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The Easiest Cascading Ivy Plant To Grow At Home

The Easiest Cascading Ivy Plant To Grow At Home

If only my plant would just tell me what it needs! 

I can't count the number of times that thought ran through my head when I started growing (ok, ok, killing) houseplants. I would google "plants I won't kill" and cross examine the poor woman at the plant nursery trying to look for that perfect plant that won't die on me.

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The same names kept coming up - succulents, cacti, mother in law's tongue - all low light low water plants. But I killed them.

Multiple times.

The problem with all of these "easy plants" is - they don't tell you what's wrong with them until it's too late. Enter the PERFECT plant that will actually tell me what it needs -the cascading ivy plant, AKA Devil’s Ivy (or Photos if you're into sounding professional).

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Why I love the Devil's Ivy plant so much

The reason this plant is so easy to care for is that unlike his low water friends he will show you when he's thirsty. Leaves will start drooping, and feel really soft to the touch, easy to fold, and lifeless. A couple of hours after it's watered those leaves will perk right back up. 
Easiest Plant to keep alive

A couple of more reason you should love Devil's Ivy as much as I do

This cascading plant is very versatile. Plant it by the window and watch light streaks in different shades form on the leaves, move it to a darker corner and the leaves will stay one bright shade. If it dies (which it might) you can chop off all the leaves, let the soil dry thoroughly (check that by sticking your finger into the soil and make sure it's not damp at all), and start over, like a Phoenix rising from the ashes.


cascading ivy plant

Photo by: @mountainfeatherdesigns


Let it cascade beautifully on the wall at eye level (our plant hanger is PERFECT for that) to make sure you're really paying attention to its watering needs as you grow more familiar with it (sorry, plant puns are the worst). Once you feel that you've mastered caring for it, you can move on to more difficult plants.

A few Q&A we frequently get about this beautiful cascading Ivy plant:

How often should you water your Devil's Ivy?

Please remember there is no schedule for watering plants. Always check with your finger to see if the soil is dry before you water - and when in doubt it's better to not water it than to over water, so wait another day or two.

What are the best post for Ivy plants?

Like with any plant, make sure that your plant pot has a drainage hole. This makes sure the excess water doesn't get stuck in the roots (which can cause root rot and very sad plants). 

If you want to take your plant care one step further, make sure to check out our self watering planets. 

Here’s how it works: you water your plants, the extra water goes down the drainage hole, and into a saucer placed under the drainage hole. When your plant’s soil is dry and thirsty again, the plant “drinks” the water from a cotton cord placed between the saucer and the pot. Our self watering planters will keep your Devil’s ivy happy and healthy.

You can check out our wide selection of smart self watering planters RIGHT HERE.

Does trailing ivy grow in shade?

Can Devils Ivy survive without sunlight? Great question! The pothos, or Devil’s Ivy, is a very tough plant and can grow even if it doesn't get lots of sunlight. However, be cautious! Direct sunlight can scorch their leaves, so make sure to keep this plant away from the blazing sun.

Are there different types of devils ivy?

There aren’t very many devils ivy types. You can find an 'Argyraeus', which has small grey spots, 'Trebie' has coarser leaves and grey marbling. The 'Silvery Ann' cultivar has more soft grey in the leaves.

Should I hang my Devil’s Ivy plant?

Devil's Ivy makes for an excellent hanging plant. It’ll cascade beautifully and the way the sun hits those leaves will make the entire scene swoonworthy. You can find a wide range of wall hanging planters here, and beautiful, handcrafted ceiling planters right here.

How do I make devil's ivy variegated?

Devil's Ivy plant has a lots of different color patterns (the hanging plants) depending on the light and the specimen. Make sure to place your Devil's Ivy plant in bright, indirect light to keep those leaves variegated (think- highlights! But for plants).

Have any more questions about the Devil's Ivy plant? Ask below in the comments or write us an email to shira@loopliving.co

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