Planting & Care of Silverlace Vine

Overview

Silver lace vine, or Polygonum aubertii, is commonly called Russian vine, fleece vine, silver fleece vine or silvervine fleeceflower. This deciduous vine grows quickly (up to 15 feet or more in one season) and is often used to create screens or borders. Native to China and Russia, silver lace vine grows best in USDA hardiness zones 4 to 8. Plant silver lace vine plants next to fences, trellises, arbors or some other type of support.

Step 1

Select a planting location for your silver lace vine that provides full sun to partial shade. Plan enough space if planting more than one, since one plant can spread up to 30 feet or more when mature.

Step 2

Dig a hole the same depth and at least two times the size of the container holding the silver lace vine. Place the plant in the hole, and backfill with soil.

Step 3

Saturate the soil with water to settle the plant in place and remove any air pockets. Supply 1 inch of water each week to the vine during the growing season, if rainfall is less.

Step 4

Cover the area around the silver lace vine with 3 to 4 inches of mulch to retain moisture and prevent weeds. Replace mulch annually.

Step 5

Use pruning shears to cut back the silver lace vine in early spring to stimulate growth, since this plant flowers on new growth. Remove any damaged, weak or diseased branches and trim to maintain size.

Step 6

Apply a standard fertilizer sparingly to the silver lace annually. Follow the directions on label for application guidelines.

Tips and Warnings

  • Silver lace vines are considered invasive in some areas.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Mulch
  • Pruning shears
  • Fertilizer

References

  • Texas A&M University: Silver Lace Vine
  • North Carolina State University: Vines: Polygonum Aubertii
  • University of Connecticut: Polygonum Aubertii
  • Michigan State University: Polygonum Aubertii-Silverlace Vine

Who Can Help

  • Backyard Gardener: Polygonum Aubertii
  • University of Illinois: Silver Fleece Vine, Silver Lace Vine
  • University of Georgia: Vines in Georgia
Keywords: Polygonum aubertii, plant silver lace, silver fleece vine

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