This creeping plant can be grown outside as an annual in warmer months or year-round as a houseplant. The care below is specifically for plants grown indoors.
Light – Moderate light is preferred. Avoid direct sunlight as it can result in wilting and scorched leaves.
Water – Water once the top third of the soil is dry. Be careful to avoid overwatering and never let the soil dry out completely.
Soil – Moist, well-draining soil. Espoma Potting Soil is a good choice for these plants.
Temperature – Swedish Ivy prefers temperatures between 60° and 75°, the average temperature of most homes. Do not expose Swedish Ivy to temperatures below 50° and keep them protected from drafts, especially during winter.
Humidity – While it does well in average home humidity levels, Swedish Ivy enjoy higher humidity. Regular misting or a nearby humidifier are easy ways to increase humidity levels.
Fertilization – Fertilize every 2 to 4 weeks with a balanced fertilizer, like Bonide Liquid Plant Food, spring through fall. There is no need to fertilize in winter.
Size – Swedish Ivy stems can reach up to 3 feet long. Once stems reach 6 to 12 inches they begin to trail over the sides of their container.
Repotting – Repot every 1 to 2 years to refresh the soil and size up container, if needed. Swedish Ivies do very well in hanging baskets where they can fully show off their trailing growth habit, but they can also be planted in standard containers. Make sure to select a pot with good drainage and no more than 2 sizes larger than their current pot if you’re upsizing.
Propagation – Swedish Ivy can be propagated via stem cuttings or by dividing the plant while repotting.
Toxicity – Considered non-toxic to people and pets.