Sunny (full sun) to semi-shaded Position, and even in shade. Is not very fussy in terms of soils, but moist and nutrient rich soil will encourage growth and longer lasting foliage in autumn.
A strong twiner, and in fact one of the most vigorous climbers. Grows up to 8 metres per year. Stem development is considerable, hence overgrowing of downpipes, lightning conductors etc must be avoided, similar as for the Wisteria. Dense foliage mats, often cascading or trailing. New shoots from March / April, then, with good water provision and in a protected position, foliage will last until November.
From July until September continuously, with delicate panicles. Fruit rare.
- These (not always so obvious) knotty thickenings in the old wood give the plant its German common name
- At the back of a cubical multi-storey carpark, which has been embellished with a gable roof and a timber pergola to blend in with the historic district, both overgrown with silver lace vine on wire ropes.
- This silver lace vine is being supported by a lofty timber trellis
- An example of the vigorous growth: wire system 5040, shortly after planting.
- The same greening area as above, one year later....
Best sturdy and rigid rod-like growth supports designed for anticipated plant height and width. Lightning conductors, downpipes, eave gutters and the like are not to be reached by the plants, growth supports should have a distance of at least 1.5m to all such building structures and to the gutter, to the side as well as to the top. For suitable growth support systems see below. Only Heavy Duty Growth Support Systems, for pot plants Light and Medium Growth Support Systems are possible.
Vigorous pruning towards the end of winter usually benefits the silver lace vine.
Silver lace vine is to be planted only in areas which provide adequate space for its vigorous growth habit. If planted together with other climbing plants, it will strongly invade the other climbers and possibly crowd them out.
- Unpruned silver lace vine on wire mesh system in winter
- Due to its vigorous leaf growth, greening of entry gates with silver lace vine is only advisable under the right conditions (ie regular trimming)...
- Silver lace vine before clearing
- During a restoration, the growth on the gable to the right (see photo above) was removed, making the house look "orderly" again...
- A green roof of silver lace vine covers a wheelie bin area
- A whiff of sub-culture: silver lace vine overgrowing a pub of the trendy scene
- Silver lace vine camouflages 2 ventilation ducts. However, overgrowing of the eave gutter must be prevented.