I have very good luck with ivy in the house. I found an old tag in my gardening notebook and it says its Needlepoint Ivy. It looks like an English Ivy to me, but I’m not that good with the names of the plants yet.
A couple of times a year I cut the longer stems from the “parent” plants and just stick them in a vase or a Ball type glass canning jar. They’re pretty thirsty in the winter and it’s very dry here in Colorado so I have to check every couple of days to make sure there’s enough water.
Ivy seems to take months to root sufficiently to plant in a pot, but I always think it’s worth the time and effort. Two years ago I clipped, rooted, planted in a pot and at the end of the season planted them in the ground in a semi-shady area. Boy was I ever surprised and happy to see them come back the following spring! This was the best news and 2011 will be the third year I will continue the cycle.
Any time I can take an existing plant that thrives in the dirt and propagate more and more it’s a winner! It’s also nice to think of a special friends and give a small potted plant for their deck or to plant in their garden. It’s equally nice when I receive a plant that I don’t currently have and get to expand the variety of the flora and fauna here at home!