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How to Grow Silver Lace Vine

By Kim Hoyum ; Updated September 21, 2017

Silver lace vine is one of the fastest-growing vines around, so with the right conditions, anyone should be able to grow it easily. Its Latin name is Polygonum aubertii, and it is often chosen for its beautiful white, lacy flowers. It can grow just about anywhere, and will shoot up on a trellis, growing even more quickly. A great plant for beginners or ornamental gardeners, silver lace vine does best in USDA cold hardiness zones 4 to 6 and can grow 20 feet in a typical growing season.

Choose a good location. This vine will compete with other vines and win, so it should be placed away from vines you want to keep thriving. It likes a full sun location, but will tolerate partial shade, and will just grow a little less strongly. It grows well on walls and archways, as well as trellises or gazebos.

Check the soil. Silver lace vine isn’t fussy about its soil requirements, but to give a young vine a good start, choose a well-drained location rather than a wet one. It will grow in fairly dry soils once it is established.

Give it a strong support. Place a strong stake, pole or trellis for the vine to climb as it grows. The vine is strong, so it needs a sturdy support if you want to keep it from climbing all across your yard. Train the vine as it grows if you want to shape it around an arch or pillar.

Watch for creepers. Silver lace vine reproduces from shoots and cuttings very easily, and it also sends up underground shoots that can travel quickly across your yard. To prevent this, mulch around the base of the vine once it is big enough, which should help keep creepers down. If they do pop up, pull them up or cut them off with the blade of a hoe.

Winter the vine. Add plenty of mulch around the base of the vine to help it overwinter. In colder areas like zone 4, it may die altogether in the winter, so you need to keep cuttings indoors if you want to guarantee its survival. In warmer zones, you may want to prune it back severely in the winter to keep it from overtaking the area, but it should survive otherwise.


Things You Will Need

  • Silver lace vine start
  • Trellis or other support
  • Mulch
  • Garden hoe

About the Author


Kim Hoyum is a Michigan-based freelance writer. She has been a proofreader, writer, reporter and editor at monthly, weekly and daily publications for five years. She has a Bachelor of Science in writing and minor in journalism from Northern Michigan University.