Swedish Ivy, A Beginner Plant

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My grandmother had a Swedish Ivy for several years. I remember it trailing down from its hanging position. It was one of very few indoor plants she had. I ventured out last summer and found a small one at a local private greenhouse. I took it home, re-potted it and let it grow. It wintered over in the greenhouse and has really outdone itself this year.

I’ve taken a few cuttings off of it and started them in water and in dirt both with equal success. It’s an easy beginner plant to root from cuttings. The main thing is to not neglect and let it get dried out in the summer sun. I keep mine in the shady part of the back yard all summer long.  A six inch cutting is enough to get a plant started. For a fuller effect put three or four cuttings in the same container.

Swedish Ivy Start in shallow bowl
Swedish Ivy Start in shallow bowl

Even the cuttings are blooming right now.

Happy start already blooming.
Happy start already blooming.

Here’s the mom plant, she’s in a six inch pot and needs to be replanted into a larger one before the first frost here. She’ll spend the winter in the green house and I’m sure she’ll be even more beautiful next summer.

Resting on top of central air unit.
Resting on top of central air unit. This plant is dangling over 2 feet from its roots to the newest growth and plenty of blooms which last several days per stem. This is the standard green variety.

Here’s a close up of her blooms, dainty white speckled shafts of happiness.

Blooms galore
Blooms galore, sideways pic, silly phone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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