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kellydz
Richland, MI
(Zone 5b)

September 16, 2010
3:11 PM

Post #8102802

I have two that I planted this spring without knowing anything about them. Just noticed this week that the seeds are drying on the plants. I know they won't be true to type but does anyone know if they are even fertile? Anyone have experience with these in regards to drying, stratifying, etc?
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

September 17, 2010
7:25 PM

Post #8105103

I have not collected seeds from plants, but have purchased clematis seeds.
Depending on the type of clematis, they require different periods of warmth,
then chilling, and then back to warmth.

Go to one of the Clematis forums and ask again.
kellydz
Richland, MI
(Zone 5b)

September 17, 2010
9:15 PM

Post #8105254

I asked at the Clematis forum with no response. I read a bit about how they are pretty complicated to germiate so I think I may just stick to simpler seeds. Thanks for responding though!
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

September 19, 2010
12:50 AM

Post #8106983

What kind of Clematis are you growing?
I have the directions for germinating four kinds.

The easiest is clematis heracleifolia---the non climbing herbaceous one.
It just needs warmth and high humidity to germinate.
Last year I did it as a wintersow,but that was not necessary as it germinates readily in warmth.
On August 19, I spread seeds on a moist paper towel and there are lots of sprouts now at one month later.
I only obtained one plant from winter sowing, but then I do not know how fresh the seeds were.

Caroline
(story to be continued)
kellydz
Richland, MI
(Zone 5b)

September 19, 2010
10:42 AM

Post #8107573

All mine are climbers. I have Mrs. N Thompson, Fireworks, and Rouge Cardinal. I believe that Mrs. N Thompson is the only one setting seed.
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

September 20, 2010
7:09 AM

Post #8109345

I think those are all clematis macropetala.
In which case the seeds need warmth and moisture for about 4 weeks at warm ( 70F).
Then 8 weeks, still moist, at 'frig cool temperatures.
Then move back to room temperature for germination which can take 2 to 6 weeks. Keep seeds moist through to germination. I use moist paper towels,but you could use moist, sterile starter soil.
Then when they germinate,they are transplanted to pots of potting soil.

Good Luck!
Caroline
kellydz
Richland, MI
(Zone 5b)

September 20, 2010
4:33 PM

Post #8110397

Maybe I will give it a try. It will be fun to see what comes up. Thanks for the instructions Caroline!
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

September 20, 2010
10:15 PM

Post #8111224

Go for it!
Growing things from seeds is fun!
MaypopLaurel
Cleveland,GA/Atlanta, GA
(Zone 7b)

October 28, 2010
5:34 PM

Post #8182036

I have C. armandii seed from this past Spring. Any advice?

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