Have you ever noticed a home that has ivy growing up alongside it? If you have, then chances are you have noticed just how beautiful it can truly be. If you don't properly take care of this landscaping option though, then you run the risk of causing a little bit of damage to your home. English ivy is a fantastically robust, and strong willed plant that is fairly easy to control. All you need to do is follow these simple guidelines to get the most out of your beautiful English ivy.
- Light. Typically speaking, English ivy does its best in filtered light. This means that you should only plant it on the sides of the building where it will be receiving the most indirect sunlight possible. While it is impossible to totally shield the plant from the sun, keep in mind that it should be planted in areas that will be in shadows most of the day.
- Temperatures. For the most part, English ivy needs to be protected from sudden changes in the temperature. This means that you should refrain from planting your ivy near any air conditioners, heaters, or even fireplaces. If at all possible, be sure that you water your ivy periodically, and regularly, particularly in dry times. This will help keep the plant nice and strong.
- Pests. Keep an eye out for pests and other bugs that can cause problems for your English ivy. One of the most prevalent types of pest to cause problems is the red spider mite. This particular pest isn't exactly easy to see, so you will need to keep your eyes out for the signs of their presence. The most common sign of a spider mite infestation is if you notice some small white webs. If you do, then you need to cut off the afflicted leaves, and treat the plant with some pesticide.
- Be careful of where you plant it. English ivy is a particularly strong grower, and loves to climb up things. This is in large part due to the little "probes" that it sends into things to help hold it in place. While these probes are small in size they can, over time, break down mortar and stone and break it down. This means that you should encourage your ivy to grow along trellises rather than the bare stone and brick of your home. If necessary, trim back the ivy during the spring time to help keep it in check.