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How to Propagate Ivy (Hedra helix)

Updated on March 25, 2011

Ivy is an easy-care houseplant that can easily be propagated to make many other plants for your house or to give to friends as gifts. There are two basic ways to propagate ivy: rooting a cutting in water or starting a runner in soil.

Rooting in Water

Rooting ivy in water is very simple. Just follow these steps:

  • Cut a healthy runner of about 3 inches in length.
  • Remove leaves from the bottom third of the cutting.
  • Place the cutting in a small glass or plastic container (a clear, well cleaned candle votive holder works very well) partially filled with water. The remaining leaves should not touch the water.
  • Leave the cutting in a sunny spot but out of harsh direct sunlight.

Water should be changed weekly. In a few weeks the cutting will begin to sprout roots. Once the roots reach about half the length of the cutting, the ivy is ready for planting.

Rooting in Soil

Another propagation alternative is to leave the runner attached to the parent plant until it is rooted. To do so, choose a lengthy runner of about 5-6 inches, fill a small pot with moistened soil, and follow these steps:

  • Place the new pot just beside the parent plant.
  • Lay the runner over the soil and anchor to the soil in the middle. To do so, use two toothpicks to make an X over the runner where it touches the soil or bend a twist tie into a U shape and insert into the soil.
  • Keep the soil in the new pot evenly moist, but not saturated, for a few weeks until the runner roots.

Once the new plant is established, cut it from the parent plant.

Both methods will easily propagate ivy with time and patience.


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