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English ivy thrives best in cool, shady locations with rich, organic soil. As ground cover, English ivy can grow six to nine inches in height and up to 90 feet in length. When used as a climber, English ivy can grow up to 50 feet tall, thanks to their aerial rootlets.
Alternatively, some homeowners choose to plant English ivy in a hanging basic and let the vines drape down the sides. This option allows a homeowner to enjoy the beauty of the leafy plant without having to worry about suffering from an invasive plant.
When used in the home, English ivy makes a great natural air purifier. Keep English ivy healthy by spraying the leaves with water once a week. Not only does this added moisture help keep the leaves dust-free, but it also discourages spider mites.
Avoid planting English ivy inside or outside your home if you have dogs, as it is poisonous to them if ingested.
Ivy topiaries make beautiful additions to the home and are also a great gift idea. Instead of purchasing one, consider fashioning one yourself with just a few simple steps and a few simple elements.
Create a topiary by starting with a pot-bound ivy plant, then train the vines around a hollow shaped object, such as a small tomato cage, or an embroidery hoop attached to a wooden dowel.
Gently wind the vines of the ivy around the object to show off the basic shape. Readjust pieces as necessary over the next few days and weeks. Snip off stray or unruly pieces with sterilized scissors.
See video below for basic instructions and ideas of shapes you can make yourself.