Pulling off cuttings from ivy - this is how you gain new plants

Pulling off cuttings from ivy - this is how you gain new plants

Pull off the ivy

To propagate ivy and get new cuttings, either cut cuttings or cut off shoots of the ivy. Both methods are easy to perform and almost always successful.

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If you have little space in the house and do not want to worry too much about the cuttings, you should choose lowering for propagation. For cuttings you need a warm, bright but not sunny location in the house.

The best time to cut the cuttings is from April to September. Then the shoots take root particularly quickly.

Pull cuttings from cuttings

Cut off annual shoots that you peel off at the top. Remove the lower leaves and place the cuttings in prepared pots with potting soil. Make sure that you insert the shoots into the soil the right way round. Alternatively, you can put the cuttings in a glass with water. They usually also take root there.

Place the cuttings in a warm location at around 22 degrees. You should avoid direct sunlight.

Keep the soil moist but not wet. It is recommended to wrap the cuttings with transparent plastic bags.

Lower ivy

To obtain offshoots from subsidence, bend a shoot of the ivy down to the ground. Hollow out the earth a little and slightly scratch the shoot with a knife.

Place the scratched area in the cavity and cover it with soil. Weigh down the shoot with a stone or other suitable material.

At the interface, underground roots form, from which a new offshoot emerges.

Protect young plants from frost

Even if the common ivy is absolutely hardy, this is only partially true for young plants. In the first year after planting them outdoors, you should protect them from frost.

To overwinter, put fir branches or brushwood over the plants or spread a mulch blanket over them.

Watering the ivy in winter is even more important than frost protection. Most plants do not perish during the cold season of the year when the temperature is too low, but simply dry up because there has been too little rainfall. Water ivy - and especially the young plants - regularly on frost-free days, even in winter.


To grow cuttings from ivy seeds, you need an older plant that will bloom and produce fruit. The highly poisonous seeds need cold treatment before sowing or must be sown immediately after harvest in spring.