Who doesn’t love the look of lush ivy crawling up a picturesque trellis or wall? It’s a scene straight out of a fairy tale, and while many of us dream of cultivating this look, we struggle to figure out just how to do it.
So today, we are going to share with you the steps to growing healthy ivy up a trellis, or whatever fixture you choose. Start by shopping for the trellis you love, or identifying your ideal wall. Just be sure the material the ivy will be growing on is solid, and moisture-resistant, like this garden arbor by All Things Cedar:
Next, choose your ivy plant. English ivy and Boston ivy are the best ivy species for outdoor growing. (Hint: artificial outdoor ivy look just as beautiful as the real thing!)
Now you’re ready to pick a spot for your ivy plant. It should be right next to your trellis or wall, so be sure whatever structure you are using gets at least four hours of full sunlight each day.
Now prepare the soil, making sure it is rich in nutrients and will drain well. Plant the root ball of your ivy in the ground and cover with soil, packing it down tightly.
Make sure the soil stays moist for the first few weeks. Mother nature should take over after that, and soon you’ll have a climbing ivy plant fit for a Shakespearean play. Just don’t forget to prune it occasionally to keep it under control.