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Swedish Ivy Care And Propagation

Published on July 10th 2020

by Kyra_Sian. All rights reserved

Swedish Ivy
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Here’s a fast growing, easy to care for plant that will boost your confidence and turn you into a propagation pro in no time.
Swedish Ivy (Plectranthus verticillatus) is making a comeback here in the U.S., and for good reason. It is fast growing, seemingly eager to propagate and it’s bright green scallop-edged foliage looks just darling tumbling over shelves, plus those delicate white flowers are always a pleasant surprise.

How do you care for Swedish Ivy plant?

Light: If you're wondering, does Swedish Ivy like sun? The answer is sort of. Bright indirect light is preferred, especially if you are hoping to see it flower. A tiny bit of direct light is fine too, but be sure to watch for burning or darkening of the leaves.
Soil: A basic, well-draining potting soil is great for this plant. It wouldn’t mind a little extra drainage in the form of perlite or vermiculite if you have some to hand.
Water: How often do you water Swedish Ivy? If you want to keep it alive, you'll allow the soil to dry out between watering. Persistently soggy soil can lead to root rot and the death of the plant. If the leaves begin to wilt and look a little lighter in colour, you know it's time to give them a good soaking.
A close up of a Swedish Ivy flower
Fertilizer: Because they are fast growers, you’ll want to give them a well-balanced fertilizer throughout the growing season. In Spring and summer, use a diluted fertilizer every 2 weeks. Reduce this to monthly after that, so long as they are growing.
Repotting/Trimming: Swedish Ivy don’t mind being a little root bound. However, if the roots start poking out of the bottom, it’s likely time to pot them on. The general rule of thumb is to shift to a pot around two inches larger than the original. Pinch off or trim the ends after the flowering period to keep this vining plant from looking too leggy.


By far, the easiest and most fun way to create more Swedish Ivy is to water propagate. Take as many stem cuttings as you would like, keeping in mind the more you have, the fuller your new plant will look after potting up. This trim is also going to trigger new growth for your mother plant, giving it a fuller look as well.
A hand holding a Swedish Ivy stem
Depending on the length of the original stem, multiple cuttings can be created from one stem but we'd aim for 4-5-inch sections.
Swedish Ivy will root from almost anywhere as it has many nodes growing along the stem. Ensure stem cuttings have some leaves, except on the section you'll be placing under water.
Loosely tie prepared cuttings into a bundle to make repotting later on easier. Place the cutting bundle in water and wait. The good news? You won’t be waiting long. Swedish Ivy begins to root in as little as 24 hours. If yours is taking longer, don’t despair.
A pot of Swedish Ivy on a shelf
Keep the water fresh, replacing it weekly at the very minimum. Medium light will suffice while it is rooting in water. Once your new roots are about 1-2 inches long, it is time to plant them up in some fresh soil.
Pot them in a small size pot with good drainage and gradually increase the pot size as your plant becomes root bound. And then repeat!

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