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by deedeefox on February 10, 2006 01:06 AM
Hello,

I am a newbie to this forum and have just recently started into gardening. I've had some sucesses and lots of failures, and hopefully you can help me with the latter. My question is: I planted English Ivy on a trellis on the south side of my house about midsummer. It grew fantastically, much to my surprise. (I always thought it loved shade.) Will the new growth come off of the existing vines, or should I cut it back? If I do need to cut it back, how much do I trim?
Thanks in advance for the advice.
DeeDeeFox
by mrsmessy on February 10, 2006 09:57 AM
Ivy is one of those plants that look fantastic until they start to eat your home. Keep cutting it back and limit it to the trellis because it will suck the mortar out of your bricks, encourage mildew on your home and just generally tick you off when you look back and wonder what you were thinking planting ivy. Do I sound like I have experienced the magical wonders of ivy?

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by Amigatec on February 10, 2006 07:58 PM
I started a spot from just a few cuttings, and has just about taken over a flower bed. I started it for ground cover.

Don't worry about cutting it, it WILL grow back. [Smile]

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by RugbyHukr on February 10, 2006 11:00 PM
English ivy is very tolerant of the sun. But grows quite well in deep shade.

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by weezie13 on February 10, 2006 11:35 PM
I thought I'd posted on this yesterday.....

This one kind is on the invasive list isn't it???
Can become very aggressive..
Smothering natives along it's path if let go
and unattended...

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by Amigatec on February 11, 2006 10:00 PM
I can be very invasive, I use it for ground cover. If it gets to out of control, I take the weed eater to it. I planted it underneath my Cherry trees to control weeds.

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by deedeefox on February 12, 2006 10:19 PM
Thanks for all those speedy replies. I agree it grows fast - you can almost watch it grow. So I assume I can cut it back aggressively in the spring? Also, one side of my yard is totally void of grass, it's just bare spots and weeds. We do have to walk over there as that's where the water spigot is. If I plant this ivy there, can we walk on it?

deedeefox
by weezie13 on February 12, 2006 11:36 PM
You can walk on it,
but it does have some pretty sturdy vines,
as it grows/creeps along and out,
and gets older......
*and attaches at every leaf node.. so ther'es roots all along the vine...*

I'd sort of be a little worried about
tripping on it as I walked...

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by deedeefox on February 13, 2006 07:50 AM
Never thought about that - thanks for the advice.

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