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How to Prune a Silver Lace Vine

By Alexis Lawrence ; Updated September 21, 2017

Silver lace vines are easy-growing vines that can thrive in locations from full sun to shade, as long as the soil is kept moist and provides the vine with enough nutrients. The vines are incredibly fast growers, which climb vigorously, growing more than 20 feet during each growing season and covering a lot of ground quickly. Because of the vigorous growth, silver lace vines require regular pruning to keep them in check.

Train vines into a desired shape during the first few years of growth. After a vine has been continuously cut back into a specific growth pattern, the vines will begin to grow into that pattern.

Cut off any suckers that you do not want to grow. Suckers will spring up from the base of the plant and generally grow vertically. Trim the suckers all the way back to the base.

Remove any dead or diseased limbs from the vine. Limbs should also be removed if they are tangled around each other, if they are rubbing against each other or if they have visible damages, such as cuts or gashes.

Prune all limbs back to the healthy wood. Dead or diseased limbs will appear dark and unhealthy and the healthy wood will have some visible green.

Thin the ivy by removing some of the older, more mature limbs. Up to one-third of the limbs can be removed without any harm to the vine.

Do light pruning any time after the vine flowers. Dead limbs and suckers can be removed and limbs can be cut back if they get too long.

Cut the entire vine back to the ground to create new, vigorous growth in the coming season. This major pruning should be done in later winter or early spring during the vine’s dormant season.


Things You Will Need

  • Pruning shears

About the Author


Alexis Lawrence is a freelance writer, filmmaker and photographer with extensive experience in digital video, book publishing and graphic design. An avid traveler, Lawrence has visited at least 10 cities on each inhabitable continent. She has attended several universities and holds a Bachelor of Science in English.