Simple & Easy Houseplant – Swedish Ivy Care

Somehow I am starting to accumulate more and more indoor houseplants. I guess it sort of sneaks up on you when you’ve planted some to take inside (like I have), and then you love how they look where they are sitting under the window. So you keep that inside. Next time you are out shopping, when you pass a pretty plant that you know won’t live through an Ohio winter outside, I just tell myself ” Just one more won’t hurt…”

Does this happen to you?  We people who love to garden still want those plants in winter too, so we give in to our temptations. Then wonder later how we got so many plants!

I thought I could start a series of posts on the houseplants I have. Or the ones I wish I had. Shush now! (whispering) Or maybe the ones I will get when my husband is not looking. “Oh that one? I have had that for a while. Don’t you remember it?” LOL

Swedish Ivy Care - An easy houseplant to grow.

So that brings me to my first plant, Swedish Ivy. It is also called Creeping Charlie (not the same as the WEED by that name), but its official name is Plectranthus australis. Swedish Ivy care is so easy that this could be a “beginner plant” if you are in your first stages of getting addicted to plants and gardening.

Swedish Ivy is great for hanging baskets outdoors and indoors. It cascades so beautifully down the sides of a pot that a hanging pot becomes a huge ball or teardrop shape. The leaves are thick-ish (I would call it a succulent-like plant) and hold water well. Maybe that is one of the reasons it is easy to grow since it stores water for a while. But don’t let yours dry out until it droops because that kind of stress is hard on a plant. Water it well and empty the saucer after ten minutes or so as a safeguard against it standing in water. (If yours is outside, just tip the basket a little until it is no longer full.)

An Easy Houseplant or Hanging Basket - Swedish Ivy Care

Plectranthus is grown outdoors all year in USDA Zones 10a to 11b, so that is way out of my range in Ohio Zone 6. Currently mine is growing in a large ceramic pot (loving the cascade down this pot) and we keep it in the corner of the breakfast room near a window but not sitting in the direct light of the window.  Intense bright light can burn the leaves so be careful. But I think this houseplant is perfect for a bright area.

This plant is not an ivy, but I guess it gets its name from the vining habit. Leaves are glossy and have a curvy edge on an almost heart-shaped leaf. A really pretty plant.

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More Swedish Ivy Care and Propagation

Propagating this plant is so easy, new plants can be ready in a week. Just select a branch and snip it off with sharp pruners or if you accidentally break off a piece, just put that branch in a small container of water and new roots will form in a few days. You can root the branch directly into the soil (which I think is the best way). Add a touch of rooting hormone if you like.

Swedish Ivy Care and Propagation

My plant has bloomed in past years which was surprising. The small flower shapes look somewhat like a penstemon, it seems to me. These were white flowers. In hindsight, I should have taken a photo but I didn’t. Some say that the better the light, the more likely to flower, but you’ll need to be careful not to provide too much sunlight since the leaves could  get burned.

Enjoy your houseplants. I think they add a lot to a home. You will love the look of your houseplants when the outdoors become white and covered with snow. Yes, it will come soon. Don’t you think the year has gone by quickly?



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2 thoughts on “Simple & Easy Houseplant – Swedish Ivy Care

  • July 30, 2018 at 3:32 pm
    Pretty plant, it looks very happy :-) I have a number of strategies for sneaking in new houseplants. My husband gets the feeling the numbers are increasing but he can't specifically identify any new plants. Sometimes he'll ask me if one is new but he's always wrong. I hide larger new plants in rooms he doesn't really enter for a while, then move them around, and if he notices I can honestly say, "No I've had that one for quite a while, I've just moved it to a different spot, it needed more light." Smaller plants can be added to existing groups, he can't remember whether there were already four there or was it just three? Baby plants start out on the kitchen windowsill, there are always some there so he assumes they're the same ones. Confessions of a houseplant addict! Reply
    • July 30, 2018 at 4:03 pm
      Wow, you have a real system. I can take lessons from that. So funny! Reply

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