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  • Quick Growing, Easy To Grow Vine
  • Light Preference/Tolerated (Bright Direct Light, Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light)
  • Average Watering Needs
  • Mature Height 6-10 inches

Hedera helix is better known as English Ivy, California Ivy, Glacier Ivy, Baltic Ivy, or Common Ivy. The list of Ivy varieties is lengthy and continually being expanded.  All of these plants are vining perennials native to parts of Europe, Scandinavia, and Russia and easily grow indoors as a houseplant where they are well behaved. Green California Ivy has solid green leaves that grow in size as they mature. Ivy can be grown on its own as a specimen plant or added to a mixed hanging basket of other indoor vines.

Best Locations For Growing Green California Ivy

Ivy is one of the top plants for air filtration in a house or office setting. The leaves filter toxins from carpets, paint, and other indoor furnishings, and add oxygen to the air. The fact that it can tolerate a reasonable amount of neglect makes this plant easy for a first-time houseplant grower. All parts of Green California Ivy are poisonous, and this plant should be kept away from children and pets.

Green California Ivy Sunlight Requirements

Indoors, Ivy needs indirect bright light to keep it growing robust and compact. Lower light will result in sparse leggy growth that is not a vibrant green color. Hanging baskets of Ivy should be hung on a wall opposite a window with southern or western exposure. Hanging Ivy in direct sun will cause burning of the leaves and dieback of the stems. 

Green California Ivy Care

Use indoor potting soil with added perlite or vermiculite to aid drainage and keep the soil light and loose. Ivy can get dusty indoors and can be given a shower every so often to clean off the leaves. Use room temperature water and thoroughly wet both sides of the leaves. Leave the Ivy to drain in the shower for a couple of hours before moving it back into its regular position. Ivy tolerates being mildly rootbound and will only need repotting when the roots begin to grow out of the drainage holes. 

Watering Green California Ivy

Green California Ivy can be left to dry between waterings. When the top 1-2 inches of soil are dry to the touch, the plant needs watering. Always water enough that liquid drains from the bottom pot holes. Do not let Ivy sit in a saucer of water for longer than 10-15 minutes. The roots do not like sitting in waterlogged soil. If the tips of the leaves are turning brown, your Ivy may need more humidity. Mist the plant daily with water to provide extra humidity in the winter when indoor heating makes the atmosphere drier.

Feeding Green California Ivy

Ivy will benefit from fertilizing every six months. Use a balanced, diluted liquid houseplant formula with an NPK ratio of 10-10-10. Over-fertilizing can damage the roots and weaken new growth, leaving it susceptible to pests and disease.

Green California English Ivy Information

Light Exposure: Bright Direct Light, Bright Indirect Light, Medium Light
Care Requirements: Easy
Watering Requirements: Average - When the top 2 inches of the soil dries out.
Pet Friendly: No
Kid Friendly: No
Air Purifier: Moderate
Habit: Trailing
Growth Rate: Fast
Mature Height: 6-10 inches
Mature Spread: 3-50 feet
Flowering: No
Flower Color(s): None
Flower Shade/Description: Grown for Foliage
Fragrant: No
Foliage Type: Variegated
Foliage Color(s): Green, Red
Foliage Description: Variegated, Deep Green Colored Foliage
Temperature: 70° - 90°F (21° - 32°C)
Humidity: Average (40% - 60%)
Common Name: Green California English Ivy
Other Name(s): Common Ivy
Scientific Name: Hedera helix 'Green California'
Plant Type: House Plant

Container Sizes

Please Note: The pictures below are to give a general representation of the different container sizes. The actual size/ages of plants are estimates and will vary based on; type of plant, time of year, last pruning & many other factors.

4.5 Pot

4.5" Pot
 Also Known As:
   4.5" Container

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months
 Plant Size:
   ~ 3"-6"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.5"H x 3.75"W
   1.42 quarts

Quart Pot

Quart Pot
 Also Known As:

 Plant Age:
   ~ 6 months - 1 year
 Plant Size:
   ~ 4"-8"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 4.75"H x 4.5"W
   1.50 quarts

2.5 Quart

2.5 Quart
 Also Known As:
   2.5 Quart Pot

 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 8"-12"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 6.5"H x 6.5"W
   2.20-2.30 quarts

#1 Pot

#1 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #1 Container
    1 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1 - 2 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 10"-14"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 7"H x 7.75"W
   2.26-3.73 quarts

#2 Pot

#2 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #2 Container
    2 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 1.5 - 3 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-18"
 Pot Size:
   ~ 9.5"H x 9.5"W
   1.19-1.76 gallons

#3 Pot

#3 Pot
 Also Known As:
   #3 Container
    3 Gallon
 Plant Age:
   ~ 2 - 4 years old
 Plant Size:
   ~ 12"-30"
 Pot Size:
   ~9.5"H x 11"W
   2.32-2.76 gallons

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Plant Shipping

Below are some factors we consider when determining when to ship the plants depending on the timing of the order.

Winter to Early Spring

We ship only when it's warm enough to plant in your growing zone.
Sometimes plants aren't completely ready to sell and ship in early spring. We will wait until the plants are ready before shipping so you don't get a subpar product.
For Southern plants we will be able to ship much earlier than plants coming from our northern nursery.


If there is extreme heat we may delay shipping for a week or several weeks.
We review what areas the plants are traveling through as well as your location.

Fall into Winter

We’ll ship plants out all the way up to the end of the fall planting season!


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Planter Shipping

Standard Colors: 2-3 business days

Special Order Colors: 8 weeks - this is due to the planter being custom made with the color(s) of your choice

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