How to Train Silver Lace Vine


If your summer garden goal is a foaming mass of white flowers on a trellis, you can find no plant more willing to oblige than the silver lace vine. The vine--also known as the silver fleece vine, silver fleece flower or Polygonum aubertii--grows with enthusiasm, reaching up to 20 feet in a season. The small, oval, green leaves are decorative even before the vine blooms. The vine cannot boast showy color in autumn when it simply loses its leaves, and in winter it is nothing but a mass of brown twigs. Come spring and summer it is again a wonderful garden decoration.

Step 1

Select a strong trellis or chain-link fence in your garden that you want to cover with the silver lace vine. Choose a planting site near the base of the trellis or fence.

Step 2

Dig a planting hole with your shovel, deeper and wider than the root ball of the vine. Mix one part of compost to three parts of soil. Refill the planting hole with the soil mixture, placing the root ball gently and firmly in the hole so that the top of the root ball is at ground level. Water the vine well with your hose and press hard on the damp soil to ensure contact between the soil and the roots of the vine.

Step 3

Weave the vine tendrils horizontally across the trellis or chain-link fence. The silver lace vine twines and wraps itself around available supports.

Step 4

Encourage the tendrils to continue horizontally as they grow, with a gradual tendency upward. It the tendrils shoot vertically, unwind them and rewind them in the proper direction.

Step 5

Turn the tendrils in the opposite horizontal direction once they reach the end of the trellis. Weave them across the structure, and then back again, until it is covered.

Step 6

Avoid cutting the vine back once it reaches the top of the structure. Weave the loose tendrils from the top and direct them back down the trellis or fence.

Tips and Warnings

  • Silver lace vine is vulnerable to Japanese beetles. The vine is considered invasive in Connecticut and should be watched carefully in similar climates.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Hose
  • Trellis
  • Chain-link fence
  • Wire


  • University of Connectictut: Polygonum aubertii
  • University of Missouri Extension; Ornamental Vines
  • Louisiana State Agriculture Center; Train Your Vines to Be Well Behaved

Who Can Help

  • National Gardening Association
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About this Author

Daffodil Planter's writing appears in the Chicago Sun-Times, and she is the Sacramento Gardening Scene Examiner for A member of the Garden Writers Association, she has a bachelor's degree from Stanford, a law degree from the University of Virginia and studies horticulture at Sierra College.