Silver lace, (Polygonum aubertii), is a quick-growing, prolific vine that can reach 25 to 30 feet, and will soon cover a fence, trellis, arbor or an unsightly brick or masonry wall with foliage that will turn from coppery red to bright green. Silver lace will bloom in mid-summer, blanketing the vine with a cloud of tiny, sweet-smelling, green or pinkish white flowers. If left alone to sprawl, the silver lace vine can also be grown as a ground cover. Propagate a silver lace vine by layering in springtime.
Bend the silver lace vine to the ground. The vine should be new growth, and should bend easily. Wound the area of the stem about 8 to 10 inches from the tip of the vine with your fingernail or the tip of a sharp knife. Cover the wounded section of the vine in powdered rooting hormone. Be sure the vine is damp so the powder will adhere.
Dig a hole where the wounded section of vine will come in contact with the ground. Fill the hole with dampened commercial potting soil.
Plant the wounded section of the vine in the hole, and cover the vine with a mound of soil. If necessary, weigh the vine down with a rock. Keep the ground moist.
Allow the silver lace vine to mature for several months, and plant the vine the following spring, as soon as the ground can be worked. Sever the new silver lace vine from the parent vine. Plant the new silver lace vine in full sunlight or partial shade, and keep the soil moist. Apply organic mulch such as bark chips or pine needles around the silver lace vine to conserve moisture and discourage weeds.