Boston Ivy

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Ivy, Boston (Parthenocissus tricuspidata)
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The Boston Ivy is a tendril type growing vine. Meaning these climbers have thin, curling tendrils that coil around their supports. They have adhesive suckers or disks on the tips of their tendrils that stick to smooth surfaces such as walls. This is a splendid vine for covering any object as it clings perfectly to the smoothest surface. Can work on masonry such as stone, brick, any flat surface. It shows bright, glossy green foliage, which changes to bright tints of scarlet, crimson and orange in the fall. Plant this as a climber or groundcover in your landscape.

Planting & Care for Ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata) Vines

Preparation

  • This vine has small blue berries that birds like but are poisonous to humans.
  • Great fall color, red-win/burgundy color
  • Can be grown as a groundcover or climber.
  • This vine will grow on masonry such as brick and stone due to its tendril ends. Tendril means – these climbers have thin, curling tendrils that coil around their supports, whether it’s wire, betting or a trellis. They are modified organs that have adhesive suckers or disks on the tips of their tendrils that stick to smooth surfaces such as walls.
  • Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerates full shade and a wide range of soil and environmental conditions.

Opening Plant Material

  • Bare Root - Cut open the bundle (top and roots are tied) and separate all the plants. Soak roots in buckets of water until planted. Each plant type will be labeled separately for identification. Do not expose the roots to sun. They should never dry out. Keep roots covered. All bare-root plants must be trimmed when planted. 

Planting Bare Root

  • Plant Bare root in fall. A good indicator if you can still plant is if the ground is still workable you’re good to go. If a hard frost is expected be sure to hold off on planting.
  • Dig a hole at least 6" wider and the same depth as the root mass. The crown or graft of the plant should be slightly higher than ground level where it was grown at the nursery.
  • Trim off the broken roots and branches.
  • Place fertilizer packets in hole (if purchased). Do not place other fertilizers in the planting hole. *Use Our Recommended Fertilizer.
  • Spread the roots and fill halfway with soil, then water until soil settles completely saturating the soil and planting pit.
  • Re-adjust plant and fill the hole with the rest of the soil.
  • Back fill the balance of the soil and water well. 
  • See our link below “Handling & Planting Guidelines” for illustrations on planting.   

Pruning - After Planting

  • Bare Root - Prune ALL bare root plants to reduce transplant shock and ensure success. Pruning should occur either before or as soon after planting as possible. All pruning should be done with a sharp pruning shears.

Pruning - Through-out the Season

  • Most Parthenocissus species (P. quinquefolia), and Boston ivy (P. tricuspidata), wait until late winter to early spring to do radical pruning.
  • It must be trimmed regularly to keep it in bounds. It should be sited in areas where it will have room to expand and grow. It should not be grown up wood or shingle walls because the holdfasts are difficult to remove, can creep under shingles and will ruin the paint. If unchecked, vines can also attach to and seriously damage such objects as gutters, shutters or wiring around home and buildings.

Watering - After Planting

  • Plants typically take approximately 6 weeks to establish new roots in your soil. During this period, water plants as often as every 2-4 days at the start and at least a minimum of once per week.
  • Beyond the 6 week establishment period, water once per week, unless rains occur.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

Watering - Through-out the Season

  • After the first season, plants should only be watered during extended periods without rain.
  • Do not let honeysuckles suffer from prolonged lack of moisture. Water the plants thoroughly if the soil starts to dry out during long dry periods in the summer.
  • How do you know if your plants need water? The easiest way to tell is to touch the soil around the roots. If it is moist, there is no need to water. If it is dry, give it a good soaking with the hose end (no nozzle) watering the soil only, not the leaves.
  • Stick your finger into the soil around 3” to check soil moisture.

 

Go to our "Plant Features & Video Tab" for more information & tips on caring and maintaining this plant.

Handling & Planting Guidelines

Special Features & Videos for Ivy (Parthenocissus tricuspidata) Vines

Special Plant Features & Tips

  • This vine has small blue berries that birds like but are poisonous to humans.
  • Great fall color, red-win/burgundy color
  • Can be grown as a groundcover or climber
  • Will grow on masonry such as brick and stone due to its tendril ends. Tendril means – these climbers have thin, curling tendrils that coil around their supports, whether it’s wire, betting or a trellis. They are modified organs that have adhesive suckers or disks on the tips of their tendrils that stick to smooth surfaces such as walls.
  • Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerates full shade and a wide range of soil and environmental conditions.
  • Most Parthenocissus species (P. quinquefolia), and Boston ivy (P. tricuspidata), wait until late winter to early spring to do radical pruning.
  • It must be trimmed regularly to keep it in bounds. It should be sited in areas where it will have room to expand and grow. It should not be grown up wood or shingle walls because the holdfasts are difficult to remove, can creep under shingles and will ruin the paint. If unchecked, vines can also attach to and seriously damage such objects as gutters, shutters or wiring around home and buildings.
ItemApprox Weight (lbs.)Approx Base Dimensions (diameter)Approx Height
#7 Grow Bag 35-50 14-16" 5-8'
#10 Grow Bag 55-70 18" 6-8'
#15 Grow Bag 65-80 22" 6-10'
#20 Grow Bag 75-100 24" 8-12'
1 1/4" B&B 250-500 22" for single stems, 28" for multiple stems  8-11'
1 1/2" B&B 325-600 24" for single stems, 30" for multiple stems  10-12'
2" B&B 500-700 28" for single stems, 32" for multiple stems 10-14'
2 1/2" B&B 600-1000 30" for single stems, 36" for multiple stems 10-15'
3" B&B 850-1000 34"-36"  12-16'
3 1/2" B&B 1000 36"  12-18'
10' B&B 250 22"  10'
12' B&B 325 24"  12'
14' B&B 500 28" 14'
16' B&B 600 30"  16'
2' B&B 50 12-16"  2'
3' B&B 60-250 16-22"  3'
4' B&B 250 22-24" 4'
5' B&B 325 22-24"  5'
6' B&B 150-325 16-24" 6'
7' B&B 500-700 28-32"  7'
8' B&B 600-700 14-30"  8'
9' B&B 700 32"  9'
#3 container Less than 35  10" 10" 
#5 container 40 11" 10.5" 
#7 container 60 14" 12" 
#10 container 80 14" 14 
#20 container 160 19.5" 17" 
Bare Root varies, but always lighter no soil on roots varies depending on item

*Any items over 100 Ibs. or that are B&B can only be delivered by our trucks due to FedEx shipping weight restrictions. Our trusted trucks only deliver around a 100 miles radius from our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin. Any item you order can be picked-up at our corporate office in Waterloo, Wisconsin for free. See our estimated delivery schedule here

Growing Zones: 4-9

Bloom Time: June - July
Color: Blue, Green, Orange, Red
Plant Size: Climbing Vine (30-40 feet)
Flower Color: Green-white
Fall Color: Red-orange
Fruit: Blue (poisonous to humans)
Sunlight: Full Sun to Full Shade
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic, Dry
Low Maintenance: No
Deer Resistant: Yes
Attracts Butterflies: No
Attracts Bees: No
Attracts Birds: Yes
Edible: No
Native: No

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