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Boston Ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata) and Virginia Creeper (P. quinquefolia) are a regular site on older cottage style houses or enclosed gardens. They are much loved for their soft, deciduous leaves that provide a brilliant display of colour in autumn as they fall. Great for walls, brickwork or fences or just to soften up those hard areas in the backyard.


How to grow boston ivy in a garden

  1. Choose a well drained spot in the garden that attracts full sun to part shade.
  2. Enrich the soil in the plating bed with some compost and Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser before planting.
  3. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots.
  4. Position in hole and backfill with soil, gently firming down. Form a raised or doughnut shaped ring of soil around the outer edge of the plant's root zone. This helps keep water where it's needed.  Always water in well after planting to settle the soil around the roots and keep the soil moist for several weeks while the new plant establishes.
  5. Mulch around the base with organic mulch like bark chips, sugarcane or pea straw, keeping it away from the base of the plant.
  6. Feed every 6 weeks with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.

     
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How to grow boston ivy in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 600mm wide. Position in full sun to part shade and fill with quality potting mix, such as Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter
  2. Remove the plant from the container, gently tease the roots.
  3. Position in hole and backfill with potting mix, gently firming down. Water in well.
  4. Feed every 6 weeks with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.

Growing tips

  • Regular trimming and pruning is required to keep this plant under control and looking at its best. 
  • Easily grown on walls and fences. 
  • Creates lovely effects on brickwork in summer and winter.

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