Hedera Helix or English Ivy is native to Europe, Western Asia, and Northern Africa. It is an evergreen climbing plant and makes the ground cover green, attractive and gardens more attractive without any damage. They also absorb the particles that pollute the air.
The basic care for Hedera Helix is relatively easy. The plant requires an evenly moist environment.
It needs to watered freely during the growth. Keep it moist in the winter. By spraying the soft water weekly on it will help prevent spider mites from infesting the plants. Drooping and yellow leaves are the sign of Over-watering the plants.
Moist soil is favorable for the plant. Rich organic soils are their favorite type of soil.
Healthy soil maintenance for the plant is relatively easy. The plant should be grown in soil-based or soilless potting mix which will allow ample water drainage and moisture retention.
The preferred method of propagation is the Root Cuttings.
The most suitable temperature for the plant is 50-70°F.
Hot and Cold temperature does not affect the plant. Fluctuating temperatures can stifle the performance.
The plant develops well in the bright filtered to low light type environment.
They love bright, indirect light throughout the entire year. Green leaves from the variegated ivy leaf is a sign of more need of the bright light for the plant.
More light makes the leaves more colorful and filtration of light can help prevent excess heat which can lead to poor performance and drying.
Application of a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly for enhanced plant performance is required.
Once-in-a-year potting it the right potting. Early spring is the right time to do that.
The plant tends to be very long without bearing many leaves in the Winter growth. The stems need to be cut down to strengthen the growth areas.
The most common pests are the Spider Mites. To get rid of it (if found), use a cotton swab soaked in rubbing alcohol and wipe them off.
The plant can relax the airways and reduce coughs. This works especially for the people with allergies, asthma, COPD, and bronchitis.
It can also remove the toxins like Benzene, Formaldehyde, Xylene and Toluene and therefore works as one of the TOP 10 Air Purifying plants.