A Pot of Love: Plant a Heart of Ivy!

“There is no remedy for love but to love more.” -Henry David Thoreau

Last year, after our last Balcony Girl’s group met for the last time for the school year, one of my darling girls dropped off this beautiful pot at my front doorstep.

I loved it and asked her mother if they’d share with me how to make it.

Festive and FUN for Valentine’s Day; a lovely gift for someone you really care about!

1. Find a good patch of ivy, where you can trim off vines. Trim off the longest vines you can find.

2. Put trimmed vines into a jar of water to root.

3. Put potting soil in a decorative pot with saucer.

4. Shape wire hanger into a heart or other desired shape.

5. Poke hanger shape into soil, so that it is well anchored.

6. Plant rooted vines on either side of hanger and tamp down well. Look at the vine to see if it has a natural curve to it. Plant it accordingly, so that the vine will easily grow along the wire shape.

7. Wind ivy around hanger, and water.

8. Water a little bit daily and use fertilizer once per week. Ivy doesn’t like to be soggy but it doesn’t like to dry out either!

Will you be doing anything special for a neighbor, family member or friend this weekend?

Don’t forget that hospitality can be as simple as a hello, a hug, or a leftover piece of cake! :)

9 comments on “A Pot of Love: Plant a Heart of Ivy!”

  1. What a sweet gift from your young friend! I have done this with ivy (though I don’t have the best of luck with ivy…it is me, not them) and I had good luck using a scented geranium as well (lemon scented I think). I was so proud of my geranium heart…left it with my Mother while we went on an extended trip and sadly it was not longer alive when we returned. Your post has inspired me to start over! Happy Weekend!

  2. That’s a great idea…I had an ivy literally fall into my balcony last year, from some neighbors living upstairs, but when I asked all my neighbors, nobody owned it.
    So I kept it, it was unhealthy and very thirsty (maybe an attempted suicide??) but I took good care of it and now it’s a very happy ivy. I’m sure this arrangement with the wires will be fantastic. Thank you : )

  3. What a lovely green gift this can be for Valentine’s Day. I am late for this Valentine’s but I will definitely work on this for my hubby’s birthday in June. Thanks for sharing such a lovely idea.
    Greetings from India :)

  4. I really liked your idea! Very beautiful!
    I wanted to also thank you for your WONDERFUL book you wrote!
    I got it last week and have been savoring each page!
    Seventeen years ago, I was a wide-eyed newlywed who married a
    sweet & fun-loving husband who couldn’t wait to have lots of people over.
    Like you, I have slowly learned how to entertain by trial and error.
    Now, four children and lots of company later, I really feel comfort-
    able opening my home.
    In the last several years, I have now been asked to come along side
    new brides as they journey the path I once treaded
    (can’t believe how time passes so quickly!).
    Your book is really what I have been looking for as a
    tangible tool to give them.
    Thank you so much for your transparency and wisdom you have
    shared on your wonderful blog and book.

    May the Lord bless you as you journey with HIM.

    Malinda in Colorado

  5. Sweet gift…I love it when I hear of young girls being refined by their Mothers & mentor
    & taught such wonderful grace.

  6. I love this idea and have enjoyed reading previous posts as well.

    I wrote a review for your book at my book blog. It’s a beautiful, encouraging book and one that will definitely go on my gift-giving list of ideas.



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  8. This is a cute idea & a gift that costs nothing if you use a pot you already have around. I’m going to do it! Also, thanks for the reminder to start rooting some of my ivy shoots to include in my spring/summer flower pots for the deck.

  9. What a neat idea. We moved 2 months ago and I have yet to meet any of our neighbors. My whole family has met 2 or 3 of our neighbors but I guess I was in cleaning the house or something every time they came over. LOL!
    I need to stand out in my front yard and wave a sign or something. “HEY, Come meet your neighbor! I have Ivy plants and everything!” LOL!
    Have a fabulous day my friend.

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