Ivy plant propagation

Updated February 21, 2017

Ivy is an easy-going plant, ideal for indoor growing where the attractive, leafy foliage is trained to climb up a small trellis or cascade gracefully over the sides of a hanging container. Nearly any type of ivy, including grape ivy, English ivy or Swedish ivy, are easily propagated by stem cuttings.

Prepare the container

Fill a pot with a commercial potting soil or a mixture of half perlite and half coarse, clean sand. Place the container in a tray or pan of water and allow the water to absorb through the drainage hole in the bottom of the pot. Put the pot aside to drain until the potting soil is damp but not soggy.

Take the cuttings

Use a sharp, clean knife to cut a 10 to 12.5 cm (4 to 5 inch) shoot from healthy, vigorous growth on a mature ivy plant. Take several cuttings, as some of the cuttings may not root. Pinch the leaves from the lower half of the cutting but leave the upper leaves intact.

Planting the cuttings

To prepare the cuttings, place a small amount of powdered rooting hormone on a paper plate. Roll the cut end of each ivy cutting in the powder, then tap the cutting to remove excess powder. Plant each cutting about 5 cm (2 inches) deep in the potting soil. Water the potting soil lightly to settle the soil around the cuttings.

Care for cuttings

Place the pot in a plastic bag and secure the bag with a rubber band. Place the pot where the cuttings will be exposed to bright light, but avoid direct sunlight or sunny windowsills, which are too hot. Although the potting soil will remain moist for several weeks as long as the plastic is secure, water inside the bag immediately if the soil becomes dry. Remove the plastic when you see new growth indicating that the ivy has taken root.


Although ivy is often grown as an indoor plant, most types of ivy can be grown outdoors. Grow ivy outdoors with care, as many varieties, including English ivy, are considered as invasive plants. Trim the ivy regularly and don't allow the plant to escape its boundaries. Alternatively, plant ivy in a container or hanging basket.

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About the Author

M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.