Saturday, January 18, 2020

The Graceful Variegated Algerian Ivy

This is the largest-leafed English Ivy variety that I've seen sold as a houseplant. This is the very handsome variegated Algerian Ivy and it is quite easy to grow. It can be grown as a hanging basket or kept trimmed as a shelf plant.  

Its botanical name is Hedera canariensis 'Variegata' and naturally lives in the Western Mediterranean, in North Africa,the Azores, Canary Islands and Madeira. 

This Algerian Ivy was awaiting its new home at the lovely florist below. You can send indoor plants and floral arrangements just about anywhere in the world from this florist:

 Care instructions--
  • Prefers bright indirect light or some direct morning sun. Full afternoon sun will bleach the leaves. Its new leaves will be smaller in low light.
  • Water thoroughly when the soil surface is good and dry on top. 
  • A plant in a 6" (15cm) diameter pot should be watered with about a pint (or almost a half liter) of water
  • A plant in an 8" (20cm) diameter pot or 10" (25cm) diameter hanging basket, will use about a quart of water, when necessary.
  • Regular fertilizing keeps them looking robust. 
  • If they are trimmed back some, from time to time, you will have a fuller, lusher looking plant. Every few months, cut a few of the vines back a little, just below a leaf.
  • Longer vines can be cut back to the length you desire.  
  • This is the easiest way: Stem cuttings root very easily in water and can be planted in potting soil when the roots have grown to be about 2" long or longer.
  • They grow well in water or hydroponically, too. Refresh the water weekly. When you mix up some fertilizer for your other plants add a little of the fertilized water to any container of plants that are growing in water. 

***For a variety of  video clips on houseplant care from my 90's TV series, click here:

The Indoor Garden TV show


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