Growing ivy is a simple way to cover or decorate an unsightly fence. One you establish this plant, it will quickly take off and cover your entire fence. Check out some of the steps below to get started.
Step 1 – Planning and Preparing
If you want to grow your ivy to cover a fence, you should plan on planting the ivy as close to the fence as you can to encourage growth upward, rather than outward over the ground. Make sure your planting area is far away enough from any walls or other areas you don't want the ivy to grow on, as controlling ivy, especially on walls, can be difficult.
Preparing the Ground
Prepare the ground by adding plenty of soil into the compost. Turn the earth over with a shovel or fork, and work the compost in thoroughly to a depth of 4 inches for best results. For the best soil, check the pH levels.
Step 2 – Making Holes
If your ivy plants are small, space the ivy plants approximately 12-inches apart and as close to the fence as possible. If the plants are larger, make the holes and spaces between the plants slightly larger.
Then, dig a hole for each plant with your trowel, about 6-inches deep. Loosen the ivy from its plastic container, and spread the root ball with your fingers.
Step 3 – Watering the Plant
Water the hole lightly, put in the ivy plant, and then fill the hole with dirt before watering the plant in. Take care not to water the ivy leaves.
Step 4 – Growing the Ivy
The ivy will begin to grow quickly, but it will take about three months for the plant to become fully established. Remove the growth outward to stimulate upward growth toward the fence. After three months, fertilize the ivy every two months.
Fast-Growing Ivy FAQ
What is the best ivy to cover a fence?
There are many types of ivy that will grow upward to cover fences, trellises, and walls. Virginia Creeper and Boston ivy are popular choices because they are fast-growing and non-invasive.
How long does it take to cover a fence with ivy?
The amount of time it takes to cover your fence with ivy depends on how tall the fence is but for the most part, your fence should be covered in about two years.
What is the fastest growing ivy?
Persian ivy, Boston ivy, and English ivy are all very fast-growing icy plants that are relatively easy to grow and low-maintenance.
Does ivy stay green in winter?
English ivy stays green all winter long, which is why this is a popular groundcover choice in home landscaping.
Many types of ivy are evergreen, but not all. Boston ivy, for example, changes colors with the seasons.
What is the easiest outdoor ivy to grow?
Many varieties of ivy grow well outside. Himalayan ivy, also known as Nepalese ivy, grows well in shaded areas. North African, Persian, Algerian, Japanese, and English ivy all grow well outside, as do many other ivy varieties.