Planting & Care of Silver Lace Vine


The silver lace vine is probably best known for its extremely fast growth; it's not uncommon for it to grow 15 to 20 feet in a single season. This deciduous plant is also known as Russian vine, Chinese fleece-flower and mile-a-minute vine. As a native plant to Russia and China, silver lace vine is hardy in USDA zones 4 through 8. Before planting a silver lace vine contact your nearest native plant society or your state's Department of Natural Resources to inquire if this vine is regarded as an invasive species in your area.

Step 1

Choose a planting site for the silver lace vine that is in full sun. The ideal location should also provide some sort of support for the vine, such as along a fence or near a trellis or arbor. Do not plant this vine near other vines or near trees or shrubs. Its rampant growth will usually choke out other vegetation.

Step 2

Cultivate a 2-square-foot section of soil in the planting site to help loosen and aerate the soil. You can use a garden fork, a pick or a spade to do this. Work the soil thoroughly to a depth of 12 to 16 inches.

Step 3

Dig a planting hole for the silver lace vine that is about twice the diameter of its planting pot and about 4 to 6 inches deeper.

Step 4

Mix into the soil you took out of the planting hole approximately 1/2 cubic foot of dehydrated compost, aged cow manure or other similar material.

Step 5

Scoop about 4 to 6 inches of the organic matter and garden soil mixture back into the hole.

Step 6

Remove the silver lace vine from its growing container. Flip the container upside down and while firmly grasping the top of its root system gently wiggle the container free from its root system.

Step 7

Plant the silver lace fine down into the planting hole. There should be enough soil in the bottom of the planting hole so that the vine is sitting at the same level in the hole as it was growing at in its container.

Step 8

Backfill the hole with soil until it's about half full. Tamp the soil down using your foot to eliminate any air pockets. Scoop more soil into the hole until it is filled.

Step 9

Pour approximately 1/4 cup of a water-soluble fertilizer plus root stimulator into a 2-gallon watering can. Fill the water can with water making sure the fertilizer is fully dissolved. Water the silver lace vine with 1 to 2 gallons of the solution. Plan on watering the silver lace vine about one to two times a week for the first two weeks after planting. Once the vine becomes established, in about 30 to 60 days, it will be very drought-tolerant.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden fork, a pick or a spade Soil amendment Starter solution 2-gallon watering can Pruning snips


  • Whatcom County Weed Control Board: Silver Lace Vine
  • University of Arkansas: Silver Lace Vine
  • Michigan State University: Overview on the Silver Lace Vine

Who Can Help

  • United States National Arboretum: Planting Zones
  • United States National Arboretum: Invasive Plants
Keywords: planting silverlace vines, silverlace vine planting, Chinese fleeceflower

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Katelyn Lynn has been writing health and wellness articles since 2007. Her work appears on various websites, including Lynn is a certified holistic health practitioner who specializes in orthomolecular medicine and preventative modalities. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in health sciences from TUI University.