLINS, ABSCISIC ACID AND GROWTH RETARDANTS ON JUVENILE AND ADULT IVY by VM FRYDMAN, PF Wareing – Journal of experimental botany, 1974 – academic.oup.com

Growth promotion of ivy (Hedera helix L.) by paclobutrazol by BA Horrell, PE Jameson, P Bannister – Plant growth regulation, 1989 – Springer

Factors affecting rooting and auxin absorption in stem cuttings of protea by L Gouws, G Jacobs, DK Strydom – Journal of Horticultural Science, 1990 – Taylor & Francis



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