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Old 09-15-2013, 03:07 AM
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QuestionWhat Can you do With Ivy?


Sorry if this is the wrong place for this, but it seemed fitting cause it's indoor ivy.

Anyways.

I really love the look of a wall or another surface covered in (english?) Ivy, so I've been toying with replicating it inside my house.

The problem is, I'm fairly new to plants and I don't even know if it would be feasible or even wise. I was thinking of attaching something to the wall for it to latch onto and spread. One of my goals in life is to have a snake room, and when I finally have it I plan on stuffing it full of plants. An ivy wall would be really neat in there, even an ivy wall in a living room or bedroom would give the room such a lovely earthy feel.

But would I have to worry about excessive bugs (spiders, etc) or things being dirty? Would the ivy ruin the wall?

Any thoughts or input on this would be much appreciated c:
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Old 09-15-2013, 08:36 AM
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It would create moisture problems that could lead to rot if a whole wall were covered inside. Plus the weight of it would also cause damage to the wall. A small trellis or runner over the cabinets in the kitchen, even a stout curtain rod will support enough for a good indoor effect without the risk of structural damage.
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:34 AM
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Tess is very wise and has given you the best answer!
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Old 09-15-2013, 11:22 PM
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Ahh thank you. I thought there must be a catch to it. Thank you very much for your response! Glad I asked before I went out and tried to do it
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Old 09-16-2013, 06:29 AM
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You're welcome.
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It could be done with well framed lattice that was raised from the wall. Though, you'd see the best results with constant "training" of the ivy growth and would need to constantly maintain your project in order to prevent the plant from attempting to root itself into unwanted surfaces (like drywall). Its definitely doable with work, time & dedication, and if you appreciate the beauty of foliage ...the end result would be a wonderful reward.
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