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Clematis propagation

I have a couple of group 3 clematis, when I come to prune them is it worth treating the prunings as cuttings? If so will they be ok in a cold frame and should I use rooting hormone and ordinary or sterile compost? 

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,310

    I don't have any group 3 at the moment, and I usually propagate my clematis by layering, but it's certainly worth having a go.  I would use a loam-based compost with added grit - I probably wouldn't use rooting hormone, but why don't you try some with and some without and let us know the result?  

    They'll be fine in a cold frame as long as they have plenty of ventilation - you just need lots of patience image

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  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 10,207

    Ashleigh - if the hardwood cuttings don't work then try some softwood ones in July/August - i have had success with group 3's that wayimage

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  • Thank you both, I'll let you know how it goes. Dovefromabove can you begin layering at any time year?

  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    Ashleigh try this link to the rhs.

    It is easy to take clematis cuttings, and I do use hormone rotting powder.

    I have done them in water as well although opinions are split on water cuttings and hormone powder.

    http://apps.rhs.org.uk/advicesearch/profile.aspx?pid=97

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 79,310
    Ashleigh 2 wrote (see)

    Thank you both, I'll let you know how it goes. Dovefromabove can you begin layering at any time year?

    I do it when I think of it, but the growth happens through the late spring and summer. image

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