How to Grow Clematis from Cuttings Step By Step

How to Grow Clematis from Cuttings

The majority of the time, when you buy clematis, you’re getting an established plant with a strong root and leaf structure. Clematis cuttings can also be used to grow the plant. Let’s have a look at how clematis cuttings may be propagated.

How to Grow Clematis from Cuttings

Clematis cuttings are the best approach to start growing Clematis. Cuttings are the most convenient technique to propagate clematis. Early in the summer, start propagating clematis by taking clematis cuttings from your healthy clematis for clematis propagation.

You’ll want to use half-green woodcuts, which are those that have just begun to turn hard (brown) wood. To help them root, spray them with a rooting hormone and place the clematis cuttings in sterile soil.

Be mindful that when you buy your roots from the local garden center, they are almost always grafted roots. This strengthens them and makes it simpler for them to root.

Your own clematis cuttings, on the other hand, can still provide good results. It might take anywhere from one to two months for clematis cuttings to take root. Keep the cuttings in high humidity and bright but indirect light while they’re rooted.

Care for Clematis Cuttings after Rooting

Once the clematis has taken root, ensure the roots remain in touch with the soil. To begin, modify the soil to make it suitable for fresh clematis proliferation.

After the stems have fully rooted, trim them back to 12 inches (31 cm) in height. This will make it easier for the plant to branch out and climb up a trellis or fence. Place the crown a few inches (5 cm) below the soil level to ensure that it is well prepared if it is accidentally cut back or mowed over.
Make sure you fertilize your lawn at least once a year. Rooted clematis cuttings enjoy rotten manure as well. They are healthy and happy because of the manure. If you like, you may use it as mulch.

Your clematis vines require a lot of sunshine, but the roots must remain cold and wet. Clematis propagation is simple, and before you know it, you’ll have a variety of clematis plants spreading across your yard. Clematis propagation is simple, and you’ll end up with an abundance of blooms and new plants each season.

When to Take Clematis Cuttings

From late spring through the end of summer, stem cuttings can be used to propagate the plant.

Depending on their age, these cuttings are given different names:

  1. Softwoods in the spring
  2. Semi-ripe in the summer
  3. Ripe in the late summer
  4. Hardwoods in the autumn

The more sensitive the cutting is, the younger (newer, greener) it is. Later in the season, cuttings are harder but take longer to root. There are advantages to both!

It will never be 100 percent successful, just like any other propagation technique. I normally produce 10 to 12 pieces, which come from three lengthy cuttings and end up with three to six plants to plant in the garden. Some will live for years, just as we want, but others will die off or succumb to the dreadful clematis wilt.

However, much like seeds, it takes little work to start a lot of them, so you should end up with a lot of them (hopefully).

How to Choose a Clematis Cutting

This is for late spring or early summer softwood cuttings. To take cuttings from, choose an established vine (at least two years old).

Make certain it isn’t an invasive species. In many growing zones, Sweet Autumn is a nuisance.

The ideal growth to cut isn’t the ultra-fine fresh green growth in the spring, but a few weeks or more into the growing season, when they begin to thicken.

They aren’t tough or woody yet, but they aren’t the very fine tendrils of early growth either. Stems containing buds or blossoms should be avoided. Steps for Propagating Clematis Cuttings

There are several ways to propagate clematis:

Clematis may be grown from seed (which is a very slow process taking up to 3 years for germination).

Plants that have reached maturity should be divided and transplanted (great if you have them). Stacking (stem of a living vine is pinned to the ground until it establishes strong roots).

Grafting is the process of grafting two or (not considered the best way to grow clematis). Cuttings are used to start a new plant (quick and easy but not all will root).

Clematis cuttings are the easiest to take, aside from division. It’s hit-or-miss: some batches will all root, while others will not. However, if you appreciate plant propagation and want more free plants, it’s absolutely worth a go. 

Frequently Asked Questions
Can you grow clematis from a cutting?

Yes. We’re collecting softwood cuttings in this lesson in late spring or early summer when the stems are still green and not yet woody.

Hardwood cuttings taken in the fall or early spring can also be used to grow some clematis. Look up the best timing and methods for your specific variety to get the best advice.

Do clematis cuttings need light to root?

Yes, you are maintaining the growth of a living plant, which necessitates the use of light.

However, clematis, particularly sensitive cuttings, can be finicky and will wither in direct sunlight. If the humidity is too low or too high, they will turn brown and decay.

This, I believe, is why it’s so satisfying when the cuts succeed: it’s a challenge at times.


I hope you find this article helpful. I would like to hear from you. So, let me know if you have any questions about growing Clematis from cuttings.


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