Q: Lately my Swedish ivy seems kind of pitiful looking and I’m wondering what I could do to perk it up some.

A: Swedish Ivy is often used as an indoor hanging plant but it can be placed outside if the conditions are appropriate. Ideal temperatures are 55 to 60 degrees at night and up to 80 degrees during the day. Since most of our summer days are above 80 degrees this plant should be grown in an area that never receives direct light. This would be especially true during the summer. Keep the soil evenly moistened in summer but drier during winter. Do not over-water because this could cause root rot. Fertilize regularly, spring through fall, with a house plant fertilizer used according to label directions. The plant needs pinching to keep it bushy. If the bottom leaves turn yellow and fall off, reduce watering. Propagation is by cuttings, therefore, ideally you might consider taking the plant indoors.

If you want some other ideas for hardier plants you might consider lantana, Algerian or English ivy, vinca, spider plants, creeping fig, cherry tomatoes, squash, cucumber, potato vine or even strawberries. All of these plants will hang and some of them will even produce fruit for you which can be a very nice bonus. Some are evergreen while others will be annual plantings. Many attract butterflies when flowering, making then a wonderful addition to any landscape

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Posted: June 21, 2017


Category: Home Landscapes
Tags: Hanging Basket, House Plant, Swedish Ivy


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