One of the most durable, strong, resistant and beautiful vines we have the famous ivy.
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A green plant with large, shiny leaves that look great and can even be included in bouquets. Although the most common use, and what it is really for, is to “cover”, entangle… in fact, it looks great and is widely used to cover the imperfections of many fences and you can even see climbing ivy on some facades of houses that make them look majestic.
That if, as in any type of vine and/or plant, it also has its less grateful part… pruning. It is not that it is somewhat complicated (because it is not) but if it is necessary unless you want a wild space, prune it regularly and do it correctly, so that it does not become woody and lose its shape or ivy usually. Because if it is done wrong or it dries out and you leave it, it will be transformed into pieces of firewood that if it is “larger” can be more than fifty centimeters in diameter.
- Ivy can be very different because there are quite a few families between them. Some have small white spots, others yellow, some have very large green leaves, some are smaller, more or less triangular in shape, etc. In short, not all ivy is the same.
- As for its color, green predominates. A very striking color if its leaves are well cared for. And believe us if we tell you that they are easily treatable and do not need big stories to make them look beautiful. That is, if they are not well cared for, they quickly deteriorate and can completely spoil the entire vine. Therefore, it is worth taking care of her a little, because her care of her is not so much either…
- Ivy is a climbing plant, so you must take this into account if you decide to have it in your home. For example, it would be a shame if you want to keep her in a pot because obviously she will need to grow. Whether it’s up, down, climbing making shapes, etc.
- They can be used for both interiors and exteriors, although in the event that it is inside the home, certain aspects must be taken into account. Anus of them and the most important. If you have pets in your home, you should keep in mind that this plant is toxic. Therefore, be very careful where the ivy is placed and make sure it is an area where pets cannot eat its leaves or suck on it. Because to a lesser or greater degree it can be intoxicated and produces the death of your animal. Same with babies. Be careful not to handle this plant or touch it. Because the little ones always tend to suck their fingers and put their hands to their faces or mouths.
- Therefore, always place it indoors with great care and in high areas if possible. In fact, taking into account that they are climbing plants and that they get tangled, it is very easy to make it the way you want, pretend that it begins to climb upwards with the help of a stick or reposition it and make an original oval shape. .
- On the other hand, if you want to plant it in the garden, which is where it is most used and where it will grow best, pay attention to what may come to you over time? The good: quickly, with little care, you will see that the plant begins to grow. But be careful, because the negative part is precisely that we are talking about a plant that is invasive. And be careful, if you cut it back or when its leaves fall, don’t forget them on the ground or in the flower bed. Because in fact, doing that is synonymous with two things: on the one hand, those rodents can stalk and make their shelter. Especially in summer or very hot areas. Thanks to the ivy, they make a drier and more humid house and it will fill you with rodents. On the other hand, little by little, the ivy will take root and as it is invasive, it will begin to stick to the ground or wherever there is land (even stone) and from there,
- In spring, the ivy blooms. Tiny leaves appear in a shade between white and yellow, which look like small balls. Be careful at this time, when it blooms, because it can be filled with wasps.
- The ivy has really been a mix and has become what it is now. You can find many varieties of this plant, as we said. Some examples, that of Algeria, that of the Azores, that of the Canary Islands, that of Ireland, the typical one that is called common ivy, etc. And not all of them are the same. There is a greener one, the common one. The stained one, the one that is yellow, the red one, etc.
- Although it may seem that this climbing plant grows a lot almost every month, it really is not. Moreover, it will also depend on the place where it is planted, its care, if it gets a lot of sun, it is watered enough (but not too much), if it has been around for some time and the ivy is grown and leafy… it always gives the feeling that there is much more, another thing will be that there is little quantity and the real quantity of leaves is more noticeable. Because as a curiosity, the growth of this plant each month is no more than fifty centimeters.
- It is very important to cut and prune every time the ivy grows too much, and above all, to collect well everything that falls from this plant. We repeat that being invasive, if something remains in the ground, it can take root and take root more easily than anything else. In fact, it is a sturdy climber and can get out and grow anywhere. From the ground with earth, on the walls, between stones, on walls, etc. But what a priori may seem advantageous and good, as in the case in which this climbing plant is used to cover imperfections in walls, or place them on fences to make it look better and more beautiful, it can also be an inconvenience.
- The drawback is basically that it invades everything and if it is placed on walls, in the end the roots stick together and can erode or break stones, walls and in the worst case, when the roots are years old, they make a woody trunk well thick and large that can even be more than fifty centimeters by meter. Imagine…
What do you need:
- Potting soil.
- The plant: ivy.
- To pick, to shovel.
- Water to irrigate.
- A stick or something to hold the small piece of ivy and be able to entangle it if you want it to climb.
This invasive and climbing plant (which is now very fashionable again) and which is given countless uses due to its versatility, tends to proliferate almost without problems. If cared for, however little, it grows quickly and is very showy. There you can see the fences with this vine that looks beautiful and gives it a beautiful majestic air. Another thing is the work it takes to maintain it. Between its maintenance with irrigation, pruning…
It is also very good to cover pergolas, tents, small arches in the gardens and to be very cool in very hot times.
You have to do a good start from the beginning. If it is left and when the leaves are cut they are dropped on the new ones, the branches are not removed and it is not cleaned well so that it can be aerated, in the end, the previous dry and rotten leaves will remain inside the new ones and it can throw to lose the new ivy and the woody part, get stronger. If this happens, in the end, the woody part predominates over the branches of leaves and no more new leaves are born and the trunks spoil the climber.