Taking care of my English Ivy
When buying plants, I always make sure that they are the right fit for me. Since I am starting to get familiar with the world of plants, I tend to go heavy on my research by knowing about the features of the plant and its nature. One of my three conditions when purchasing a new plant are: -
- It must be easy to take care of
- Look visually appealing
- Must be affordable
The English Ivy managed to tick all my three conditions.
This plant had been on my wish list for a while. It was in my favorite YouTuber's room and she raved about how beautiful and easy it was to care for it. So, I went to our Mandikhatar production house and got myself one. I bought the variegated option since it showcased lovely shades of green and yellow leaves. It had a thick stalk, so I was very happy with my purchase.
Caring for this plant was easy-breezy. This little one thrived so well and did not need that much care. When it comes to the placement, they can survive on part-shade, but bright light is much preferable. I played around with the placement and stuck with placing it in a south-facing window where it gets the best of light.
When I received the plant, I was made aware that it needed to be repotted after a few weeks. After a week, it was time! With the help of my father, we repotted the plant with the existing potting soil it came with and added extra coco peat and perlite. I placed it in a much bigger pot that had plenty of draining holes to give the plant room to grow and breathe.
For the watering situation, my ivy preferred to be moist. From our plant doctor here at I am the Gardener, I was made aware that English ivy doesn't like its soil to be dried out. For the most part, keeping it moist is crucial. I noticed when the soil is evenly moist, they tend to produce more vibrant colors. Another tip I learned was to evenly water ivies from the base since spraying from the top might lead to fungal diseases.
In terms of fertilizing, I have learned that ivy plants require minimum feeding. Our plant doctor had advised that feeding is not necessary but during the growing season, feeding the English with NPK (liquid fertilizer) in a dosage of 0.5gm/ltr in 10 days can lead to better growth and health of the plant.
From my time working here at I Am The Gardener; I can safely say that I have been able to acquire many tips and tricks on taking care of my plants through my team. From a complete amateur plant owner, I have figured out many ways in which I grow my plants in the best conditions. I can now gladly say that I am a proud plant mom that can take care of her plant babies in the best way!