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While ivy topiaries make  wonderful decorative additions to your home any time of year, they are especially popular for the Christmas season.  With a big red bow or accented with gold or silver garland, ivy topiaries are a traditional Yuletide gift.  Evergreen English ivy symbolized the promise of a return to “life” after the dark winter.   
English ivy is a very hardy plant in our part of the world, and can be used as a container plant outdoors in sun or shade.  Inside, ivy needs bright light (no direct mid-day sun), and is a little particular about its water needs.  Check the soil on a regular basis, to avoid severe drought, and be careful to avoid over-watering which can rot roots and stems.  Make sure indoor ivy has good drainage.  Fertilize indoor ivy during active growth, usually March through September, with a general purpose houseplant formula.
Ivy topiaries may consist of ivy trained on wire forms into geometric shapes or onto mossed animal forms such as rabbits, bears, or reindeer.  Well-made ivy topiary prices reflect the time and effort involved in creating them.  Smaller-leaved ivy cultivars are usually the choice for smaller forms, so that the integrity of the shape is maintained.  New growth can be pruned off, or wrapped onto the frame where needed.
If you choose to grow your own ivy topiary, be prepared for a long process, as ivy is slow to take off, and very long vines may be required to give good coverage to your form.  Once established, however, ivy grows very fast, and frequent maintenance will be required.  You can purchase a wire frame or make your own from wire coat-hangers (if you frequent a dry cleaner) or other sturdy wire.  Be sure to select a smaller-leaved cultivar from the more than 400 cultivars grown!
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