Hedera - ivy - is a genus of 12–15 species of evergreen climbing or ground-creeping woody plants native to western, central and southern Europe, but introduced almost everywhere else with compatible climates.
On level ground they remain creeping, not exceeding 5–20 cm height, but on trees, natural rock outcrops or walls, they can climb to at least 30 m above the ground. Ivies have two leaf types : palmately lobed juvenile leaves on creeping and climbing stems and unlobed cordate adult leaves on fertile flowering stems when exposed to full sun, usually high from 2 m or more above ground. The flowers are greenish-yellow with five small petals in umbels, blooming from autumn to early winter and are very rich in nectar.
Ivy is a climber reaching up to 10 meters in all ways, which can form a bush as it ages, without a support. Young, ivy bears lobed leaves, which become large and oval. Its fruits are spherical, black, and its green flowers have five lobes. It supports potted culture, but will not expand as much!
Plant my ivy
Plant your potted ivy in a mix of potting soil and loam. In open soil, plant it in a fertile soil, rich in humus, alkaline, fresh and well drained.
Variegated varieties do not appreciate full sun. In any case, check the development of the cultivar you plant, because common ivy, for example, can reach 10 m in every directions ... which is not suitable for every wall.
Mulch my ivy
Ivy is a solid plant that fears competition, but you can mulch it in the first year.
Water my ivy
Watering is only necessary for potted plants, and the first year in the ground. Inside, let the soil dry between each watering.
Prune my ivy
If your ivy becomes too invasive, you can prune outgoing branches, preferably in March.