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Clematis cutting - how do I make it survive inside in a pot?

kasjkkasjk Posts: 137
I took a clematis cutting (summer snow) last year and it took a while to root so didn't have enough time to plant it outside in the garden to get established before it got quite cold. I have kept it in a pot in the house but not sure if it'll survive. When should I expect to see new growth? I've tugged at it gently and there's a definite root system there but the little stem is brown just like the stems on clematis outside in the garden. Any good tips on how to make it survive the winter?


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,299
    it needs somewhere cooler than a house, clems are hardy plants. But putting outside now it's grown soft wouldn't be a good plan. have you got a room with no heating or a cool porch maybe?

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • kasjkkasjk Posts: 137
    Hi nutcutlet,

    Yes, I do! I can put it in the cellar, on the windowsill, lots of light but cool. Thanks for your reply.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,299
    that sounds good kasjk :) 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,955
    Keep it potted for a couple of years before planting out too - a cutting taken last year will struggle if planted out this year.
    Let it get a bit bigger, pot it on into a bigger pot once it fills the pot it's currently in, and let it get to good size. That way - it'll be more likely to establish and thrive  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • kasjkkasjk Posts: 137
    Thanks for the tip Fairygirl, that could be the reason why my previous clematis cutting died on me soon after planting it in the ground. I will definitely keep this one in a pot for a couple of years.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,088
    Plants are like our children ... can’t let them out into the big wide world on their own until they’ve grown up a bit  ;)

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • kasjkkasjk Posts: 137
    Haha, too right Dovefromabove, I learnt the hard way :)
  • Good for you, taking the clematis cutting, Summer Snow is reliably hardy and you have received good advice from this thread.  You will find that cuttings taken from your new young plant when it is actively growing in Spring, will root much easier than cuttings from the mature plant.
  • kasjkkasjk Posts: 137
    Hi Richard, I will take your advice on board and try out another cutting this spring, can never have enough plants!
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