BOSTON IVY SEEDS , Fast Growing Vine/Climber !
Zones: 4 to 8
Grows to: 60 ft.
Vigorous climbing vine. Will cover bare slopes or climb into trees. Good red-orange fall color.
How To Start These Seeds:
Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: Cold stratify for 60 days
Germination: Can be sown outdoors in the fall for spring germination, sow seed 3/8 inch deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed, keep moist
Other: An alternate treatment is to bury the seed in snow for 50 days
Seed Count Per Packet:
This packet contains 40 hand-sorted, high-quality seeds.
If refrigerated upon receipt, these seeds can be stored for up to a year before you decide to use them.
Boston ivy is actually a native of China and Japan. An attractive vining plant, its glossy green leaves become red or purplish in autumn. The vine is named after the city where it's widely cultivated to decorate buildings. In particular, Boston ivy is known for gracing the Ivy League colleges. Planting ivy at the right time of year gives it a healthy start.
This vigorous perennial vine is commonly found on the walls of brick buildings through out New England. The âIvy Leagueâ refers to the Boston ivy vines often found on buildings at Harvard, Yale and Dartmouth colleges. The vines can eventually cover walls adhering to wood, wire, masonry and stone with their sucker disc or holdfasts. They donât need any other support. The green vines produce insignificant flowers in early summer followed by black berries that birds enjoy. However, itâs the fall color that is most important. The leaves turn a red, orange, purple, or yellow color brightening up entire buildings with an autumn show. This deciduous vine can also be used as a ground cover to provide erosion control on slopes.
Boston ivy is hardy up to USDA hardiness zone 4 and grows in a variety of soils, from light sand to heavy clay, as long as the site is well drained. Boston ivy grows best in full sunlight and tolerates some light shade. However, it will not survive in full shade. Select the planting site carefully, taking note of nearby buildings and plants. As it matures, Boston ivy grows as high as 50 feet, climbing up buildings and available support structures, including trees.
Boston ivy should be well watered when planted, but is drought tolerant once established. Mulch to conserve soil moisture and prevent weed growth. Boston ivy doesnât need additional fertilization