English Ivy Wholesale
English ivy, known scientifically as Hedera helix, is a type of flowering plant from most of Europe and parts of western Asia. Identified by its deep green and veiny leaves and its ability to propagate across large areas quickly, it's an excellent choice in landscaping for its beauty and ease of planting.
This plant, like many, is adept at clinging to virtually any surface it comes in contact with as it grows. While it prefers areas that are rough and darker in color, just about anything can work. Regarding soil, it thrives in pH that's almost neutral if only slightly on the acidic side. However, its incredible adaptability allows it to grow just about anywhere.
While it can take some time before they grow to full length, these vines can get to be up to 50 feet long when mature. They prefer to develop in shady areas. Additionally, they grow best in soil with an abundant supply of organic matter, meaning those who want to plant ivy would do well to compost before planting.
Ivy is a great way to attract birds to a property, as the purple-black berries it produces are a highly nutritious food source for them. When their greenish-yellow flowers are in bloom, species like hummingbirds or insects like butterflies will appear to drink its sweet nectar. Even deer will sometimes explore the ivy, either as a food source or to hide as they graze.
One of the primary uses for ivy in landscaping is to grow along walls and the sides of buildings. This gives the institution a rugged and aged look and can be used to cover up minor imperfections strategically. So long as the areas are inspected for damage beneath the ivy regularly over the years, it's perfectly safe to do this, too.
Climate Zone: 7 to 10
Mature Height: usually no more than 8 inches
Mature Width: up to 8 feet
Sunlight: part to full shade but can deal with full sun
Soil Conditions: Average to medium moisture and well drained
Botanical Name: Helix Hedra
English Ivy ship as bare root vines
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