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Wax Ivy Variegated/ Senecio Macroglossus Variegatus

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Single Plant in self watering pot

A relative of the Bead Plant, Variegated Wax Ivy has been on display in our retail greenhouses for years. It has shiny, waxy leaves that resemble those of English Ivy but without the headache of spider mites or other pests. The variegated, triangular leaves and plump stems of this climbing vine make for a lush hanging basket or trellised climber in a pot. In bright sun, the white stems and leaf edges blush a beautiful pink and purple that creates a lovely contrast with the green. In the summertime, yellow, daisy-like flowers appear. Like other senecios, it prefers to dry between waterings but it has been a carefree plant for us for many years. Variegated Wax Ivy received the Royal Horticultural Society?s Award of Merit for its spectacular foliar variegation.

Ivy is a common houseplant, which somewhat belies the fact that it?s not particularly easy to grow indoors. They don?t much like artificially warmed, dry air, which describes most heated and air-conditioned homes today. Nevertheless, ivies continue to be seen throughout garden centres because of their beauty. Properly grown ivies make wonderful trailing plants, climbing plants, and even indoor topiaries.

Growing Conditions
Light: Bright light in summer, but not direct sunlight. Bright winter light also.
Water: They prefer moist, humid conditions, but not soaking. Don?t let the soil dry out and keep evenly moist.
Temperature: Ivies prefer cooler nights, often below 60?F. Many species can overwinter outside and will grow back from their stems. During hot summer days, mist frequently.
Soil: Loose, well-drained potting mix.
Fertilizer: During the growing season, feed with controlled-release fertilizer or biweekly with weak liquid fertilizer.

Propagation

Ivies propagate readily from stem cuttings. Because they are trailing plants, ivies benefit from trimming?use these trimmings to propagate your plants.

Repotting
Repot every year into fresh potting soil, or every other year for larger plants. Old, tired plants can be refreshed and planted back into the same containers.

Varieties
The vast majority of ivies seen in garden centres are so-called true ivy, from the genus Hedera. There are actually 15 species of Hedera, but H. helix is the star as far as cultivated plants are concerned. It has been extensively hybridized into a number of interesting leaf patterns and shapes. Growth requirements for all Hedera ivies are similar.

Grower?s Tips
The trick to growing healthy ivy is to provide cool nights and moist, humid conditions. theses varieties typically have aerial roots that cling, so the plant can be trained up supports or allowed to trail from hanging baskets. Remember to frequently mist your ivy for best results, especially during dry winters. To keep an ivy compact and bushy, pinch off the growing tips.

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