Question: Ivy

dear expert

in the countryside I have a monumental ivy which is about 60 years old, for about two years it has also found its way through a collateral but perimeter wall in tuff and every year it is shaved to zero so as not to enlarge and ruin the artifact.

I would like to know if this is the only solution or if there is a way to keep these emergencies at bay from the wall in a more radical way with chemical preparations like foliar herbicide, focus on emergencies

thanks but with little hope


Answer: Ivy

Dear Marcello,

Thank you for contacting us regarding your Ivy questions.

IVY belongs to the Araliacee family and in the Hedera genus which includes 15 different species of rustic, climbing and evergreen plants, the most common of which is Hedera Helix.

It is characterized by having 2 types of branches. The YOUNG branches are equipped with aerial roots, which attach themselves to any surface, and with lobed leaves. The ADULT branches, which grow after the previous ones, are rootless, have full-edged leaves, and form flowers and fruits.

The Helix ivy is the most used to cover walls, it has glossy leaves of an intense green color, often characterized by silver colored spots. It produces small black fruits, poisonous to humans but commonly eaten by birds.

It adapts to all types of terrain, requires illuminated areas but not direct light. Generally, ivy grown against the walls are shortened in the period of March and pruned again during the summer to avoid excessive elongation of the shoots up to roofs or gutters. Adult branches are usually shortened in March and July to keep the shape of the hedge regular.

To contain the development of the plant, we recommend that you adopt a pruning technique that favors the formation of adult branches over young (more intrusive), and also to use fertilizers poor in nitrogen that stimulate the vegetative growth of the shoots. We do not recommend the use of herbicides in order not to damage the root system of the plant which could compromise its future vitality.

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