Angel ivy (Muehlenbeckia complexa) is also known as wire vine or maidenhair vine. The thin vine thrives to USDA zone 8, but it doesn't tolerate the hard frosts and cold winters in other climates. Light frost may kill back the vine but it quickly regrows from its roots. The vine wraps tightly around trellises and fencing as it climbs to a height of 16 feet or more, or you can grow them as a creeping groundcover. It tolerates most types of soil and makes a suitable climber or ground cover for shady areas of the landscape.

Step 1

Work a 1-inch layer of peat into the top six inches of the planting site. The peat improves drainage but avoid planting in areas prone to waterlogged conditions.

Step 2

Plant the angel ivy eight to 10 inches apart in all directions, setting the plants at the same depth they were growing at in their nursery pots. Plant the angel ivy in a single row along a trellis or fence if you prefer to grow it as an upright vine.

Step 3

Water the angel vines once every seven to 10 days, or when the top three inches of soil is almost dry to the touch. Irrigate until the top six inches of soil feels moist.

Step 4

Fertilize the vine annually in spring with a slow-release, 10-10-10 or 20-20-20 blend fertilizer. Apply one to two cups of fertilizer per 100 square feet of bed. Water the plants immediately following fertilization.

Step 5

Trim out dead vines as necessary to keep the planting attractive. Cut back overgrown vines by up to half their length with pruning shears, making the cuts near a leaf, to keep them at the desired size.