Poet’s Ivy or English Ivy is a vine plant from Southeast Europe and Southeast Asia. It is know for its green leaves that are outlined with a greenish white and can be found in many landscapes do to it hardiness. Poet’s Ivy is poisonous when ingested and grows small flowers that turn into berries that look similar to blueberries. These berries are also poisonous. Below is the growing and care information for Poet’s Ivy’s
Sun – Poet’s Ivy isn’t picky and can grow in full sun or full shade. However it’s natural habitat is on forest floors in full shade. For the reason the plant would do better in full to partial shade especially in hot climates.
Soil – This plant is very adaptable so soil also doesn’t matter to it much. It’s natural soil is moist well draining soil as shaded around do tend to stay moist all year round.
Spacing – Plant each plant 18 inches to 1foot apart depending on how fast you want them to grow. The father apart the faster they grow. They can grow up to 50 feet in length but they don’t need that much space. You can grow them outdoors on the soil or in small or large pots and they will do just find.
Water – Poet’s Ivy likes moist soil and does not like to dry out. It also doesn’t like being overly wet. Water the top layer of soil every week or when it starts to dry out.
Food – It doesn’t matter if you grow your Poet’s Ivy indoors or outdoors they will both need to be fertilized once a month starting on the spring and ending in the fall. They do not need to be fertilized on the winter unless you live in a climate that stays warm in the winter.
Annual or Perennial – Poet’s Ivy is an evergreen perennial that keeps growing all year round even in the snow.
Climate/Hardiness – Poet’s Ivy is extremely cool hardy and can tolerate temperatures well below freezing, even temperatures well into the negatives.
Harvest – You can harvest and propagate this plant as soon as it hits full maturity.
Transplant – It tolerates transplanting very well and will start to form new roots very quickly.
Tips – Poet’s Ivy is considered invasive in many regions. If you are planting it outside check to make it is legal and safe to do so in your area.