English Ivy plants prefer bright indirect light but no direct sun as the foliage will burn. In less light, the ivy will become leggy and sparse.
Let the top 25%-50% of the soil dry out before watering. Allow the water to flow freely from the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot. Always empty the saucer of any water. English ivy does not like its roots constantly wet. Crispy brown leaves indicate over-watering, not under-watering.
This plant loves to be misted with room-temperature water; feel free to do this daily, especially in the winter when the air is very dry. Not only does misting provide humidity, it also keeps the pests away.
English ivy plants can grow in temperatures between 45-80 degrees F; they prefer a consistent temperature rather than large swings in temperature.
English Ivy thrives when fed two times per month in the spring and summer with a general-purpose indoor plant fertilizer at half-strength. There’s no need to feed in the fall or winter when the plant goes into a natural resting period; fertilizing during the time could do more harm than good.
English Ivy is mildly toxic to humans and pets. Typically, ingestion will cause mouth and stomach irritation and possible vomiting.
Feel free to trim up your English Ivy regularly to keep it in shape. Snip off the trailing vines that are just too long with a pair of sharp scissors or pruning shears to keep your plant looking full. You’ll get a bushier plant this way. You can prune your plant back by as much as half at a time, it will not hurt this plant at all.