Prunning A Silver Fleece/ Silver Lace Vine ? - Knowledgebase Question

Hillsboro, OH
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Question by Beverly_2306
December 29, 2000
I have a silver fleece vine two years old,It's a very good grower, Do I cut it back some, all the way to the ground, or let it go with no trimming as I have.

I can find no information on trimming of this vine as to how is the correct way to do so?. In letting it go it has grown onto the house roof shingles, Will this damage the roof?.

PLease help me with this beautiful plant, It really is getting to look thick and uncontroleable at this point!.

I live in zone 5 planting, We can go below zero here. I await your response.

Answer from NGA
December 29, 2000
This is a potentially huge vine and it does become very heavy in the course of a season. It grows by wrapping itself around a support rather than with holdfasts or tendrils. If it wraps itself around a gutter, for instance, it could potentially pull it down with its sheer weight.

It will bloom on the new growth of the season, so you may trim it back as short as needed, with the shortest being about two or three feet tall, early each spring, if desired.

On the other hand, it is not necessary to trim it back at all if it is planted in an area where it may spread. Incidentally, thirty feet is not an unusual size for this vine.

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