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I have been wondering which is the best way to take cuttings of Clematis.

Also what is the best time of year to do this some advise please.



  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 37,204

    Hi Adam

    Its rather difficult to explain just writing it down but if you go onto youtube you'll find plenty of help there with videos showing you exactly what to do. Now would be a good time to take cuttings as they are growing well. Good luck!

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  • sanjy67sanjy67 Posts: 1,007

    ive just taken clematis cuttings this is what i did:

    mixed up a medium of 2parts compost, 1part sand, 1 part perlite.

    in a medium sized pot put 2/3 inches of  normal compost in bottom pot, then insert into the middle, a smaller empty pot, you should have an inch, give or take of perimeter to now fill with your 'made up' mixture, water and make holes for your cuttings, i have 5/6 in one pot.

    insert your new growth cuttings, these should have two sets of leaves, one set on the end and one set below, take your cutting a few mm below this set.

    now remove lower set and any flower buds that are on the top set of leaves, insert your cuttings into the holes around edge of pot and mist them with water 2 or 3 times a day, when you see new growth you will know they are rooting. good luck

  • sanjy67sanjy67 Posts: 1,007

    here's the photo of how i have done it.


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  • sanjy67sanjy67 Posts: 1,007

    thank you hazel, i need step by step destructions when i do things so i try and do the same when explaining methods, i took that photo today so as you can see they are still alive, the woody looking cuttings are one i snapped last year while winding them around the trellis, i just stuck them in a nearby basket of compost and they had new growth on them this spring, i had to move them as i use the basket for bedding plants, so they joined the 'new growth' cuttings to see if they will develop into a plant too, my clematis is a Montana 'mayleen' smells amazing. 

  • Sanjy, what is the pot in the centre for, please ?

    Have you successfully rooted clematis cuttings using this method ?


  • sanjy67sanjy67 Posts: 1,007

    hi richard, i have tried various methods before unsuccessfully i might add and found this method (wish i could remember where i read it so i could post it for you, anyway it made a lot of sense to me image i think it is based on the fact that cuttings seem to root better when they are next to the plastic pot rather than say the centre of a pot, so i think that having 'pot' very near both sides of the cutting that it has a much better success rate, these are my first cuttings i have done like this so we shall see if it works but they are certainly putting on growth with this method, i'm also sure that as the perimeter is gritty and free draining you have more control over how wet the medium becomes or rather for how long, when the clematis roots, you can take centre pot out and fill in the gap with compost.

    it's annoying me now i can't remember where i read about it image

    Last edited: 13 May 2016 19:53:41

  • imageI do mine internodal, these are clematis Jenny cuttings taken 20th April 2016.

    Last edited: 13 May 2016 20:16:22

  • sanjy67sanjy67 Posts: 1,007
    Richard Hodson says:
    imageI do mine internodal, these are clematis Jenny cuttings taken 20th April 2016.

    Last edited: 13 May 2016 20:16:22

    See original post

     i'm impressed, i shall have to google how to do that too image

    googled it, i've done thst quite a few times with no success image

    Last edited: 13 May 2016 20:23:08

  • Clematis propagation is difficult, whichever method you use, some like the montanas, are easier.

    That's why clematis are £8 to £25 and fuchsias are half a crown ( half a crown is 12 and a half p.)

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