Planting and Care of Silver Lace Vine

Overview

The silver lace vine (Polygonum aubertii) can grow up to 15 feet in one season. A deciduous vine, it produces slender white panicles of fragrant white flowers during the summer. Foliage emerges a reddish bronze but quickly turns brilliant green. The vine grows from rhizomes that spread rapidly. It tolerates a wide range of soil conditions and can easily withstand drought once established. The vine grows well in USDA zones 4 to 8, according to North Carolina State University.

Step 1

Choose a planting location in full sunlight to partial shade. Make sure there is adequate climbing room for the vigorous vine. It can attain a height up 30 to 40 feet with ease. A sturdy trellis, fence line, sloping landscape or other climbing location is required. The vine climbs by twining, so avoid planting near trees or other shrubs that the vine can quickly choke to death.

Step 2

Dig a hole that is twice as large as the vine's root system. The silver lace vine tolerates a wide range of soils that are well-draining.

Step 3

Place the vine into the planting hole and tamp down the soil around its root system. Water the vine thoroughly. Keep the soil moist but not water-logged while the vine establishes itself.

Step 4

Fertilize once during the summer months using a well-balanced 12-12-12 fertilizer. Apply according to the directions on the label. Water the fertilizer into the soil thoroughly.

Step 5

Cut the silver lace vine back to the ground after the first hard frost in areas with harsh winters, which quickly kill the vine's stems. In mild areas, the vine does not die back to the ground during the winter. Spring pruning can help control the vine's rapid growth.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Fertilizer

References

  • North Carolina State University: Polygonum Aubertii
  • University of Connecticut: Polygonum Aubertii
  • Doug Green's Beginner Gardening: Growing Silver Lace Vine
  • Backyard Gardener: Polygonum Aubertii

Who Can Help

  • USDA: Taxon: Polygonum Aubertii
Keywords: silver lace vine, growing silver lace, Polygonum aubertii

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Kimberly Sharpe is a freelance writer with a diverse background. She has worked as a Web writer for the past four years. She writes extensively for Associated Content where she is both a featured home improvement contributor (with special emphasis on gardening) and a parenting contributor. She also writes for Helium. She has worked professionally in the animal care and gardening fields.