Hedera Hibernica (ivy)
Like its relative the Hedera Helix, the Hedera Hibernica - also called Irish ivy - is a perfect plant to use as a hedge. It is a fast grower and also remains very narrow. So it fits well in a small garden. This ivy plant has slightly larger leaves than the Hedera Helix. This is why it is also called the large-leaved ivy. The leaves are slightly lighter in color than those of the Hedera Helix.
This ivy grows about 50 cm to 70 cm per year. So you quickly have a dense hedge that remains green and provides a lot of privacy.
Where should you plant Hedera ivy?
As we already wrote, the Hedera Hibernica is a very easy type of plant that you can place anywhere. In the sun, in the shade or in partial shade. However, it has wet feet a problem. Keep an eye on this.
The ivy plant Hedera Hibernica does not like to have its feet in wet soil. Of course it needs enough water, but use it in moderation.
The plant needs even a lot of help at first. It can climb really well, but the start is difficult. So braid it - and later the new shoots - in height and width by hand through the fence or mesh wall that you are growing it against. It takes some time, but your hedge really needs that. Once it has been helped on it’s way, you no longer have to help it. Then the enjoyment starts.
Care & Advice
- Give the hedge plant enough water, but never too much. It does not like wet feet.
- Braid the ivy through the fence, frame or mesh wall. This will give you a beautiful hedge.
- Pruning can be done between March and mid-November.
- Note: do not prune when it is high summer, but do it in cloudy or rainy. This way the edges of the leaves will not be damaged by the sun.
- For best results, prune the plant by hand with hedge trimmer or pruning shears. It's not the case that you shouldn’t use an electric hedge trimmer, but it really does get a lot more beautiful by hand.
- Continue to prune the hedge even when it is fully grown. At least twice a year. This is good against lignifying, but it also prevents the plants from damaging your home or overgrowing other plants.
Are you looking for a fast-growing and evergreen hedge plant that also remains very narrow? And one that is very easy to maintain? Then the Hedera Hibernica hedge plant is a perfect choice for you.