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How to Pollinate English Ivy Plant:
Increase Your Yield

Updated: June 12, 2022

English ivy is a popular houseplant that requires little maintenance and adds greenery to any living space. However, if you want to increase the yield of your English ivy plant, pollination is essential. In this article, we will discuss how to pollinate English ivy plants effectively.

Why is Pollination Important for English Ivy Plants?

Pollination is the process of transferring pollen from the male reproductive organ to the female reproductive organ of a plant. This process is crucial for plants to produce seeds and fruits. For English ivy plants, pollination will help increase the yield of flowers and fruits.

When an English ivy plant is pollinated, it produces berries that contain seeds. These seeds can be used to propagate new plants or to grow more English ivy plants. Pollination also helps the plant produce more leaves and vines.

How to Pollinate English Ivy Plants

There are two main ways to pollinate English ivy plants: manually or naturally.

Manual Pollination

Manual pollination involves using a small brush or cotton swab to transfer pollen from the male flower to the female flower. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Identify the male and female flowers. The male flowers have longer stems and are usually located near the center of the plant. The female flowers have shorter stems and are located on the outer edges of the plant.

  2. Gently brush or dab the male flower’s stamen with a small brush or cotton swab.

  3. Transfer the pollen to the stigma of the female flower. Be sure to avoid touching any other part of the flower while doing this.

  4. Repeat this process for each flower on your English ivy plant.

Natural Pollination

If you prefer not to manually pollinate your English ivy plant, natural pollination is another option. To allow for natural pollination, you’ll need to place your English ivy plant outside, where it can be pollinated by bees or other insects.

Be sure to choose a spot that is sheltered from the wind, and make sure that the temperature is above 50°F. Bees and other insects are more active in warmer temperatures.

Tips for Successful Pollination

Here are some tips to help ensure successful pollination:

  • Water your English ivy plant regularly. A well-hydrated plant is more likely to produce flowers and fruit.

  • Fertilize your English ivy plant with a balanced fertilizer every six months. This will help promote healthy growth and increase the likelihood of flowers and fruits.

  • Monitor your plant for pests and diseases. Pests and diseases can damage the flowers and prevent pollination from occurring.

  • Avoid over-pruning your English ivy plant. Pruning too much can reduce the number of flowers on the plant.


How long does it take for English ivy to produce berries?

It takes about six months for an English ivy plant to produce berries after pollination.

Can I grow a new English ivy plant from a berry?

Yes, you can grow a new English ivy plant from a berry. To do this, remove the seeds from the berry and plant them in soil. Keep the soil moist and wait for the seedlings to sprout.

How often should I water my English ivy plant?

Water your English ivy plant once a week, or whenever the soil feels dry to the touch. Avoid over-watering, as this can cause root rot.