How to propagate: Ivy plant (Hedera)

In nature the Ivy can reach a height of 30 meters. As soon as you use the plant as a indoor plant this will not be the case, but it will certainly climb. In terms of care the plant is not difficult. Both indoors and outdoors.

Propagating the Ivy, or Hedera, is very easy. Just like taking care of the plant. You do need some patience and time, but the cuttings will definitely grow.


  • Ivy (Hedera)
  • Scissors or knife
  • Disinfectant
  • Glass, vase(s) or mug with water

Propagating a Hedera in 4 steps

Step 1: Disinfect

First clean the scissors you are might be using.

Keep the scissors under hot water and clean them well. This prevents you from unnecessarily transferring bacteria during the propagation.

Do you happen to have disinfectant or pure alcohol? Disinfect the tools after the hot water. Let's get away with those bacteria and fungi!

Step 2: Take cuttings

You can cut the Ivy just below the leaf. Make sure there are leaves higher above the cutting. Keep in mind that the bottom leaf still needs to be removed.

You can also choose to cut several small pieces.

Step 3: Cuttings in water

You can best propagate an Ivy in water. Place the cutting directly in the water. Make sure that every leaf that touches the water is removed. Don’t forget to change the water weekly.

The leaf that has to be removed, can be cut off with scissors.

Step 4: Taking care of the cutting

After about 4 to 6 weeks roots will start to grow. When the roots are about 5 cm, you can repot the cutting in a flowerpot. Use fresh potting soil to prevent mourning flies. Mourning flies develop in moist environments, like used potting soil.

That’s it! You have successfully propagated the Ivy.

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