How to Grow Clematis From Cuttings


The clematis plant is a hardy vine that produces showy flowers of many different colors and variations, over 250 named species. As a member of the buttercup, or the Ranunculaceae family, the clematis grows as a woody vine, extending its stem as a winding tendril. Cross-bred originally from stocks from Japan and China, today the clematis is a popular plant all over Europe and the United States. All types of the clematis are successful at rooting from cuttings as long as they have the proper growing conditions.

Difficulty: Moderate


Things You’ll Need:

  • Pruning shears
  • Cup
  • Rooting hormone
  • 8 oz. peat pots
  • Pencil
  • Sand
  • Peat moss
  • Plastic bag
  • Shovel
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Compost
  1. Take cuttings from established and healthy clematis in the late spring or early summer, or between May and June. Look for sections from the current season’s growth that have had a chance to harden off a little and are no longer tender.

  2. Cut off 4-inch-long sections from the end of a stem using a pair of pruning shears. Place the cutting directly into a cup of water.

  3. Place a tablespoon of powdered rooting hormone on a saucer to keep away any contaminants.

  4. Fill an 8-oz. peat pot with a rooting mixture made of 2 parts sand and 1 part dampened peat moss.

  5. Poke a 2-inch-deep hole in the center for the cutting using the back of a pencil.

  6. Remove any leaves from the bottom 2 inches of the cutting by pulling them off with your fingers.

  7. Roll the end of the cutting in the rooting hormone powder and tap gently over the saucer to remove the excess.

  8. Place the cutting directly into the hole in the peat pot and firm the soil in around the stem with your fingers.

  9. Moisten the planted clematis cutting with 4 oz. of water and let it drain.

  10. Place the peat pot into a plastic bag and close it off to create a humid environment for the cutting to root in.

  11. Keep the pot between 65 and 75 degrees F and in a sunny window for the next four to six weeks or until the cuttings resist a gentle tug.

  12. Remove the plastic covering and gently acclimate the cutting to the conditions outside, going from dappled shade to full sun over about a week.

  13. Water the new plant after the soil has a chance to dry out.

  14. Prepare a permanent location for the clematis with full sun, good drainage, no tree roots, and a neutral pH of 7 for the soil. Dig out the soil from the site 2 feet down, 3 feet wide and place in a wheelbarrow. Mix it with a 1/3 part of well-rotted compost and return to the hole.

  15. Set the rooted cutting in the prepared site, but sinking it down just below the surface level. Bury the peat pot as it will decompose and add to the soil.

  16. Water the area with a gallon of water to settle the soil.

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