Sunday, September 4, 2011

Evergreen Groundcover - Baltic Ivy


The Baltic ivy is a fast evergreen ground cover that not only adds interest to your yard and garden it also is a good way to prevent erosion.   The leaves on this ivy are blue green with white veins making this ivy eye appealing when grown in rock gardens , on walls and it is very attractive cascading down the sides of a container.   
  

Planting Tips for Baltic Ivy
Plant Baltic ivy in the spring after the danger of frost has past.  If you intend on  planting the ivy in masses, then it is best to purchase them as a bare roots.   I bought my Baltic ivy as a bare root and I got more plants for less money because I was a member at greenwoodnursery.com  

Planting a bare root does require a longer rooting and growing time.  On average it took 14 days for the leaves to form on my plants.  Now if you going to plant the Baltic ivy in a feature garden or in a container garden then it is best to buy a nursery grown plant. 

Ivy grown by patio table
Choose a garden site that has rich soil, good drainage and sun to partial shade.  If your summers are Hot, temperatures in the mid 90’s to 100’s partial shade in the afternoon would benefit the Baltic ivy.

Hydrate the  bare roots by filling a pan with tepid water.  Set the roots into the pan of water and allow them to hydrate for an hour before planting. 




Get Garden Site Ready

  1. Loosen a track of soil along the foundation wall or the back border of your rock garden. 
  2. Remove the grass, weeds and rocks. Work a generous amount of compost into the soil. 
  3. Plant the ivy bare roots in a hole that will accommodate their root up to the stem.  
  4. Firm the soil around the stem.  
  5. Plant a nursery grown ivy he same depth of their nursery container. Space the plants ten inches apart.  
  6. Water so soil is evenly moist.

Care for Baltic Ivy
Apply two inches of mulch around the ivy. The mulch will help to control moisture and will reduce weed growth.

Water the ivy in the morning so that the soil is moist but is not wet.   

Here are some of my photographs of Baltic Ivy. The photos bellow show you the quality of the plants that I bought online at greenwoodnursery.com  Know I have enjoyed the ivy for the last ten years.
Baltic Ivy in Winter : snow
Baltic Ivy stays green in winter

Tips:

  1. Climbing comes natural to the ivy, in a few weeks you will see vigorous branching .
  2. Feed the ivy in early spring with a water based fertilizer like miracle grow.
  3. Add Baltic ivy to containers, and window boxes. The green leaf with the white veining will accent the flowers. 
  4. When the flowers die off the ivy will add color to your containers throughout the winter.
  5. Grow Baltic ivy in zones 5-6-7-8. 
  6. When the Baltic ivy is mature the height will be 12 inches.  


Garden Idea:
In the autumn, plant yellow daffodils mixed with red tulips in front of the ivy. The backdrop of the Baltic ivy will look beautiful when the flowers bloom in spring.

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