Russian vine is a rampant, deciduous, woody vine that produces a profusion of small white flowers in summer and fall. Hailing from Afghanistan, Pakistan and nearby surrounds in central Asia, it likes to spread via rhizomes, or its underground stems. This twiner has glossy, mid-green, heart-shaped leaves that have bronze tones when young. Showy masses of greenish-white flowers appear from late summer to fall, followed by pinkish-white fruit. It is deciduous in cooler regions, and can be evergreen and flower as early as spring in areas with mild winters.
Situate Russian vine in a sun to partial shade location. It tolerates all but the wettest soils and in very dry gardens it would do better in a soil that is deep and fertile, otherwise the nutritive value of soil does not need to be outstanding. It can become quite invasive (both in the garden and in nature) and may need severe pruning each winter to keep it in bounds or a large structure to support it. Russian vine is well suited for covering banks or extremely-strong pergolas or unsightly landscape features.
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Genus - Polygonum
Species - Aubertii
Common name - Silver Lace Vine
Pre-Treatment - Not-required, but recommended
Hardiness zones - 4 - 8
Height - 10'-80' / 3 - 24(30) m
Plant type - Vines and climbers
Vegetation type - Deciduous
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Clay, laom, Sand, well drained
Water requirements - Average Water
Landscape uses - Very fast growing vine
Bloom season - Late Summer, Early Fall
Leaf / Flower color - Green / White, Light Pink, Light Green
Seeds can be sown directly in to the moist soil and kept in warm light place. But the germination rate will be higher if short cold/moist stratification made (recommended).
1. Mix the seeds with the moist vermiculite or sterile sand in airtight bag. Keep at 39F (+2-+4C) for germination approximately for 2-4 weeks.
2. Check periodically - after the seeds sprouts, remove from the fridge and sow on the surface of moist soil. Cover lightly.
Keep in warm and bright place.
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