Growing Devil’s Ivy indoors is a great way to brighten up any room of the house with lush green foliage. But this well-known houseplant also has some great outdoor uses too!
Devil’s Ivy is a low maintenance, trailing plant that is among one of the easiest of all house plants to care for. It requires little nutrients from the soil, is rarely if ever bothered by pests, and can survive long periods without water.
In fact, as an indoor plant, it’s downright hard to kill. But this tropical vining evergreen plant can also be grown outside during the warm summer months.
Because of that, it can be utilized to create amazing pots, hanging baskets and container that bring life to porches, decks and shady patios. Even better, all for free by creating new starts from an existing indoor plant!
Growing Devil’s Ivy
For most growing zones, Devil’s Ivy, also commonly referred to as Pothos or Philodendron, must grow as a traditional houseplant. In fact, it can only survive winters in the warm, humid growing zones of 10 through 12.
When growing indoors, Devil’s Ivy requires only the most basic of needs. Because it can adapt to most soil conditions, basic potting soil provides more than enough nutrients to power the plant.
As for fertilizing, additional nutrients are simply not necessary. Devil’s Ivy is minimal feeder, and only requires periodic watering to keep the roots strong. Plant Product Link : 6″ Devil’s Ivy Plant
The most important care tip of all when growing indoors is to keep the plant in filtered light only. Devil’s Ivy grows naturally in tropical areas in the shade, so keeping it in similar conditions indoors is key to its success.
Avoid placing directly in front of sunny windows. Instead, place in locations that receive indirect light or light from windows that do not filter the sun directly.
Creating New Plants
One of the best things about Devil’s Ivy is how easy it is to create new plants from existing ones. Creating new plants is as simple as splitting and re-potting divisions, or by rooting new plants from foliage cuttings.
When dividing, simply slice equal portions of roots, pot up, and water. Yes, it really is that easy! But creating plants from cuttings is quite simple too, and a great way to make multiple plants to use for outdoor hanging baskets and containers.
Creating Starts From Cuttings
To grow new starts of Devil’s Ivy from cuttings, begin by cutting a leaf along with a few inches of stem. There are small nodes on the stems, and this is where new roots will generate from.
Cut the stem at an angle to allow water to enter the stem better. Next, place the plant into a clear glass, allowing only the stem and nodes (not the leaf) to go under water. And then simply wait for new roots to appear from the nodes!
Once they have grown to a few inches in length, simply replant into soil and water and care for as normal. This is a great way to start hanging baskets in late winter / early spring. By the time summer rolls around, you have ready made porch plants ready to fill your outdoors with greenery!
As fall approaches, you can bring plants back indoors, or simply treat them as an annual, and place them into your compost pile after the first frost. As long as you have a Devil’s Ivy plant still growing strong indoors, you can repeat the process every year!
Here is to growing Devil’s Ivy indoors and out – and adding a little tropical foliage to your home! For more information on growing houseplants, check out our Houseplants page on the blog.
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