How to Plant a Silver Lace Vine

Overview

The silver lace vine is a drought-tolerant, hardy vine that grows well in USDA zones 4 through 8. Because of the plant's adaptability, it is a popular ground cover in hot locations where other plants will not easily grow. However, the vine can become invasive, crowding out weaker plants. Many states classify silver lace vine as a noxious weed. The plant can be propagated through stem cuttings.

Step 1

Time your propagation for early spring before the silver lace vine produces buds.

Step 2

Select a section of vine (vine whip) that is approximately 6 inches in length. The vine should be healthy with no physical defects. Prune the vine near the point where a leaf emerges (the node). You should also remove any flower buds that are forming.

Step 3

Fill a 6-inch container with peat moss and water until the moss is as damp as a newly wrung-out sponge.

Step 4

Remove all leaves from the nodes on the lower 2/3 of the vine.

Step 5

Dip the vine in the rooting hormone. Insert the vine into the peat moss 2/3 of the way.

Step 6

Place a plastic freezer bag over the container to hold in moisture. Set the plant in indirect sunlight near a sunny windowsill. Check the plant daily and water by setting the container in a bowl of water.

Step 7

Remove the freezer bag once roots develop. Allow the vine to grow in size before planting.

Step 8

Take the vine's container outdoors during daylight hours to harden it off.

Step 9

Select a location for your silver lace vine that is in a partially sunny location. Dig a hole for the plant that is slightly larger than the plant's root ball. Place the root ball into the planting hole and cover with dirt. Water until plant is established. Soil should remain as damp as a wrung-out sponge.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Silver lace vine
  • 6-inch container
  • Peat moss
  • Rooting hormone
  • Plastic freezer bag
  • Shovel
  • Garden hose

References

  • NC State University Extension: Plant Propagation by Stem Cuttings: Instructions for the Home Gardener
  • Texas A&M University Extension: Silver Lace Vine, Russian Vine
  • Utah State University: The Vines that Ate Utah

Who Can Help

  • NC State University Extension: Polygonum Aubertii
Keywords: hardy groundcover, growing silver lace vines, stem cuttings

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Tracy S. Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published two novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World."