There is a plant that I am very fond of: the Small-leaved Ivy very good as an indoor plant, very different from the Large-leaved Ivy used in gardening to cover walls and garden fences. We can find many varieties of small-leaved ivy in nurseries, but basically, there is ivy with completely green leaves and those with white or yellow spotted leaves.
The great thing about little leaf ivy is that they are fairly easy to care for and last for many years. Some tricks to take good care of your little plant:
It holds up acceptably in places with little light. Of course, in this situation, the varieties with white or yellow-speckled leaves partially lose that color and completely green leaves are born. Leaving ivy in direct sunlight can discolor the plant.
Small-leaved ivy needs a cool environment (14-18ºC) but supports a wide range of temperatures. In winter, do not place the pot near the heating because of the heat it gives off and which is not good for it, especially if it lacks water.
A good trick is to spray its leaves every 2 days in summer. In winter, if it’s in a heated room, spray it too. As an alternative to spraying, you can increase the humidity of the air around it by placing the pot on a plate or bowl of water.
Moderate watering, does not want much water. In summer, you only have to water it twice a week and in winter it is enough with 1. To feed the ivy well, every 15 days in spring and summer add a little liquid fertilizer dissolved in the irrigation water or stick fertilizer bars.
Pruning will help the ivy keep the stems strong and the plant more compact and dense. It is best to cut the tips 1 or 2 times a year, preferably at the end of summer or at the time of changing the pot.
In spring, change the pots of plants that are already 2 or more years old to a larger pot. If it is difficult to handle, replace the top 2 or 3 centimeters of the substrate with a fresh one.
Medicinal properties of small-leaved ivy
Little-leaved ivy has medicinal properties and some beauty salons use its extracts in lotions and creams to reduce cellulite. They say that ivy erases orange peel by doing the following: 100 grams of ivy leaves in a liter of mineral water. Mix and heat until it boils for fifteen minutes. Strain and place compresses of this cooking as hot as you can resist in the affected areas, but without burning, obviously.
Be careful with the fruits of the ivy because they are toxic. If a child eats 2 or 3 little fruits, they can cause serious poisoning.
Little-leaved ivy is a very easy plant to multiply. It is enough to take pieces of about 10 or 15 cm. from the ends and drive them into moist soil. For each pot you can put 2 or 3. Keep at about 20ºC and spray often. Another method of multiplying ivy is layering. Put a pot next to the plant, support the long stems on the substrate, it will take root on its own. After it takes hold, it can be cut from the mother plant.