Hedera (English Ivy) Care Guide

Welcome to our Hedera care guide! In this guide, we will provide you with expert advice and tips on how to care for your Hedera plants. Hedera, commonly known as Ivy, is a versatile and popular plant that can be grown both indoors and outdoors, in warmer climates. With its lush green foliage and trailing vines, Hedera adds a touch of elegance to any space. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced gardener, this guide will help you keep your Hedera plants healthy and thriving.

Light Requirements

Hedera plants thrive in bright, indirect light. Place your Ivy plant near a window where it can receive filtered sunlight throughout the day. Avoid placing it in direct sunlight as it can scorch the leaves. If you are growing Hedera indoors, make sure to rotate the plant every few weeks to ensure even growth.


Proper watering is crucial for the health of your Hedera plants. Water your Ivy thoroughly, allowing the soil to dry slightly between waterings. Overwatering can lead to root rot, so it's important to avoid waterlogged soil. During the winter months, reduce watering frequency as the plant's growth slows down.

Temperature and Humidity

Hedera plants prefer moderate temperatures between 60-75°F (15-24°C). Avoid exposing your Ivy to extreme temperature fluctuations or drafts. Maintain a humidity level of around 40-50% to keep your Hedera happy. You can increase humidity by placing a tray of water near the plant or using a humidifier.

Soil and Fertilizer

Use well-draining soil for your Hedera plants. A mixture of potting soil, perlite, and peat moss works well. Fertilize your Ivy once a month during the growing season with a balanced liquid fertilizer. Be careful not to over-fertilize as it can lead to excessive foliage growth and weak stems.

Pruning and Maintenance

Regular pruning is essential to keep your Hedera plants looking their best. Trim back any leggy or overgrown vines to encourage bushier growth. Remove any yellow or dead leaves to maintain the plant's overall health. You can also train your Ivy to climb a trellis or support for added visual interest.

Pests and Diseases

Hedera plants are generally resistant to pests and diseases. However, they can occasionally be affected by spider mites, aphids, or mealybugs. Inspect your Ivy regularly for any signs of infestation and treat them promptly with insecticidal soap or one of our at home recipes.  You can find more detailed pest information on our Pest ID and Treatment pages.

By following these care guidelines, you can enjoy the beauty of your Hedera plants for years to come. If you have any further questions or need assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. Happy gardening!