The Q&A Archives: Silver Lace vine doing poorly

Question: Our three year old silver lace vine looks like it is dying, we can find no reason why. It is about 25-30 feet tall, gets plenty of water, sun and shade, has done well here until this year, very sparse leaves that turned yellowish early, bloomed (sparsly) very early (June instead of usual August), bottom ten feet have no leaves. It gets plenty of water, sun and shade, miracle grow, nothing is eating it. Should we try cutting it back? Thank you for any help.

Answer: Silver Lace Vine responds well to severe pruning in the spring. By cutting it back to nearly ground level you'll encourage new growth, which will have healthy new foliage. It isn't unusual for unpruned vines to become leggy and produce new leaves only at the tips of the stems. Wait until next spring and prune your vine back. I know it sounds barbaric, but if you prune it all the way back, it will respond beautifully with lots of new shoots. Enjoy your garden!

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