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Question: Ivy


dear expert
in the countryside I have a monumental ivy that is about 60 years old, and for about two years it has found its way even through a collateral but perimeter wall in tuff and every year it is shaved to zero so as not to get bigger and disrupt 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 of foliar type herbicide, focus on emergencies
thanks but with little hope
marcello

Answer: Ivy


Dear Marcello,
Thank you for contacting us about your Ivy questions.
The EDERA belongs to the Araliaceae family and in the genus Hedera which contains 15 different species of rustic, climbing and evergreen plants, among which the most common is the Hedera Helix.
It is characterized by having 2 types of branches. The YOUTH branches have aerial roots, which stick to each surface, and lobed leaves. The ADULT branches, which grow following the previous ones, are devoid of roots, have leaves with entire margins, and form flowers and fruits.
The Helix ivy is the most used to cover the 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 the ivy grown against the walls are shortened in the period of March and are pruned again during the summer to avoid and an excessive lengthening of the shoots up to roofs or gutters. The Adult branches are usually shortened in March and July to maintain the shape of the hedge.
To contain the growth of the plant, we recommend using a pruning technique that favors the formation of Adult branches compared to young (more intrusive) ones, and also to use poor nitrogen fertilizers 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.