How to Grow Ivy From Cuttings


What is Ivy?

Ivy (Hedera helix) is a climbing plant, native to the eastern and central United States. The plant typically grows up to 30 feet tall, with bright green leaves and white flowers. Ivy can be propagated from cuttings taken from the plants’ trunk or rootstock. Ivy can be propagated by rooting the cutting in water, sand or soil.

How to Grow Ivy From Cuttings

Ivy is a plant that comes from the family of plants called Compositae. Ivy grows best in moist, well-drained soil. To get started with growing ivy, you will need to take cuttings of the desired variety. You will also need a rooting hormone and some sandpaper to help with the process. After taking your cuttings, place them in a plastic baggie filled with water and add the rooting hormone. Let them soak for at least two hours or overnight, depending on the type of rooting hormone you are using. Once they have soaked, remove them from the water and place them in a flat container. Add some sandpaper to the bottom of the container and gently shake it until the ivy roots are exposed. Place the container in a dark area and let it grow.

How to Grow Ivy from Cuttings

If you’re looking to add some ivy to your garden, you can grow it from cuttings. Here’s how:

1. Choose a healthy stem that has at least two leaves attached.
2. Cut the stem about 2 inches below the top of the plant stem. Make sure to remove any leaves from the stem below the cutting.
3. Remove all of the dirt and roots from the cutting.
4. Place the cutting into a pot of water and set it in a sunny spot.
5. Wait until the cutting has roots growing out of it before transplanting it into your garden soil.

How Long Does it Take to Grow?

It can take anywhere from two to four weeks for ivy cuttings to root. Make sure that you keep the water and soil evenly moistened while rooting them, and give them plenty of sunlight. Once they root, water them regularly and fertilize as needed.

Ways to Grow Ivy Faster

If you’re looking to grow ivy quickly, one of the simplest and most effective methods is to take cuttings. Here are four easy tips to help you get started:

1. Look for healthy stem tips. Remove the top two inches of stem, just below the first leaf node. Strip any brown or dead tissue away from the stem, then rough chop the stem into 1-inch pieces.

2. Prepare a rooting mix according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Spread a layer of the mix over the bottom of a pot or tray large enough to hold the cutting horizontally, then add the chopped stem pieces. Make sure there’s plenty of water covering the mixture and add more as necessary.

3. Plant the cutting in the rooting mix, making sure it’s firmly rooted and covered with soil. Water well and keep the plant moist until new foliage emerges in 6-8 weeks.

4. Transplant your ivy into a larger container when new growth begins; keep it well watered and fertilized during this stage. Once it reaches maturity (6-8 months), prune back any remaining stems to within an inch of the ground, removing any spent roots along with them.


The easiest way to grow ivy from cuttings is by taking stem tip cuttings in late winter or early spring. Make a hole just below a node, insert the cutting and fill with water. Keep the cutting submerged until roots form, which should take about two weeks.

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