Propagating Ivy Plants

It is early fall and here in the Piney Woods of East Texas we just got our first blast of cold air. We were down to the mid-50s! It is time to bring my indoor plants from the patio and back into the house. A few weeks ago I propagated some indoor ivy plants in anticipation of having more house plants.

House plants are beneficial for the indoor air quality. They naturally convert carbon dioxide into pure oxygen. NASA scientists have noted that house plants also act as a filter to absorb and remove every day pollutants.

Propagating ivy by stem cuttings is a simple process. First, I cut off the ends of the ivy at an angle with a sharp pair of pruning scissors.

Next, I remove the lower stems by gently pulling on them. Finally, I insert the ivy stem cuttings in a glass jar filled with water.

Afterwards, I wait until the stem cuttings have grown enough roots to be transplanted. This process will take a few weeks for the roots to grow. When I have sufficient root growth, I place the cutting into a recycled plastic plant container that has drainage holes at the bottom and cover the roots with soil. I then place the recycled container into a prettier pot. I like using a pot that does not have drainage holes so that when I water, the excess run off water can help to keep the ivy moist between waterings.



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