When And Where To Plant Climbing Ivy
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Climbing ivy is a beautiful plant that adds a lasting charm to a garden. It will grow happily in dark where few other plants grow providing subtly attractive foliage throughout the year. From forest green to a brilliant gold or cream, the various species of ivy can add a brilliant color to a dull wall or fence. However, ivy requires careful placement and maintenance so it can grow quickly and flourish for years to come.

Precautions

Climbing ivy easily scales any vertical surface and can provide complete coverage in a year or two. Brick walls and fences are acceptable locations for ivy. However, make sure that the mortar is intact because old walls with crumbling mortar are vulnerable to further damage from ivy’s roots.

Also, ivy should not be planted to trees unless to intend to prune it properly. This is because it can completely cover the tree, depriving it of the much needed sunlight. Even worse, the trees can topple over in high winds due to ivy’s excess weight.

Soil And Fertilizers

Ivy is not finicky about the soil type but it prefers to grow in well-drained soil. It is best to grow it in full to partial shade. Though it is accustomed to heat and sunlight, it is prone to damage and can even succumb in excessive cold areas.

The right time to plant climbing ivy is after the last frost in spring. Prepare the ground by working the soil and fertilizing it with 10-10 fertilizer before planting the ivy. Water the ground and ivy’s roots before placing it in the soil. Place it as close to the base of the structure on which it is to climb as possible.

Wait for a few months and then fertilize it again with the same 10-10 mix on a bi-monthly basis, throughout the growing season. Once it is established, prune the ivy regularly keeping it in the desired area.

Pest Control

Ivy is susceptible to various pests and diseases. Therefore, inspect the plant carefully on a weekly basis. If you find any signs of pests, use commercial insecticides or try some homemade remedy. Many gardeners find spraying plants with soapy water and regular application of rose dust quite useful.