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Growing ivy

Growing Ivy

Engelman Ivy


A vigorous, hardy, self-climbing woody vine with attractive, palmate leaves. An excellent choice for climbing stone, brick, and cement. Also good on slopes for erosion control. A North American native species hardy in zones 3 to 9. Leaves turn burgundy red in fall. Produces dark blue to black berries that are fed on by wild birds. Classified as Parthenocissus quinquefolia and also known as Vining Creeper and Virginia Creeper. Plant bare root Ivy Vine in spring 4 to 8 weeks before the last frost in a hole 12 to 18 inches wide and deep enriched with compost. Plant with the crown 1 to 2 inches below the soil level.


A drought-tolerant vine for full sun to part shade. Tolerates heavy shade. Benefits from annual pruning to control height and keep plants vigorous. Older or crowded stems can be cut back in winter, and overgrown vines can be cut back at any time. Ivy Vine can be grown near Walnut trees without problems.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use full rates of Gromax Fertilizer Tablets 20-10-5 (51165), Algoflash All-Purpose Liquid Fertilizer 6-6-6 (51085), or Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221).

Alternative Products

Other hardy perennial ornamental vines are Bittersweet, Honeysuckle Vine, and Hops.

Complimentary Products

A moderate feeder that benefits from regular fertilization. Flowering annual vines include Moonflower (07002) and Morning Glories.

Ivy Facts

Usually free of significant pest or disease problems. Beetles, leaf hoppers, scale, mildew, leaf spots, canker, and wilt occasionally affect plants. Climbs with adhering tendrils that can stain paint and structures. Ivy Vine was used as a medicinal herb by some Native American tribes.

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