Ivy plants are not only meant for climbing the walls outdoors but they can also be great houseplants as well. Ivy can grow into lush and beautiful on the indoors just as it does outside.
All you need is a tiny bit of patience and proper ivy plant care. Ivy houseplants can be one of several different types of ivy, here are the most popular choices:
English Ivy (Hedera helix)
English ivy, also known as Hedera Helix, is an easy growing plant that adds a touch of green indoors. It’s also a great plant for filtering and purifying the air in your home.
All you need is a container that is big enough to house the roots of the English ivy and a nice spot where it can get indirect sunlight. These ivy plants thrive in moist soil.
Irish Ivy (Hedera hibernica)
Hedera hibernica or Irish ivy is a climbing type of ivy that clings to the surface using aerial rootlets. It has broad, 5-lobed dark green leaves that are about 12cm in width. It also bears small greenish flowers in umbels that blossom into blackberries. Both the plant and fruit are slightly poisonous so do not eat any part of it.
Japanese Ivy (Hedera rhombea)
Hedera rhombea or the Japanese ivy has medium-sized and diamond-shaped leaves that are a glossy dark green shade. It produces different kinds of flowers that can be yellow to green in color (or a mixture of both).
Algerian ivy (Hedera algeriensis)
Hedera algeriensis or the Algerian ivy grows up to 30 feet. These ivy plants prefer full or partial shade and do best in moist and well-drained soil. Like the English ivy, you may need to keep an eye on its growth.
Persian Ivy (Hedera colchica)
The Persian ivy plant has five-lobed leaves while in the early stages of growth. These leaves then become unlobed and heart-shaped as the plant matures. The leaves of Hedera colchica are the largest of all the ivy plants.
Nepal Ivy (Hedera nepalensis)
The Nepal ivy or hedera nepalensis is known to attract animals. It grows well in full shade, semi-shade or no shade. The plant thrives in moist or wet soil and can endure short periods of drought.
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The most important element of indoor ivy plant care is light. Most ivies do well in lots of light. There are a few variegated cultivars that prefer medium light, however, be aware that their variegation becomes less noticeable in less light. Also, without enough light, inside ivy plants become leggy and feeble looking.