Boston Ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata) and Virginia Creeper (P. quinquefolia) are a regular sight 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 position in full sun or part shade with well drained soil.
  2. Enrich the soil with Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food. If the soil is clay based, add gypsum and fork in well. 
  3. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease the roots.
  4. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Form a raised ring around the plant, creating a well so that water will go where it’s needed most. Water in well. 
  5. Mulch with an organic mulch like woodchip or pea straw, keeping it away from the base of the plant.
  6. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  7. Feed with Yates Thrive All Purpose Granular Plant Food. TIP: for an added boost apply Yates Thrive Fish Blood & Bone Plant Food Concentrate.
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How to grow Boston Ivy in a pot

  1. Choose a large pot, at least 600mm wide.
  2. Choose a position in full sun or part shade and fill with quality potting mix, such as Yates Premium Potting Mix.
  3. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease the roots.
  4. Position in hole and backfill with potting mix, gently firming down.
  5. Water in well.
  6. Feed with Yates Thrive All Purpose Liquid Plant Food. TIP: for an added boost apply Yates Thrive Fish Blood & Bone Plant Food Concentrate.

Growing tips

  • Regular trimming and pruning is required to keep this plant under control and looking at its best.
     
  • Easily grown on walls, fences and pergolas.

  • Over pergolas provides shade in spring and summer, and sun during winter. 

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Recommended products

Yates Thrive All Purpose Liquid Plant Food

A liquid plant food suitable for most types of plants and provides balanced feeding to promote stronger, healthier growth and greener foliage. Feeds through the leaves and roots for fast results.

Yates Premium Potting Mix

A premium potting mix, ideal for all potted plants and shrubs, including ornamentals, fruit trees, vegies and herbs.