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How to Propagate a Silver Lace Vine

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How to Propagate a Silver Lace Vine

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Overview

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.

Step 1

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.

Step 2

Dig a hole where the wounded section of vine will come in contact with the ground. Fill the hole with dampened commercial potting soil.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

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.

Tips and Warnings

  • Call your local Cooperative Extension office before propagating a silver lace vine. Silver lace vine is a prolific grower that can be difficult to control, and is considered to be a noxious weed in some states. To locate a Cooperative Extension office in your area, see the link in Resources. Always wear rubber gloves when working with powdered rooting hormone, and follow the directions carefully.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp knife
  • Powdered rooting hormone
  • Shovel
  • Commercial potting soil
  • Rock
  • Organic mulch

References

  • Whatcom County Noxious Weed Control Board: Silver Lace Vine
  • New Mexico State University: Propagating Silverlace Vine and Honeysuckle
  • University of Georgia Extension: Vines in Georgia

Who Can Help

  • United States Department of Agriculture: Cooperative Extension System Offices
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About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.