This ground cover will grow best in partial shade to partial sun. Its color contrast will be strongest in a location with ample indirect light, but it can be grown in shady areas and beneath trees also. Avoid full sun to avoid the leaves getting crisped in summer. If the location is too shady, Algerian ivy may scramble quickly to get a bit more light.
Algerian ivy can be grown in almost any soil with decent drainage, but it does best in moderately moist soil.
This ivy is drought tolerant, but in warmer zones, it should be grown where it won't dry out in full sun. It doesn't generally need extra watering, but some gardeners find the colors are more vibrant if it has steady moisture. During an unusually dry spring, regular watering will help generate spring growth sooner.
Other than being planted in its recommended hardiness zones, there are no temperature requirements for Algerian ivy. If your area has harsh winters, you will want to plant it where it will have some shelter from strong or drying winds or places where runoff and freezing could cause it to be encased in ice for long periods of time.
The vine is semi-woody and responds well to pruning. It can be pruned back heavily in late winter before new spring growth starts; new leaves tend to be very light green. Remove dead or damaged leaves by cutting with small pruning shears or scissors. The "runners" put out by the plant can be pruned back to prevent it from spreading too fast or into unwanted areas.
Propagate with semi-hardwood cuttings of the vines in late summer. You may try getting it to grow roots by submerging in water for a few days, or simply plant directly in potting medium and keep well watered. Grow cuttings in containers and plant outdoors the following spring after frost danger has passed.
While the easiest method of propagation is to use cuttings, Algerian ivy, like most varieties of ivy, can be grown from seed. Keep the seeds in the refrigerator for 30 to 60 days. This process, called cold stratification, prepares the seeds for germination. Then soak the seeds overnight in a bowl of room-temperature water; this will accelerate the germination process. You can then plant the seeds in a tray filled with potting mix; press them lightly into the surface. Keep moist with a sprayer but don't soak them. They should germinate within a few days.
Most ivy does well in containers, but it can outgrow them and start to look messy fairly quickly, so be sure to keep it pruned and transfer to a larger container when the roots get crowded. Watering before and after repotting helps cut back on shock to the plant.
Growing Algerian ivy in containers outdoors is possible if you can avoid the soil getting frozen solid which can lead to root rot. The best way to avoid this if your plants are in an area where the temperature frequently dips below freezing in winter is to have the plants next to a building or wall (especially stone or brick) where some radiant warmth will help prevent freezing. Putting them in a sunny spot for the winter will also help. Also, locate them away from a spot where gutter water or other runoff from melting ice won't cause undue moisture in winter. Remember, container gardens are like a tiny microclimate: Soil will dry out faster, warm up faster, and freeze faster.
Algerian ivy is surely an equal opportunist when it comes to the pests and diseases it attracts, and it attracts them all: aphids, loopers, mealybugs, scale, mites, canker, leaf spots, powdery mildew, and stem rot. That's a whole lot of trouble, but don't let it worry you too much as these are easy problems to get rid of.
Pest control is quickly remedied with insecticidal soap or neem oil.Leaf spots are bacterial and can be treated by trimming away diseased foliage and spraying what's left with copper soap. Powdery mildew and stem rot come from fungi and can be remedied with antifungal treatments such as sulfur spray. If this doesn't work, you may need to repot ivy in pots, with sterile soil, and be sure you don't overwater.