What is Persian Ivy? How to Grow Persian Ivy in Your Garden?

Have you ever thought of growing Persian Ivy in your home garden? Persian Ivy is a common name that can come to mind when referring to vines, climbers, or ground cover plants.

But I think that is not enough to grow any plant in your garden because there are a lot of things you need to learn. So I am here to help you out with this.

Here, I have shared all my implemented step-by-step methods that will help you grow Persian Ivy, whether they are poisonous to grow, all the basic requirements the plant needs to thrive best, and, at last, all the common problems that you can face while growing Persian Ivy. Further, if you have any queries, ask me in the comment section below.

Quick takeaways:

  • The Persian ivy is used to grow in indirect bright light as harsh sunlight can burn their foliage.
  • They are used to grow in moist soil, and alkaline soil and these grow up to 30′ to 70′ in height and 10′ to 20′ in width.
  • Usually while visiting Middle East countries, we can come across the “Persian Ivy”. Persian Ivy is a native of Turkey, where traces of its origin can be found.

A few more details about the Persian Ivy are described below,

Common NamePersian Ivy
Botanical NameHedera colchica
MoistureMoist soil
Soil typeAll soil types, but preferably alkaline soil
WaterIt needs to be watered thoroughly and before watering again make sure that the topsoil is 25%-30% dry.
Flowering/NonfloweringFlowering only in autumn after the plants mature.
Flower colourGreen
Flowering SeasonAutumn
FruitsBerries that are black in colour
SpecialtiesEasy to cultivate and moderate to maintain. Its black fruits are eaten by birds and its flowers don’t repel bees. The plant bears beautiful heart-shaped leaves.
Height30′ to 70′
Width10′ to 20′
Sun ExposurePartial sun exposure, the shade is most preferable
HabitVines, Climbers
ProblemsInsect problems
ResistanceCan resist drought, soil erosion, and heavy shade
Harvest Time Winter
Hardiness (The ability to endure difficult weather conditions)Fully hardy

Some peculiarities of Persian Ivy- How to identify Persian Ivy?

Identifying species of ivy plants can be easy due to the peculiar and distinctive shape of the leaves. Ivy plants have lobed leaves that it is categorized as climbers. It is a self-clinging evergreen climber that bears dark green leaves with a leathery texture.

The leaves will form a dense ground cover and can be alternatively grown in shady areas instead of grass. A mature Persian Ivy can bear large green flowers in autumn.

The plant may also not be winter hardy in extremely cold areas, but dense cultivation may increase its longevity. It is an annual plant with moderate temperatures and shade in some areas. there are many types of Ivy like Variegated Wax Ivy, Senecio Wax Ivy, etc.

How to Grow Persian Ivy in Your Garden?

These plants can be planted in containers, pots, or on the ground. Persian Ivy is an outdoor plant best for gardens or for covering surfaces.

These are perfect for preventing soil erosion on slopes, and hills and can provide a dense cover for a variety of vertical structures like walls and fences.

These plants need moderate maintenance. These plants need bright light but not direct sun. It prefers alkaline soil and moderate humidity. Plant propagation can be done by cutting stems or leaves and can easily be grown.

What is the best way to grow Persian Ivy?

Ivy plants prefer indirect bright light, but they cannot bear direct sunlight or harsh light. This can cause burns in the foliage. Ivy plants require good drainage to flourish.

The easiest method to grow Ivy plants is providing full shade or partial sun and watering only after the topsoil is 25%-30% dry. This can lead to good foliage of the plant.

Can Persian Ivy be grown indoors?

Persian Ivy can bear all seasons and can grow in any type of soil. But the ideal soil type is alkaline and ideally prefers shade or partial sun. Nevertheless, it is an evergreen and hardy plant that thrives almost all seasons.

Different species of this plant can be grown as indoor plants such as neon pothos or house plants, but standard Persian Ivy is best suited outdoors, as an ideal garden plant that prevents soil erosion.

Is Persian Ivy Poisonous?

Ivy plant is not food and is poisonous if consumed. It is not toxic for birds, insects, or livestock. Children below the age of 5 are at maximum risk from plant poisoning. It is a toxic plant.

Its ingestion can cause severe discomfort and its contact can create irritable skin. Wearing gloves and other protective equipment, or taking protective measures is a must while dealing with Ivy plants. The Ivy plants are toxic to pets and horses.

Persian Ivy is a toxic plant. Its ingestion can cause severe discomfort and its contact can create irritable skin. Wearing gloves and other protective equipment, or taking protective measures is a must while dealing with Ivy plants. The Ivy plants are toxic to pets and horses, but not toxic for birds, insects, or livestock.

How to Care for Persian Ivy in your home garden?

Below are the caring tips for your Persian Ivy to grow well in your home garden. They are as follows:

Fertilizer needs

  • Persian ivy requires fertilizer for about one time a month.
  • You have to feed them with fertilizer in the months of fall summer and spring.
  • You have to make use of water-soluble nitrogen fertilizer which will increase the foliage of the plant.
  • Read the instructions carefully all the catalog and then pour fertilizer on this soil. 

Sunlight needs

  • Sunlight required by this plant is bright, indirect sunlight.
  • Feed them with sunlight for about 6 to 8 hours every day so that the plants grow well.
  • Keep in mind not to expose the plant directly to the sunlight, as it will scratch its leaves at the time of hot summers.
  • At the time of winter, you could make use of artificial long-lasting leaves.

Pruning needs

  • Pruning is required by every plant with time so that the shape and size of the plant remain maintained.
  • You have to cut the withered and yellow-colored leaves from the plant as they are a sign of infection in the plant.
  • Keep in mind to use clean scissors for trimming the plant to prevent fungal infections.
  • At the time of spring, you have to prune the plant once a year when the vines become too long.

Soil needs 

  • The ideal pH level for this plant is 6.0-7.5.
  • It requires neutral to acidic soil for its good growth.
  • Providing this plant with a good amount of well-drained, drained fertile soil will help it grow at a faster pace. 
  • This plant can bear poor soil conditions.
  • You can add Peat soil with leaf mold in a ratio of 1:1 for more fertility of the plant.

Watering needs

  • Watering required by this plant is not demanding as they are not tolerant plants.
  • So providing them with sufficient water, as per your choice will help them grow.
  • You have to water the plant until the excess water comes out from the drainage holes.
  • When you observe yellow-colored leaves in the plant, it shows that the plant is not receiving water.
  • So keep misting your plant for a healthy plant and keep it moist.

Common problems for Persian Ivy

Below are the common problems that are faced by the Persian ivy. So it is your responsibility to prevent these problems and help your plant to revive so that you can enjoy the benefits of your plants. So let’s get started to throw some light on those common problems that are explained below: 

Nutrient deficiencies

  • Nutrients are required by every plant to grow well. But what is the plant’s lack of nutrients?
  • It will make the leaves of the plant turn yellow which is not a good sign for the plant.
  • So you make use of fertilizer for providing nutrients to the plant.
  • Making use of water-soluble fertilizer will suit the growth of the plant.


  • The caterpillar stands to attack the plant and is one of the fleshy moths that comes in various shapes and patterns.
  • They tend to eat the leaves and flowers in the plant by making holes in the plant.
  • You have to stop them from doing all the plant parts.
  • So you have to make use of organic solution spray and spray it on the leaves so that the caterpillar moves away and does not come to your plants again and again. 

Aged yellow and dry

  • What about the yellow-colored leaves in the plant?
  • Yellow color leaves form in the plant because of the natural aging of the plants.
  • It also makes the leaves dry so it is important to prevent them until a new plant gets destroyed. 
  • You cannot do anything in this matter as the plant is reaching its end stage. 

Brown spot

  • It is one of the common problems faced by the Persian ivy. When you observe brown spots on the plant, it is a serious problem.
  • You have to find a solution to prevent these brown spots on the leaves.
  • If there are fewer brown spots on the plant, then it will vanish by itself. 
  • Otherwise, you can make use of horticultural oils. 

What does Ivy mean?

Ivy is usually referred to as an evergreen plant, that represents strength, eternity, and everlasting love. It is referred to as a strong plant that is certainly associated with life and immortality. Ivy symbolizes fidelity and eternal life.

In ancient Egypt, ivy was dedicated to the Egyptian God Orisis, who represents immortality. In ancient Greece, ivy was the plant of Dionysus as it represented vigor. Thus Persian Ivy gains its representation of evergreen and vigorous plants, from ancient times.

Wrapping up the context

In this guide, you come to know that Persian Ivy is a common name that can come to mind when referring to vines, climbers, or ground cover plants.

Usually while visiting Middle East countries, we can come across the “Persian Ivy”. Persian Ivy is a native of Turkey, where traces of its origin can be found. Grow the Persian ivy in your home garden and enjoy its benefits.


Is Persian Ivy fast-growing?

Persian Ivy, is an evergreen plant, categorized into climbers. These plants are most suitable for creating a dense cover on the fence, covering a shady wall, or creating a ground cover. It is a fast-growing plant.

Is Persian Ivy Invasive(harmful)?

It is a non-invasive plant, which certainly needs some room or space to grow but can be kept under control. These plants can easily prevent soil erosion and can tolerate drought and pollution. It can be cultivated in any soil type and is not harmful or uncontrollable.

What makes a plant an Ivy?

The plant stems bear simple leaves or in most cases just leaves, with simple textures. As the stem reaches the top of its support capacity, its growth becomes horizontal or ground covering. The stems sometimes bear greenish flowers in late autumn, that are rich in nectar and attract insects for pollination.

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