Propagate Ivy: How To Make Cuttings

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You can easily propagate your ivy via cuttings. You have two different options for this. Which one you choose is entirely up to you.

Propagate ivy: Find the right cutting

Ivy is a low-maintenance, undemanding plant that is easy to propagate. You can use either head cuttings or partial cuttings.

Head cuttings consist of a stem with a shoot tip and some leaves.
Partial or stem cuttings, on the other hand, consist of a central part of a branch and accordingly do not have a shoot tip. These are usually more suitable for ivy.
Tip: Cuttings are best cut in late summer or early fall.

Cut the cuttings so that they are about ten centimeters long and have at least three leaf nodes.
Be sure to note where the “top” and “bottom” are. The cuttings must then be planted in the soil or placed in water with the correct side down.
Remove the lower leaves and let the cuttings dry for several hours.
After that you can choose one of the two following rooting methods.

Am besten schneidest du gleich mehrere Stecklinge.

Rooting ivy in potting soil.

In the first variant, the cutting is placed directly in soil. Here it is advisable to put several cuttings together in one pot. This way, the plant will look fuller and denser from the start.

You will need

  • a small pot with holes at the bottom,
  • growing soil,
  • some sand or pebbles
  • and possibly a glass bell jar.
  • And this is how you proceed:
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First fill the planter with a drainage layer of sand or gravel. It should be about one centimeter high.
Then pour the growing soil over it and place the cuttings next to each other. The cuttings should be as deep as possible in the soil so that they root well.
Water the cuttings and place them in a not too bright place. In the best case you put a glass bell over the pots, so that a permanent constant humidity is guaranteed. You can find such glass bells in many decoration stores. Important: Once a day you should “ventilate” so that no mold develops.
After about eight weeks, the ivy cuttings should have formed roots. Then you can remove the cover.

Rooting ivy in a water glass

The cuttings of many plants can be rooted very well in water. The advantages of this method: you have almost no effort and you can observe the root growth of your plantlets super. Keep in mind, however, that after rooting, the plants will have to survive another change of location when they are transplanted into soil. Sometimes they do not tolerate this change.

All you need for the water method is

  • some lukewarm tap water
  • and a glass jar.

Tip: The glass container should have a large enough opening. This way you will not easily damage the newly formed roots when you remove the cutting.

Fill the glass container with lukewarm tap water and place the cutting inside.
Place the glass in a bright place without direct sunlight.
If the water evaporates or becomes cloudy, you should replace it with fresh water.
Now it is time to wait. When the roots have reached a length of about two centimeters, take them out of the water and plant them in soil.
By the way: Certain plants in the bedroom can ensure a healthier sleep – and ivy is one of them.

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