Hedera helix ‘Tres Coupe’
The other ivy we do (Hedera canariensis) is the biggest leafed and most vigorous of all the ivies. This is the opposite. Slow growing with tiny little leaves form a beautifully tight little matt. It can grow as ground cover or climb up a wall. The nicest example we have is growing either side of some rustic steps in a woodland walk where the plant surrounds the steps and grows over the timber risers so all we have to do is keep the the steps clear. A strimmer can come in right handy sometimes.
As with all ivies – any old soil, including chalk but avoid too much sun. They all prefer shade. As with all plants like this, cut right back from time to time (once every other year?) in order to get rid of all the old dead stuff and replace with nice new fresh stuff. Mowers and strimmers are handy for this sort of job although properley, one should do it with your beautifully sharp and well maintained Okatsune Shears that we can provide…
Propagated by us from cuttings.
N.B. When clipping several plants with the same tool, have a bucket containing a 5% bleach solution and swish your blades around for 30 seconds between plants to sterilise them. This will help avoid the chance of cross contamination of disease.
As with all woody plants, plant high, exposing as much of the taper at the base of the trunk as possible. Allowing soil to accumulate round the base of a tree can be fatal. Keep very well watered when first planted.
Hardiness level Green