I eventually planted the ivy in a pot and hung it from the ceiling with one of those macrame plant hangers so popular in the sixties and seventies. The plant moved with us to our first home with that one son and one on the way and then four years later to our second home (with 3 sons) 33 years ago. Who knows in the future where that plant may finally live and whether or not it will ever be in a home in Rockport or elsewhere. The ivy remained in the same hanging basket for many years. When our oldest son left for college I rooted some of the ivy in water and then planted it in a pot for him. I am not sure of what became of that little plant. I guess that it died. However, after he moved to Los Angeles to get his masters degree at USC, we drove one year to visit him and to take some of his belongings to him. I took a hanging basket with an ivy plant from cuttings from the old one again as a little gift. I recall being concerned that I had this plant on the floor of the car when we had to stop at a fruit and plant inspection point when entering California but it did not prove to be a problem. When our other two sons left home to attend UT, I sent with each one of them a potted ivy taken from what I now call the Mother Plant. At some point in time, I made such a mess of the cuttings that I finally rerooted the whole plant into a smaller pot and bought a different type of ivy for the old hanging basket. The old Mother Plant Ivy now sits in a dining room window and it is thriving. I looked online to see what was said about very old houseplants and it appears that there are plants that have lasted for generations in families.
Recently my youngest son and his family moved back to Houston after living in Seattle for a year. He emailed me from where he works now and asked if I could give him an ivy plant in a pot for his office. (I knew he meant from the original one) He said he does not recall what happened to the other one but I am sure it probably died eventually as many plants do. It amazes me that the mother plant is still around and that I can do this for him as a special gift. I know that my original ivy plant that I received so many many years ago will probably outlive me and, hopefully, will be around for generations to come. Now, if that darn Cocker Spaniel we had early on in our marriage had not decided to chew up a beautiful rubber plant...
by Sherrill Pool Elizondo