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Climbing ivy

Climbing ivy at LUBERA

Climbing ivy (Hedera helix) is especially appreciated as a decorative, evergreen covering for buildings and fences. 

   
 
Hedera helix 'Glacier' - Ivy

Very productive ivy with green-grey leaves and a white border and grey, central...

£4.90 *

Hedera helix 'Gold Child' - Ivy

Ivy with self-climbing, compact growth and grey-green leaves with yellow variegation on...

£4.90 *

Hedera helix 'Green Ripple' - Ivy

A medium strong growing ivy with dark green, five-lobed leaves

£4.90 *

Hedera helix 'Shamrock' - Ivy

A weak growing ivy with many cloverleaf-shaped leaves (short internodes)

£4.90 *

Hedera hibernica - Ivy

Strong growing ivy, forms high cushions, has light green, matt leaves with lighter veins

Instead of: £12.90 * From £12.40 *

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Ivy, Gold Heart English Ivy

Hedera helix 'Goldheart'

£11.90 *

Ivy, Irish Ivy 'Hibernica' (80 cm)

Hedera helix 'Hibernica' has large leaves

£7.90 *

   
 

More information about climbing ivy

 

Ivy is a very versatile climbing plant which can be used to form all kinds of figures, wall patterns and trellises. Ivy has good roots, grows quickly and is rarely attacked by pests or diseases. With climbing ivy, you can drape the tendrils around doors and windows or create an original ground cover decoration. Climbing ivy keeps its leaves in the winter and looks attractive all year round. Furthermore, ivy is a so-called self-climber, i.e. thanks to its own adhesive organs it is able to climb without the help of climbing frames.

 

Climbing ivy varieties in the Lubera Garden Shop

 

Ivy comes in numerous varieties, with curly, pointed, cloverleaf-shaped leaves like 'Shamrock', heart-shaped, white-edges like 'Glacier', yellow, five-lobed leaves like 'Green Ripple' or bicoloured leaves like Hedera helix ‘Gold Child’. The American Ivory Society distinguishes over 400 different types of ivy. All ivy varieties are plants with densely packed leaves that ensure beautiful and regular, closed growth.

Among the most popular climbing ivy varieties are the large-leaved Irish ivy 'Hibernica' and the colourful Hedera helix 'Glacier'. They grow strongly, adhere well and are very winterproof. All the plants offered in the Lubera garden shop are robust varieties, so they are not affected by polluted air. Ivy is perfect for planting in cities and close to busy roads.

 

Cutting and care tips for climbing ivy plants

 

It is possible to cut ivy at any time. Climbing ivy (from a certain age) is one of the very fast-growing plants, which is why pruning is usually necessary several times a year.

Very easy to care for climbing plants, such as ivy, require hardly any care, i.e. fertilising and watering are usually not necessary. Once the climbing ivy is firmly rooted, it is resistant to drought. If you keep the ivy in a container, it is, of course, dependent on the addition of water and nutrients.

 

Ivy as a potted plant and as a shaped plant

 

Ivy is a versatile container plant that can be used to form a wide variety of figures on a hollow framework. Climbing ivy can get very old and forms a dense root system over time. This means that the pot should be sufficiently deep and not too small. An unglazed clay pot is recommended as a planter. The colour is neutral and harmonises beautifully with the ivy plants. Plastic plant pots have the advantage that they retain moisture better and therefore do not need to be watered as often. Each pot should have several drainage holes in the bottom to allow excess water to drain away.

 

Ivy as ground cover

 

In parks, at a cemetery or on overgrown plots, ivy is not uncommon as ground cover. This root climber can often be found crawling on the ground in the forest. If you plant ivy as ground cover, we recommend that you place the plants in the ground at intervals of 25 centimetres. The best planting time for ivy is the time before budding, in the spring or in autumn.

 

Location for climbing ivy plants

 

As far as its location is concerned, a climbing ivy is undemanding. The plants grow just as well in windy as in shady or dark locations. Ivy grows without problems even in completely shady to almost dark locations. However, if you opt for colourful varieties such as Hedera helix 'Gold Child' or Hedera helix 'Glacier', we recommend choosing a location where the climbing ivy plant will receive at least a few hours of sunlight so that the differences in colour can develop more effectively.

 

Ivy - a favourite plant of the English

 

Ivy is particularly popular in England and is often seen as a decoration on porcelain or as a pattern on fabrics and wallpaper. In England's rainy climate, ivy's dense and luxuriant foliage keeps rain and moisture away from walls. In Victorian England, brooches were often worn with a fallen tree surrounded by ivy, on which the inscription read: "Nothing can separate me from it". Even today, Advent wreaths are often woven with ivy in England and Christmas decorations are also decorated with ivy.

 

Ivy blossoms and ivy fruits - the adult form of ivy

 

After about 10 years, sometimes much later, the ivy begins to flower and also to bear fruit. The green-yellow, quite attractive ivy flowers appear in autumn, more precisely in September, and serve all insects as a valuable source of food at this rather low-food season. Ivy blossoms not only attract the well-known insects, bumblebees and bees with their nectar, but also exude a sweet scent that is not always pleasant for human noses, but which seems to be very attractive to various types of flies and almost everything else that creeps and flies. The pea-sized black berries, which are very popular with various birds, especially blackbirds, develop over the winter and into early spring.

As the plant enters adulthood the entire habitus and growth of the ivy also change: Hedera helix turns into Hedera helix arborsescens, which simply does not climb any further and also changes its leaf shape from serrated leaves to only slightly lobed leaves that sometimes look almost like pear tree leaves. Of course, even in adult life, the existing Helix climbing plant will remain, but it will not climb any further. If the adult and flowering parts of the ivy are propagated vegetatively via grafting or cuttings, young tree-like ivy plants can also be obtained: Hedera helix arborescens.

 

Only sunny ivy plant parts start to flower

 

The fact that the age form develops with Hedera also depends on sunlight. Hedera, which grows in the shade, hardly reaches the age form and even if it is cut back every year, no age form develops. The transformation to an aged form with a straight leaf edge and flower formation does not occur on the whole plant, but only where the shoots have been in sunlight long enough. Parts of the plant in the shade continue to grow climbing and with serrated leaves.

As a rule, the age form is no longer reversible. Hedera helix Arborescens (the native tree ivy), which is propagated by cuttings, will not suddenly start to climb and form smaller leaves even in the shade.

 

Things to know about ivy

 

In ancient Egypt, the god of the underworld Osiris wore a staff entwined with ivy. In Greece, ivy was associated with joyful celebrations and festivals and thus became a symbol of pleasure and merriment. The god of wine Dionysus was adorned with a wreath of ivy. Christians consider ivy to be the symbol of eternal life. Even today ivy is increasingly used for grave planting. In 2009, the common ivy, the only root climber native to Central Europe, was named medicinal plant of the year. Medicine made from ivy leaves is used for bronchial diseases, spasmolytic properties, cramp and irritable cough.

 

Ivy - wonderful gift ideas and wonderful stories

 

It's your friend's birthday and you don't know what else you could give him or her this year? How about an ivy plant? Because if you give an ivy plant, you are reinforcing the connection and "evergreen" friendship with another person. This beautiful symbolism of the ivy as a sign of friendship and fidelity is based on its botanical properties, to hold on to something with its aerial roots, to become inseparable with an object, and this almost for eternity.  

Even lovers can, for a change, give each other an ivy with heart-shaped leaves instead of a red rose. The ivy lovers among you will surely know the famous legend of Tristan and Isolde, who had to die for their love, and after their death two ivy plants grew intimately into each other.

Perhaps it is also good if lovers do not think about the adult form of the ivy: as we have mentioned above, after about 10 years it begins to blossom and bear fruit (which those in love might wish for), but the ivy also loses its ability to climb as well as its adhesive strength!

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