English Ivy - hanging or climbing?

vivid-dawn(5)July 21, 2013

I have decided that I want to get house plants for natural air purifying. I love the look of Ivy, but it's toxic to cats and Nebula likes to nibble (or chomp...totally ate my whole boston fern, and it was just a little nursery pot one!)

I am going to build a cage and have in it a Peace Lily, some Chrysanthemums and snake plants (all toxic to cats). I would like to have Ivy, but doing research it says it's a climbing vine. Yes they can be in hanging pots, but would that be not as good for them? Maybe the gravity of tugging them down all the time compromises proper root grow or something?

I could do without it, but if I do have it, want it to be as healthy as possible. I would have it hanging from the roof of my plant cage, because then it can be in the middle of the cage and out of reach of the cats. If it has to climb, I would need to put stakes in, as I don't want it near the edge of the wire mesh where little paws could go 'fishing' for a few leaves!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
sradleye

ivy - people keep this in hanging baskets all the time. from the plants point of view it would probably prefer something to climb on. I have two little cuttings I put in a pot with a makeshift chicken wire trellis, we'll see how that goes. ive also heard they are difficult to keep inside and attract spider mites.

cats- are a pain in the ass. in my experience they want to eat the peace lily but ignore the snake plants.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2013 at 2:44PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
rhizo_1 (North AL) zone 7

I think that most of us would discourage you from English Ivy. It is notiously difficult to grow inside and is a huge spider mite magnet when grown as a houseplant.

    Bookmark   July 21, 2013 at 2:46PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
vivid-dawn(5)

Ironically, Nebbie is the most well behaved of all my cats - isn't loud, doesn't go in the kitchen or on the office desk. But she's the sole reason I'm putting the plants in a cage at all! The other cats couldn't care less about them. And it might be just Boston Fern, cuz she did leave my African Violet alone (though I think it's she didn't like the fuzz on the leaves)

Anyhoo, I guess I'll skip the Ivy and let the Snake Plant be my "flowing" feature.

Thanks guys! :)

    Bookmark   July 21, 2013 at 4:26PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Fiddle Leaf Ficus brown edges, lighter color veins
I have the Fiddle Leaf Ficus for 2 years now. It was...
vlauz7b
Spider plant looking pale
I have a spider that plant that has started to look...
ptsourkas
Pachira browning
Hi, all! My Pachira needs help. The trunk is not soft...
deborahsab
Satus Update!
It was 52 degrees yesterday, and in my yard I found...
Rhamel(teengardener1888)
White bugs in saucer under spider plant
I found a pile of these small white bugs in the saucer...
Caitlin Maraist
Sponsored Products
Edenshire 14" High Brass Outdoor Wall Light
Lamps Plus
Regal Lion Lighted Wall Fountain with Light by Kenroy Home
Lamps Plus
DMX512 Pixel Decoder
EnvironmentalLights.com
Laura Ashley Lamp Shades Classic 17 in. Butter Yellow Empire Shade SFE817
$30.99 | Home Depot
Laura Ashley Coral Coast Blue/Gray Quilt Set - 200985
$98.33 | Hayneedle
Cream, Gold and Brass One Light Corissant Lamp
$718.20 | Bellacor
English Manor Smoke Blue Rectangular: 5 Ft. 7 x 7 Ft. 11 Rug
$719.20 | Bellacor
Laura Ashley Lamp Shades Austen 7 in. Floral Bell Clip Shade White SLL207
$20.75 | Home Depot
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™