clematis

jasmineflowerMay 8, 2007

Does anybody have success with propagating the clematis? I have tried several times, but the plant always dies. If your method works, I'd love for you to share it. Also, I would like to learn other info - cross pollinating techniques, easy inexpensive supports/trellises, and gardener's favorite choices. Thanks for your help!

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vetivert8(NI-NZ zone 9a)

You might also like to post on the Clematis forum.

I grow several different kinds of Clematis (but nowhere near as many as the fans on the Clematis forum!) and most of them like to scramble up through shrubs or trees, though C integrifolia prefers draping itself over the ground. Looks great with tuberous begonias in suitable colours and late-flowering daffodils

C integrifolia can be divided like a 'perennial' though it can take some time to settle back into growth.

C. tibetana showers seeds everywhere and, if they land in gravel, happily sprout to grow away.

C buchananii has stems like a ship's hawsers so the thought of layering or taking cuttings hasn't quite appealed. It's a real 'climb for the sky' sprawler but the bees love it in late autumn. On a fine day it literally hums with worker bees and bumbles.

Clematis such as 'Nelly Moser' have a suckering habit and these can be parted from the parent plant then grown on. Layering is also a possible. I'd use a mix of leaf mould and sharp grit to get a healthy root mass. It's said that the plant resents having its roots disturbed - and I'd agree, so I'd do any layering where I could lift the roots with a good wad of earth, nice and damp. About a month after severing the connection to the parent plant.

Patience is essential. I wish they were as obliging as strawberries but they aren't so I do my best to keep my busy fingers off for at least a year. Might be different in your area.

Good luck. They're lovely plants to have in the garden.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2007 at 10:03PM
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jasmineflower

Thanks for your advice! I have another question I am going to post to the forum and thought maybe you might also offer some answers. It appears that two of my clematis have wilting disease. I have researched this and even tried many of the suggestions, however all has failed. The first year when planted both were healthy. Ever since then, the three year-olds have come out strong in the early spring with huge buds and bunches of healthy leaves. Next thing I know, within a days time, they die back to the ground. I have looked at possible causes none seem to appear. All I see is wilt and dying. Any help?

    Bookmark   May 17, 2007 at 12:26PM
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