How to Grow Ivy

Growing the prolific ivy plant will convince you that you have a green thumb while adding fresh beauty around your house, indoors and outdoors.

You will need

  • Ivy plants
  • Gravel
  • Garden or potting soil
  • Cool
  • sunny location
  • Trellis
  • fence or brick wall
  • Adequate drainage
  • Water

Step 1 Select ivy plants Select ivy plants, choosing small-leaf varieties to grow ivy indoors and the English or Boston ivy for groundcovers or to grow outdoors on a brick wall or trellis.

Step 2 Fill container Fill a container with a little gravel, then add a rich potting soil to grow ivy indoors, placing your plant in a cool, sunny place and watering it regularly.

Step 3 Pick an outdoor location Pick an outdoor location to grow ivy where your plant will receive at least four hours of sun daily, and where it will have a trellis, fence or brick wall to climb.

Step 4 Prepare soil Prepare the soil, making sure it is rich and that it will provide your ivy adequate drainage.

Step 5 Plant Plant your ivy in the ground, covering the root ball with soil, and then pack down the soil around the plant.

Step 6 Keep soil moist Keep the soil around your ivy moist for the first few weeks. Then wait and watch your plants take over, providing a green cover for walls, the ground or even ugly old pipes.