Propagating from Cuttings

Q: How does one root ivy for planting in indoor containers?

A: It is easy to make cuttings from ivy. I would suggest making stem cuttings of young new green growth as they root much faster than order woody stems. Make the cuttings 3-6" long and to include 3 to 4 "nodes" (area on stem where the leaves are attached). Remove the leaves from the bottom two nodes. These cuttings should be stuck into a pot or tray of clean (new) soilless potting mix. Some people do use rooting hormones available in your local nursery. They help to prevent disease while rooting but not necessary if the cuttings are from young stems.

Make sure the soil is moist before sticking and water the cuttings in once they are stuck. You can cover the pot or tray with a clear plastic bag to create a greenhouse effect and keep the humidity high until the cuttings have rooted. The cuttings should be place in a warm shady location. Depending on the age of the stems and how warm you keep the cuttings, the
ivies should root in 3-6 weeks.

Once the cuttings are stuck and covered with plastic, make sure the moisture does not build up too much inside. ( I some times use the clear plastic deli containers as small propagation greenhouse and they work great) If there is condensation on the bag and you can not see the ivies, open it up a little to allow air in and circulate. You want the humidity high but not to 100% or the cuttings may start to rot. After about two weeks, tug gently on the little cuttings and if they feel as though they have started to root -- open the bag and leave it open. After about 3 weeks and the cuttings have rooted for sure -- remove the bag and water the soil when the surface begins to dry. Never allow the cuttings to sit in water.

Generally, after about 4-6 weeks you can remove the cuttings and plantthem into individual pots.