Gold Child Ivy for Sale Online
Gold Child Ivy (Hedera helix 'gold child') is an evergreen climbing ivy with beautiful gold variegated foliage. Extremely ornamental, this plant does well when used as a ground cover and can also be placed indoors as a small houseplant. Gold Child Ivy won "Ivy of the Year" in 2008 from the Royal Horticultural Society.
This plant loves full shade and is best grown in well-drained, medium moisture, fertile soils. It has some drought tolerance but yields its best foliage when in moist soils. It can be a delicate plant in cool or windy climates and will require protection when needed. Keep an eye out for your Gold Child because it is susceptible to leaf spots, vine weevil, scale insects, aphids, and more pests and diseases. Also, this plant is toxic to pets and should be placed in a spot that they cannot reach it.
|Mature Height:||2 to 3 Feet|
|Mature Width:||8 to 12 Feet as a groundcover|
|Sunlight:||Full sun, partial sun, full shade|
|Spacing:||Plant 12 Inches apart when planting as a ground-cover|
|Foliage:||Variegated green and yellowish-gold|
|Soil Condition:||Well-draining, clay, loamy|
|Water Requirements:||Water well until established|
|Uses:||Extremely attractive when used as a groundcover or wall covering|
How to Care for Gold Child Ivy Plants
Before you buy a Gold Child English Ivy, make sure to read about the recommended care instructions to keep this plant happy and healthy!
How Much Sun Does My Gold Child Need?
Gold Child English Ivy likes a wide range of sun conditions. From full sun to full shade lover and everything in between. It is important to note that when in extremely hot conditions, this plant's gold variegation fades to a butter-yellow color. On the other hand, when grown in mostly shade, its variegation overall is not strong but is still apparent.
How do I water Gold Child Ivy?
When your plant is new, you should be watering it daily for a few weeks. After that, your watering schedule can adjust to every 2 or 3 days, depending on your climate and soil type. For example, clay soils hold moisture much longer than sandy soils, so expect to water more in sandy soils. Apply water directly to the root zone to ensure your plant soaks up the majority of the water it is given. If you water their foliage too frequently it could promote disease and mold on your plant's leaves.
What Soil Should I Use for My Gold Child Ivy?
This plant adapts well to most soil types. However, it thrives best in fertile, well-draining, rich soil. It is important to keep its soil moist at all times. This plant does have some drought tolerance, but if you want its foliage to be most vibrant, keep this plant in evenly moist soil. Any soil that is sandy or has clay in it is a great option. Chalky and loamy characteristics are what you should look for when picking out a good soil or location for your ivy plant.
How do I Prune My Gold Child English Ivy?
Gold Child is an ivy plant, which means it spreads fairly fast. This plant requires to be planted far apart from other plants to allow it to grow to its mature size. Pruning this plant when a part of an outdoor landscape, look for any dead or wilting foliage and carefully trim it off. Or if it is climbing too high, feel free to prune it back to your liking. When used as a houseplant, Gold Child is used best as a spillage plant because of its vining abilities. You can prune this plant to however big or small you prefer it to be in your space. Pruning will not negatively impact your plant as long as you do not prune during its growth dormancy period.