English Ivy {Bare Root Plants, min 50}

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Hardy, evergreen, and fast growing dark emerald green leaves with prominent veins grace the long-lasting Hedera helix, commonly known as English ivy. The glossy sheen of the 3-5 lobed leaves are trademark English-countryside additions to any garden-scape decor. The perennial, woody vine is self-clinging and as such, English ivy will be perfect as a trailing ground cover lawn alternative, especially beneath large trees or for covering large bald spots where grass refuses to grow. Of course if you seek that cottage, historic feel, it is always a wonderful selection for climbing buildings, fences, trellises and walls.

English ivy is ideal for slopes and northern exposures (where evergreen is desired). It has a moderate to fast growth rate, and tolerates infrequent foot traffic.

English Ivy puts up with quite a wide range of soils though she prefers a rich loam; she'll grow in average to medium moisture and well-drained soils and likes to dry out between watering. She performs at her peak in part to full shade but will put up with full sun as well with her best variegation in part sun. Some shade is ideal if you are in Zones 7-10, but you'll be happy to know she does tolerate drought.

Things to Note
You will want to use caution when planting English Ivy if you live in a climate with mild winters where she will be very invasive. Consider using only in contained areas where you have the final say in how far she grows.

If you are considering purchasing this plant in bare root form, please read about bare root plants so you know what to expect.

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General information about Hedera helix:
Hedera ivies are tricky to water properly, especially if planted in summer. See the Care tab for advice about watering and the Shipping tab if you are considering planting them in warm weather.

Hedera ivies tolerate full sun in northern zones (up to zone 6) and require at least partial shade in zones 7 and above.

The word "helix" is derived from the Ancient Greek word for "twist, turn" and refers to spirals in the leaves. Hedera helix plants are also known as Ivy, Common Ivy, or English Ivy and are native to most of Europe and southwest Asia. When there are suitable surfaces (e.g. trees, cliffs, walls), this evergreen climbs up to 100 feet; when there are no vertical surfaces, it grows similarly well as a ground cover. Hedera helix's short rootlets adhere to tree bark and rock, aiding longer climbs.

The leaves are alternate and 1 1/2- to 3-inch long, with 1- to 4-inch long petioles. Hedera offers two different leaf types when she is exposed to full sun locations like the top of a rock face, a southern building façade or the crowns of trees, creating lovely interest. These leaves, palmately lobed juvenile leaves on creeping and climbing stems, and unlobed, cordate, adult leaves on fertile flowering stems, add both texture and variety with juvenile shoots being slender, flexible and willing to climb using tiny roots to attach themselves to surfaces like rock or tree bark and adults shoots that are both thicker and self-supporting with no roots.

In late Autumn, expect small, individual flowers blossoming in 1 to 2 inch greenish-yellow umbels. and in late winter, expect small blackberries that will thrill a variety of birds.

Gardeners love Hedera Ivies because of their uniquely-shaped leaves and their evergreen often variegated foliage that promises to add texture, variety and constant color to their landscape. Famously, Hedera is known for its skill in adorning unsightly walls.

Things to Note
The esthetic, camouflaging of Hedera lands her into a bit of a debate. There has been disagreement as to whether it is harmful to the object being climbed by ivy; the consensus in Europe is that the effect is mostly insignificant. In fact, soundly-mortared walls are generally considered to be impenetrable to ivies’ climbing roots. Those who follow this frame of thinking will argue that walls are actually protected from weathering due to a shield of ivy keeping the elements off mortar. Walls with already weak or loose mortar, however, may be susceptible to damage, as ivy can cause breaks by rooting into the mortar. Subsequent removal of the ivy can be difficult, and is likely to cause more damage than the ivy itself. Modern mortars (that contain Portland cement and a little lime) are stronger than older mixes; the latter were largely composed of sand and lime. Most mortar mixes changed to contain Portland cement in the 1930s, though soft mortar is still used when laying softer brick.

At the same time, when the object is living, such as a tree, both may compete for ground nutrients and water, and trees with heavy growths of ivy are more liable to windthrow, North America sees greater dangers, as trees run the risk of perishing after becoming overworked. This could be due to the difference between native plants and those plants being introduced from other regions. In North America, Hederas lack the natural pests and diseases that control its vigor in native areas. Gardeners will want to consider the potential of this ivy to create a vigorous, dense, shade-tolerant evergreen that can spread over large areas and out-compete native vegetation.
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I was blown away. 5 star quality!!!
04/02/2021 By Steven Capolarello (PA)
Product reviewed: English Ivy {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}

04/02/2021 The English Ivy I purchased arrived in perfect condition. Extremely healthy and vibrant. Perfectly packaged. I planted them a week ago and all have acclimated perfectly and thriving nicely. I highly recommend classy groundcovers!!! In my opinion... Read full review >
Hedera helix 'English'
03/26/2021 By H Heavrin (KY)
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03/26/2021 Excellent quality, fair price!
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03/24/2021 Our plants arrived quickly and according to the schedule (text updates). All 25 plants were in great health. We planted them the next day. One week later they look very healthy and strong. Very pleased and will order again from Classy Groundcovers.
Healthy plants shipped quickly
01/04/2021 By Vijai Tyagi (IL)
Product reviewed: English Ivy {3 1/2 in. Pots, min 25}

01/04/2021 English Ivy plants were healthy and were shipped the day after I placed order. I have purchased Junipers, Pachysandra and Boston Ivy also and they were all healthy and were well packaged for shipping. I recommend Classy Groundcovers for bulk purchase... Read full review >

05/27/2020 A week later they are still green.
Unless you know what you're doing, we do not recommend planting any Hedera ivies without a good month to get established before the heat of summer. We strongly recommend that you plant before mid-April or after mid-September (up to May 1 is OK in northern zones). It's tricky to water enough without over-watering (you must let the soil dry out between watering, but no so much that the plants die).

You may order them, but understand that we will not replace or refund should any perish. (more)

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The main reason why we recommend that you do not plant Hedera ivies in the summer is because it is tricky to water enough without over-watering.

You must let the soil dry out between watering, but not so much that the plants die. Stick your finger three inches into the soil, if you feel any moisture at all, do not water them.
In areas where spreading is not desired, trim back the runners before they take root or prune ruthlessly once a year.
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Hedera helix 'English'
Pronunciation: HED-er-ah HEE-liks
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